ROXBORO, NC-It started after a trip. Kyle James got the idea for 1792 Beer Co. after visiting similar shops in some other North Carolina towns. Zack Wynne was already working for Person County government in the GIS office and convinced Kyle that Roxboro was a strong community with the potential for growth. It would be the perfect place for a new bottle shop, he argued.

Kyle and Zack knew they wanted a space to offer not only a wide selection but also a clean, open, and welcoming space for everybody. After looking at a few properties, 1792 Beer Co. found its home on Main Street and the process of securing a loan and renovating the shop began. While Kyle had years of retail management experience and Zack worked in state and local government neither had started a business before.

At times, it was a “learn as you go” process full of hard work and plenty of ups and downs. The loan was secured through the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments in October 2018 and the renovation, which was mostly cosmetic, took place in November and December.

Something For Everyone 

While the name “beer” is in the title, there’s something for everyone: hard ciders, wine, sodas, snacks, and juice for the kids. The wifi-equipped shop has cornhole and other games.

People are welcome to bring food in to enjoy as well. 1792 Beer Co. plans to be involved in the uptown community by hosting and collaborating on future events including food trucks, crafting events, wine and beer tastings, and fitness events. 1792 is located at 106 N. Main Street across from Green’s Jewelers and is open Tuesday through Thursday 4-9, Friday 4-10, Saturday 2-10, and Sunday 1-5.