As we began searching for a name we realized our family has several ties to the history of cotton. We’re from the South and Midwest with rural roots, our parents and their parents grew up cultivating cotton, and our family currently has farms that are leased to cotton and soybean farmers. Cotton House represents a sense of community, history, and southern hospitality.
Our brand focuses on making quality craft beer and connecting with our community, farmers, musicians, and other local artisans. Our family has lived in Cary, NC for over 45 years. Therefore, we really want to use our brand and venue to showcase our local history and promote the future of such an amazing diverse community.
Our artisan beer is crafted with natural ingredients, including hops from our own hops farm in Liberty, NC. Some of our hop varieties are specially engineered through our partnership with NC State Agricultural Department. These special hops will be brewed using traditional methods with modern techniques. Our Master Brewer Jamie McMillan trained in Germany and has been brewing for over 20 years earning regional and national awards. He also teaches brewing at Wake Tech, cultivating talent for many of the areas breweries, including our Assistant Brewer Jaime Firth. He also has managed four local brewery startups.
The Pasmore House, the location of our Taphouse, is a National Historic Site built in 1900. It was used as a housing facility for some of the first students at the original Cary High School, now the Cary Arts Center. By definition, a house is a gathering place where everyone feels welcome to share experiences. Cotton House Craft Brewers opens our home to you— to share craft beer made with hops from our own local hops farm. So y’all come on over and enjoy our home, craft beer, and the company of great neighbors.
THE RUNNING TURTLE HOPS FARM
We are integrating our business with a local hops farm, The Running Turtle Hops Farm, owned and operated by Art Robertson, who is also a partner in CHCB. Art is rapidly developing one of the most successful hops farms in the state. He is one of only a few NC hops farmers working with NC State and VA Tech Ag. departments to engineer new strains of hops that can thrive in the NC soil. We are also working with the NC Co-Op Exchange to look at organizing local farmers to gain the acreage needed to source grants and other funds that can help accelerate the growth of hops as a commercial crop across the area and state.
We have a crop of Cascade hops from 2018 that will be in our Eli’s amber and look forward to even more local hops that we can use in our beer next year.
Be on the lookout for tours to the farm next summer. Art built a log cabin that is a great venue for visiting and learning about farming hops in NC. We can’t wait to charter buses and share the hops farming experience with y’all.
Brent Webb – Owner
Brent brings a rich history of successful business development and sales for small businesses, large corporate services, and large healthcare corporations. Brent is passionate about food and beverage and has been working towards opening his own brewery for over a year. His roots are in the South and he’s passionate about being a part of a growing the craft beer industry within his community.
Jamie McMillan – Head Brewer
Jamie is an accomplished professional brewer with over 20 years of experience. He trained in Germany after a decorated and distinguished career as an Army Ranger, and he brings the discipline and process rigor from the Army to his craft. An award-winning brewer, Jamie is known in the local community and beyond for creating great beer and maintaining the highest of standards.
Jaime Firth – Assistant Brewer
Jaime Firth is a former student of Jamie McMillan. She has a degree in web development and has worked in a variety of industries before settling into the beer business 4 years ago. She is very active in the area and has helped promote and develop the local industry by creating relationships with virtually every brewery in the area.
Art Robertson – Hop Farmer
Art Robertson is a another former student of Jamie McMillan and the owner of Running Turtle Hops farm. He works closely with NCSU Ag. Dept., helping them engineer new hops that can be grown as a commercially viable crop in NC. He currently has 4 experimental hops that have matured over the last 3 years and are expected to harvest this fall, allowing us to brew beer that no one else in the world can. He is also working with the NC Farmers Co-Op Exchange and several universities to help promote the NC hops agriculture.
Caryl Webb – Back Office Operations
Caryl Webb is as close to a local as possible. Moving here as a ten year old she attended the original Cary Elementary school, Cary High, and completed her BA at NC State. She is a seasoned HR leader who will manage the back office operations for us.
Mike Butler – Front of House Operations
Mike Butler is a local North Carolina resident and an 8 year Army veteran who got his business degree from UNC. Mike currently manages one of the largest restaurants/brewpubs in Cary. Mike brings a strong background in operational management with an unmatched work ethic.