Natty Greene’s Brewing
One of the fastest growing craft breweries in the country
Founded in 2004 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company is the realization of Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher’s long-time dream of opening a brewery. The two friends met in college in the early 1990’s and were inspired by the American craft brewing movement that was just getting started.
In 1996, Chris and Kayne had the opportunity to take ownership of the Spring Garden Bar and Grill, a popular eatery in downtown Greensboro. They decided to transform the property into a showcase for unique craft beers and thus changed its name to Old Town Draught House. It was the first place in central North Carolina to emphasize excellent and unusual craft brews and it became an instant success. In fact, Chris and Kayne went on to open two additional craft beer focused restaurants and bars over the next six years (First Street Draught House in nearby Winston-Salem and TapRoom in Greensboro).
In 2004, Chris and Kayne were ready to make their brewery dream a reality. Natty Greene’s Brewing Company was born in downtown Greensboro with a focus on crafting full-flavored, great tasting beers in a variety of styles. Their head brewer, Scott Christoffel, has been with the team since the beginning and is the creator and originator of many of Natty Greene’s most popular styles.
The brewery was a big hit and to satisfy rising demand, Natty Greene’s opened a production brewery in 2006, followed by a third brewery location in Raleigh in 2010. From a dream shared by two college friends, Natty Greene’s has grown into a well-respected craft brewery whose award-winning beers have made it America’s 30th fastest-growing craft brew brand. Cheers!