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Pint of passion: New WNC brewery sparks camaraderie

Opening last fall, Angry Elk Brewing in Whittier features over a dozen handmade craft ales. Opening last fall, Angry Elk Brewing in Whittier features over a dozen handmade craft ales. Garret K. Woodward photo

Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Greg Wasik saw firsthand that trademark sense of community at neighborhood taverns around the Motor City. And that genuine scene of friendship and fellowship is something still deeply cherished within him. 

Those Midwestern memories are at the core ethos of Angry Elk Brewing. Located right along the bustling U.S. 441 on the outskirts of Cherokee, the Whittier business has become a beacon of people, place and pints since it opened its doors last November. 

Two years later, the Wasiks sold the brewery. And it wasn’t long after that where they had their sights on the current Angry Elk building. Constructed in 1958, the structure was originally a longtime diner, then a Mexican restaurant for several years. 

“We’ve been trying to get this building for three years,” Greg said, sitting in the depths of Angry Elk. “And I always felt if the right opportunity came along that we’d do another [brewery].” 

“Most every brewery has the basics — blonde, IPA, pale ale, dark beers. Sure, the beer is great at these places, but the brewery itself is the attraction,” Greg said. “And each brewery gets into its own creativity to make funky beers. But, for me, it’s also about just having a nice, comfortable place to sit down and enjoy the company of others — family, friends and strangers.” 

Want to go? 

With an array of handcrafted ales and food trucks, Angry Elk Brewing is located at 3312 U.S. Hwy 441 N in Whittier. 

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