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Coming full circle: BearWaters Brewing opens Waynesville location

BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville will feature axe-throwing cages, an arcade and more. BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville will feature axe-throwing cages, an arcade and more. Garret K. Woodward photo.

Founder/co-owner of BearWaters, it’s been a long, arduous road for Sandefur — blood, sweat, tears and craft beer. Known as “The Warehouse,” this latest endeavor in West Waynesville will not only be the brewery’s third brick-n-mortar spot — with Riverside in Canton and Creekside in Maggie Valley — but also a truly full circle moment for Sandefur & Co. 

By 2016, Sandefur teamed up with food/beverage professional Art O’Neil, and the duo soon launched the popular BearWaters Riverside brewery/restaurant along the Pigeon River in downtown Canton. Not long after came the BearWaters Creekside on Soco Road in the west side of Maggie Valley. 

Want to go? 

Known as “The Warehouse,” the newest BearWaters Brewing location will officially open to the public on Tuesday, May 23, at 1940 South Main Street in Waynesville. 

Featuring a full arcade/game room, pickleball/cornhole courts and axe-throwing cages, the vast space also houses a taproom with several handcrafted ales ready to pour. 

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