After seeking community support, Trollingwood Taproom and Brewery at 707 Dickinson Ave. closed to the general public last Sunday, however the business will remain open tentatively for pre-scheduled events.
The concept of the taproom came to be in 2012 when Grayson Williams, the owner and brewer of Trollingwood, realized Greenville offered few options for beer drinkers. He and his team renovated the now-brewery in 2014 and 2015, and then Trollingwood opened to the public in 2015, according to the taproom’s website.
The taproom and brewery operated on a three barrel natural brewing system and used a rotation of four fermenters and three brite beer serving tanks, according to the website.
According to the website, Williams performs classing aleing techniques and has developed an “electric mix” of styles which appeal to a wide range of tastes. He has “perfected” four staple brews, as well as a lineup of rotating seasonal ales.
“Our taproom offerings are rounded out with experimentals and guest taps from the best breweries that North Carolina provides,” according to the website.
Jeff Blinder, who was in charge of Trollingwood’s entertainment calendar as well as working as a bartender at the taproom and brewery, said that the business offers “dry, sessionable funky & complex Ales.”
Blinder said Trollingwood, which wass open from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday, 1 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, wass a great place to come and relax, enjoy brews and listen to music.
“We have collaborated with an 80’s Bar Crawl, host a weekly Run Club where if certain miles are ran, gift certificates are given out and we are always keeping our eyes open for more fun, collaborative endeavors,” Blinder said.
According to Blinder, Trollingwood differentiates from other breweries and taprooms, as its barrel fermentation and small scale batches are made in house. He said his favorite part about working at Trollingwood is his coworkers and the people he meets when locals visit the brewery.
Blinder said the reason Trollingwood is at risk for closing is due to the difficulty of running a business in a college town, especially during the summer months.
“This one (summer) just hit harder than ones in the past, and we came to a critical point this month where we need to restrategize and restructure and to take a moment to reflect to see if we can come up with a viable plan for a revamp so we can continue on,” Blinder said.
According to Blinder, Trollingwood began hosting “Save Trollingwood” parties to spread the word to the Greenville community and to seek support from its residents, and to hopefully bring in a larger crowd.
Blinder said hosting parties were an immediate reaction to the news of the brewery potentially closing by the staff members, and Williams wanted the parties to be a celebration of Trollingwood’s time in Greenville.
“We changed the theme to be more of a celebratory endeavor commemorating all the good times and relationships we’ve made with local patrons and the connection we’ve made with the local musicians in town. Even if Sunday (June 30) is the end of this chapter we wanted to give folks who have been there on this journey an opportunity to celebrate the ride,” Blinder said.
According to Blinder, Trollingwood wass not just a brewery, but a “safe place” for people to come in, relax, talk to the bartenders and staff members and enjoy the brews and music. Many of their customers have become friends of the staff as well, Blinder said.
Blinder said the Trollingwood community is a “close family” consisting of staff, locals, and regular customers. He said he will be disappointed to see it go.
“We’re a beautiful little community and Trollingwood has not only impacted Greenville but it’s impacted me in ways I didn’t imagine, and I’d hate to lose my home away from home,” Blinder said.
Melissa Glen, an alumna of East Carolina University, said she was upset with the news that Trollingwood may be closing. Glen said she had been visiting Trollingwood more recently and has enjoyed her time there.
Glen said she believes Trollingwood was one of the only places in Greenville which offers a wide variety of live music.
“I’ve always loved music and Trollingwood offers just that. They were the first brewery in Greenville and they started the chain reaction of other breweries and music venues coming to Greenville’s downtown and I think that’s amazing,” Glen said.