Sanctuary Brewing Company (SBC) will be closing the doors of its Hendersonville location in early June. Oklawaha Brewing Company, headed by Sanctuary Brewing Co-Owner and head brewer Joe Dinan will open in its place.
“We think the transition will be a smooth one. We’ll be reopening with the same bar staff, the same great lineup of brews, and the same love for the Hendersonville community. We are super excited for the next phase, we’ll be making a few physical changes to the space and hope to hit the ground running once the Covid outbreak has passed. Until then we’ll continue to offer to-go and curbside pickup and will open back up for in house service as the local government allows.” Dinan said.
Inconceivable Cafe, also owned by McDonald closed its doors in late March as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, with the eye towards reopening with Sanctuary Brewing in a new location.
Lisa McDonald, (Co-founder and current Co-owner of SBC) plans on reopening not only Sanctuary Brewing Company in a new location with all of the flagship beers, but also a restaurant, event space, and a true animal sanctuary.
“I’ve always thought of Sanctuary Brewing Company as a true sanctuary that celebrates not only incredible craft beer, but also advocates for human and non human animals in creative ways,” says McDonald. “We also host some of the best local live music around.”
Some of the ways Sanctuary Brewing has historically advocated for the community are the Kindness Wall where people can take or leave necessities including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, and food, and the monthly Help4 Hendo events McDonald hosted at Sanctuary where anyone can come in for clothing, toiletries, a hot meal, and a free haircut.
”The next generation of that vision is going to include all of those elements, and so much more,” says McDonald.
McDonald is currently researching properties that would allow Sanctuary Brewing to exist on a true sanctuary space, complete with a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and animal sanctuary. The property will also have overnight accommodations and fun events like live music, yoga, brewing classes, cooking classes, and interactions with the animals, just to name a few. She also plans on keeping the commitment to helping the local community, as Sanctuary Brewing Company has from day one.
“It’s going to be unlike anything anyone has done before and we cannot wait to get started!” McDonald said.
Sanctuary Brewing Company boasts an inclusive philosophy of service and advocacy to both humans and animals, and that will always be at the core of our mission and vision.
McDonald founded Kindness Empire in 2017, a non-profit that advocates for all human and non-human animals. Under the Kindness Empire Umbrella, she founded Sweet Bear Rescue Farm, an animal sanctuary for abused and neglected farm animals. SBRC is currently home to 45 animals that McDonald cares for, including cats, chickens, dogs, goats, pigs and turkeys.