Brewing company crafts something more in Asheboro

The Pharmacy Craft Cocktails and Distilling is a new spot in downtown Asheboro. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

ASHEBORO – Four Saints Brewing Company has expanded with a companion spot.

The Pharmacy Craft Cocktails and Distilling opened last week – an adjacent gathering location under the same ownership.

“These are two separate businesses,” events manager Sam Baker said. “We’re providing two vastly different experiences.”

The Pharmacy will be geared toward a more sophisticated, adult crowd.

In the new space, patrons will be limited to age 21 and older. No pets will be allowed.

The tone will be distinctively different, Baker said.

“There will be fully crafted beverages,” she said. “It’s craft cocktails built and made in-house. We’re building beverages that are seasonal.”

Cody Weiss, who has been a craft cocktail bartender for a decade, will head up The Pharmacy’s brews.

“Whatever you put in the glass, make it balanced,” Weiss said. “I’m truly excited to unleash my creativity and embrace the freedom from the supportive ownership team. I’m eager to see where it takes us.”

The South Fayetteville Street location is within Asheboro’s social district.

Co-owner Joel McClosky said the newest venture still falls under Four Saints Brewing Company’s mission. With The Pharmacy, the goal will be setting “the stage for discerning individuals who appreciate top-notch libations thoughtfully crafted from locally sourced ingredients and house-made syrups,” according to the company’s announcement.

McClosky said the additional business would create more jobs and perhaps be an avenue for more growth opportunities.

The original Four Saints will remain family-oriented with a cross-section of ages and pets can enter.

“It’s a wonderful crossover,” Baker said. “Drinks stay in their respective bars.”

There will be a certain connection – guests at both businesses will share common restroom facilities.

The space for The Pharmacy had been used for storage before it was repurposed in the 1920-style building, Baker said.

“A huge renovation,” she said. “We’ve been working on this since summer 2012. We always knew we wanted to expand and make it something beautiful.”

For now, The Pharmacy will be open from 5-11 p.m. Thursdays, 5-12 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

Baker said an official grand opening will come later.

By Bob Sutton