GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Downtown Gulfport will soon have its own brewery. And twin brothers from South Mississippi are pursuing a dream to make that happen. They're building Chandeleur Brewing Company in the heart of downtown.
Cain and Cam Roberds own and operate a construction company and they happen to love craft beers. So, they put together a team to transform a historic building into a micro-brewery.
Construction is well underway on the new micro-brewery. Stainless steel tanks line the walls. And the brewery team is excited about opening.
"We can't wait to open. We've been wanting to do this for a long time. We think Gulfport, especially downtown Gulfport really needs this. It will definitely benefit from this brewery," said General Manager Brandon Lewis.
The 8,000 square foot building has sat vacant in recent years. But it has been home to a number of businesses.
"It's a great space. I believe the building was built back in the 30s. It used to be a car dealership. And then pre-Katrina it was actually a cleaners, a dry cleaners," Lewis explained.
Reminders of that car dealer past remain on the walls, with painted signs that read, "Motors Tuned."
In the place where engines were once repaired, brewmaster Dave Reese is stoked about creating some memorable beers.
"Boy, I'm in a great field. It's kind of a dance between science and art. And a little bit of chemistry and a little bit of rock and roll," said Reese.
Finding a name for their new brewery was easy enough. Cain and Cam Roberds have long enjoyed their fishing trips to the Chandeleur Islands. So, Chandeleur Brewing Company seemed the perfect choice.
The friends and business partners of the brothers, are anxious to make the brewery a success.
"We've been friends for about 15 years, but it was definitely their vision, their idea to get this going. They've home brewed themselves and they wanted to do it on a bigger scale, and this is the best way to do that," said Lewis.
They hope to begin brewing beer in the next few weeks. Early next year, the brewery will be open to the public for tours and tastings.