The owners of a new craft beer brewery in Spartanburg County said they expect to open April 15.

Josh Dodson and Jonathan Duke, owners of New Groove Artisan Brewery, are busy renovating a 4,100-square-foot space at 4078 Highway 9 in Boiling Springs that previously housed a Tornados convenience store.

Dodson and Duke, a couple of hobby brewers who met and became friends through the Spartanburg Brew Club, said they received their federal permit on Valentine’s Day.

They hope to soon their state licenses and will begin hiring for four new jobs at the beginning of April.

Dodson said the owners kicked off a 30-day capital campaign via the crowdfunding website Indigogo in early February. That campaign will end March 2, but they have the option to continue it.

He said people who give to the campaign will be eligible to receive perks, including merchandise deals and special rates on group membership packages.

“There seems to be a pretty good buzz out there in the community,” Dodson said. “We welcome donations. We have great plans for this space, but additional funding will go a long way.”

Duke, a native of Carrolton, Ga., previously taught percussion at Dorman High School. He “got the bug” for making beer after he entered one of his brews in a contest and won.

Dodson recently sold his kitchen hood cleaning business, Greasepro LLC, in order to go full-time into brewing.

The owners have received some of their equipment, including tanks and a walk-in cooler. They expect the interior of the brewery to start to take shape in the coming weeks when the renovations kick into high gear.

Dodson said he anticipates New Groove’s “brewhouse” will arrive the first week of March.

Duke and Dodson will be at the Spartanburg Brew Club’s meeting with a sampling of New Groove beers, including a new sour IPA, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at Hub City Tap House at 197 E. St. John St. in downtown Spartanburg.

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