Bright Penny Beer Garden

The new beer garden at Bright Penny Brewing Company.

Mebane now has its first permanent outdoor beer garden, as Bright Penny Brewing Company opened their new outdoor space on Thursday, May 19, providing a much-needed addition to the city’s thriving social scene. The opening also coincided with the release of the brewery’s 100th batch of beer brewed, which became available Thursday.

For now, the Bright Penny Beer Garden will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, whether permitting.

The idea for a permanent beer garden at Bright Penny has been brewing for a while, General Manager Tory Williams told the Mebane Enterprise. But it wasn’t until brewmaster Lance Furer and new events coordinator Natalie Furer recently joined the staff that the ball really got rolling.

“We knew that we have a great outdoor space, we just didn't feel like it had a lot of purpose, and that's, that's pretty much what it came down to,” Williams said. “We've always known that we want to be a destination, more than just the restaurant and that's kind of the basis for us putting this in place.”

The Bright Penny Beer Garden provides patrons an open, outdoor space on the west side of the brewery. The beer garden features cornhole board, couches, Adirondack chairs, multiple fireplaces, a mural painted by Burlington’s Painted Grape, shaded areas, an outdoor bar and more.

At recent festivals in downtown Mebane, a temporary beer garden was set up on the corner of West Clay and North Third Streets, which was a hit both times. Bright Penny was one of the breweries represented at the 2021 Autumn Festival beer garden and the only brewery represented at the recent Dogwood Festival beer garden. 

The hope is the new beer garden will give customers a fuller brewery experience. “When you go to a brewery it's more of it's not, you're not going there just to eat and leave,” Williams said. “You're going there to kind of have the full experience, enjoy that atmosphere. It's more of a laid-back place than it is get in and get out.”

Williams also noted it was important for the brewery to make use of their outdoor space and a beer garden was the best way to do that, especially as outdoor seating is something, he said, the brewing industry thrives off.

“We're looking for just a comfortable place to hang out, not necessarily the hustle and bustle of a restaurant,” he said. “It's a place you can just come and bring a group people and just hangout around the fireplace or play cornhole or just relax and enjoy the place.”

Bright Penny also prides itself on being very family friendly, and the beer garden will make the establishment even more welcoming to families.

For more information on Bright Penny Brewing Company and the new beer garden, visit brightpennybrewing.com.