Greene County's Beer Hound Brewery Thriving

Posted: Updated: Jan 8, 2013 07:03 PM EST

Greene County is tapping into economic growth.

Just months after opening, business is booming at Beer Hound Brewery, the county's only brewery, and many are hoping this is just the beginning.

The brewing business has been very successful in Nelson and Albemarle counties, and Greene County hopes to replicate that success.

"Even when the economy is down, places like this still thrive," said Tony Williams, Greene County's director of economic development. "Our region has done well with breweries, so it's a natural fit for it to come right into Greene County."

Kenny Thacker, the owner of Beer Hound Brewery, said, "We're getting some tourists that are going back and forth from Charlottesville to D.C. that are stopping in and getting growlers to take back to family in different parts of the state."

In addition to being a tourist attraction, the Department of Economic Development wants to keep the attention of people who live in the county, instead of seeing dollars go elsewhere.

It says since Beer Hound Brewery opened its doors, more people are getting excited about them coming to the county.

"And one of the things with breweries—the more you have it doesn't take away from the other. It's enough to go around," Williams said.

Not only has this location added to Greene County's nightlife, but it also provides a learning environment, offering classes and selling starter kits to those interested in brewing.

"I believe we are on the right track to growing into a real great destination for Greene County and a lot of the local businesses also," Thacker said.

One of things that have really helped business is bringing in live music. Thacker says that's one area he hopes to grow this year.