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New downtown Wake Forest brewery now open

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WAKE FOREST — Norse Brewing Company is open.

The new downtown brewery held a soft opening Thursday evening with a selection of beers made in collaboration with other area breweries. A newsletter from the brewery said “it will take a few more weeks to fill our tanks” with the company’s new original beers, but that those brews will be available in time for a grand opening early next year.

The joint venture of Wake Forest residents Chris Jorgensen and Brad Wynn, Norse Brewing Company will offer a variety of beers, ciders, cocktails and wines. It will also serve food inspired by Jorgensen’s Nordic heritage.

The collaboration beers the company is serving now were made in partnership with Lynwood Grill & Brew Concern, Bond Brothers, Deep River Brewing and Raleigh Brewing Company. Wynn, a brewer of 24 years, said his new beers in the works will use ingredients inspired by Nordic countries, including spruce tips, pine, juniper and a Norwegian yeast known as kveik.

The brewery is at 203 Brooks St., in the building that one housed La Foresta Italian Cafe, which closed earlier this year.

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