Chattabrewchee held anniversary festivities over Labor Day weekend

Published 9:23 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

By Chris Heaney
The Valley Times-News

Throughout the afternoon and evening on Saturday, sports fans, locals and those from out of town alike were filtering in to West Point’s flagship brewery, Chattabrewchee.

While the brewery has consistent business year-round, Saturday saw even more folks coming through to celebrate the business’s one-year anniversary.

Chattabrewchee’s co-owner and founder Mike Denehy greeted visitors the celebration. 

He and his wife Kathy, who could not attend due to her active service in the Army, opened the brewery a year ago to not only give West Point a new, hometown attraction, but to give themselves the personal challenge of running a business.

“I encourage everyone to start their own business at some point,” Denehy said. “It is a great lesson in how our society works, and I am happy to be putting money into the system and creating economy versus taking money out as a government employee.”

Customers were treated to a full rundown of the different brews and their flavors from General Manager Brian Dunne.

Dunne started working with Mike and Kathy before the brewery even opened a year ago.

As their longest employee, he said the first year has been successful for the business and the community.

“It’s been great,” Dunne said. “It has been nice to see the change as we introduce the product to new customers. For a lot of local people, we are introducing them to the product as well. We get a fair number of people even coming over from Fort Benning because of the military tie in with Mike and Kathy.”

The amount of customer support showed too.

In numbers provided my Denehy, Chattabrewchee’s first year saw 8,328 individual tap accounts open and 73 different beer recipes. A total of 17,330 ounces were sold of their most popular brew, Backwater Blonde, and Chattabrewchee distributed over 650 kegs of their its in Georgia.

Saturday saw the taproom and outdoor beer garden of Chattabrewchee full of people celebrating the first year of the new West Point mainstay.

“We are starting to see more and more locals in our taproom and more and more taps in the Troup County area,” Denehy said. “While we cannot make the claim yet, we will consider ourselves a success when our neighbors in West Point, LaGrange, Valley, Lanett and Auburn/Opelika consider us a hometown favorite. We think that is going to happen in our second year.”