GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Charting new waters in the Lake City -- Guntersville's first brewery is well on its way to opening; and while the brewery is centered in the middle of town, the owners say the town is at the center of its heart.
Inside a building on 431 in Guntersville, piles of skeletal necessities lay around, ready to make up what will soon be a first for Marshall County and the city.
Longtime Guntersville resident Brett Smith can't call the end result his own though. "Myself, my brother Clay Smith, and my wife Sarah Smith," he explains. Those are the three owners of Main Channel Brewing Company.
The idea started with home brewing and family. "You're doing it at home, it's a hobby," Smith says, "It was just something I wanted to do with my younger brother. He was real good at it and I just wanted to spend some time with him, so we've been doing this for several years together."
That morphed into something bigger.
Now Main Channel is growing, and at its heart is the city it calls home. "Everything about Main Channel is Guntersville centric," Smith says, "There's just several aspects of this lake that we're going to tie back into the beer styles and even our taproom and our facility is going to be very heavy in experiences of people of Guntersville."
Even the building sparks its own memories. "Several of us hung out here at the old Jitney Jr., and it's been several things since then, but it's been real funny when you tell people around here locally that 'yeah, we're going to be located in the Jit,' several people light up and can't wait to go back," Smith says.
The end result will be a culmination of looking to Guntersville's memories and its past, and weaving those threads into something unique.
"We're so proud as Guntersville people here, and I'm proud of the area," Smith says.
The brewery is set to open this summer.