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Beer from Guntersville’s first brewery sold in local restaurants Wednesday, open date to follow over next couple of weeks

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  Guntersville's first brewery is steps away from opening. It's been a long process, but Main Channel Brewing Company is getting ready to open its doors.

Longtime Guntersville resident Brett Smith can tell you -- starting up a first for a county isn't easy and neither is opening up a brewery.

Smith is doing both, along with his brother, Clay, and his wife, Sarah. The three together own Main Channel Brewing Company.

The process to open has been long, but there's an end in sight.

Wednesday especially is a milestone. "Our beer gets to make local restaurants and bars," Smith says, "It was introduced to the market really at the Albertville Brewfest on Saturday."

They'll expand to the surrounding areas later on, but the focus is Guntersville and Marshall County for now.

Now the next step is putting the finishing touches to the lengthy process, and opening the doors.

"It'll be pretty quick now, we need to get a couple of things buttoned up but now that the beer's in the market, we need to get the doors opened up so people can come in and enjoy it too," Smith says.

The plan is to hold some launch parties in the area and then open soon after that.

Smith says if all goes according to plan, that will be in the next couple weeks.

"We're excited about the response we've gotten so far," Smith says, "The response has been tremendous. It's very humbling, and it's very nice."

The brewery is centered in Guntersville, on U.S. Highway 431 just past the historic downtown area. All aspects of the brewery are Guntersville centric, from the decor, to the names of the various beers.

Smith says they plan to be open for the weekends and various weekdays, starting in the afternoons and running into the evenings.