Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Co. in Concord, N.C., is named after the original 26-acre plot on which the town of Concord was founded in 1796. Two of its flagship beers — Corban Ave. Honey Blonde and 26 Union St. Oatmeal Stout — were named after downtown streets in Concord. Safe to say, it's a place steeped in local history. The personal stories behind it, though, are perhaps just as compelling.
Twenty-Six Acres was founded through two primary factors. First was co-owner Joel Padgett's undying love of beer that made him "the beer guy" — the one who always had the latest hop bombs and deep stouts before they were cool (sorry hipsters, '80s and '90s beer nerds own that provenance). Second was the World Series of Poker, where he met his business partner, Wes Ports. Ports, who founded the WSOP group with Padgett, stepped in to to help Padgett bring Twenty-Six Acres came to life. In the back, a man named "Tater" — aka Eric Troutman, Twenty-Six Acres' head brewer — will be working his magic on a new 15-barrel system, though currently the brewery is making inventory on a 2-barrel experimental setup.
Twenty-Six Acres is located in a business park across from Concord Regional Airport. The inside is spacious, with concrete floors, an air hockey table, high ceilings, filament lights, and a bar adorned with patterned, multi-colored wood. Padgett plans on having a few invite-only soft openings in the coming weeks. The brewery will open sometime in the next month. Watch for more details coming soon!
Excerpts taken from the fascinating article in this Creative Loafing article: