Gulfport will get new microbrewery

lwalck@sunherald.comJuly 2, 2014 

For many Coastians, there's just something about a good fishing spot that creates a thirst for the crisp combination of fermented grain and hops.

For brothers Cammack and Cain Roberds, that connection has inspired them to open a microbrewery in downtown Gulfport: Chandeleur Brewery.

The two grew up fishing across the Gulf Coast but their favorite spot is the Chandeleur Islands.

The Gulfport natives attended Harrison Central High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. They also co-own a general contracting company, and built Fairhope Brewing Co. in Alabama.

As longtime homebrewers, they set their sights on a brewing business after the state passed a bill in 2012 allowing the higher-alcohol content found in most craft brews. Cain Roberds said the first thing he thought after the law passed was Gulfport needed a brewery.

"We want to grow everybody in the craft beer work, just like we were," he said.

They haven't decided on the brewery's staple ales yet, but would have some "boat-friendly" brews.

The brothers bought the building on 14th Street and 28th Avenue in December and are aiming to open by early November.

Cain Roberds said the 8,000-square-foot building will have a tap room and outdoor seating in addition to beer manufacturing.

"We're excited," he said. "I think it's going be really neat."

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