Recent Press Release about Nazz’d in “The Alamance News”

Nazz’d recently announced our intentions to build the brewery and grille in Graham, North Carolina in “The Alamance News”! Take a look at our press release!


Posted by Alamance News on Thursday, July 19, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: New Microbrewery & Restaurant to start renovations of historic W.J. Nicks Building in Graham, NC



Graham, NC 27253 – Court Square Development Group, LLC announces that it will employ E.P. Gates Construction & Realty to immediately start renovations to the historic W. J. Nicks building that has sat vacant on Court Square since 1964.  NAZZ’D Brew Works & Grille, founded by James Hopson (Head of Operations), Thomas Vincent (Head Brewer), and Patrick Miller (Executive Chef) former business colleagues and longtime friends have announced their plans to locate in historic downtown Graham.  They have joined their passion for great beer and food into some of the best, authentic tasting ales and lagers that are true representations of the regions and countries where beer first originated, paired with food inspired by both local and global recipes.  

They envision the brewery and restaurant to be a local meeting place after work and a space people will come to celebrate their special occasions. James, Thomas and Patrick are very excited about becoming a part of the fabric of this community.  “Graham has so much to offer and the location is really perfect for what we want to create. We can’t wait to get started producing flavorful, handcrafted beers, locally sourced farm to table meals and a great social experience for the people in this community,” says James Hopson, Head of Operations.  “We look forward to partnering and building relationships with local farmers to source our meats, produce and NC seafood,” says Patrick Miller, Executive Chef.

Opening in early 2019, NAZZ’D Brew Works & Grille will brew time-honored classics and modern-inspired seasonals in house and right on the Court Square. Locals will enjoy the casual and welcoming brewery taproom, which will show brewing aficionados the entire brewing process.  “I have been a professional brewer for more than 10 years and it is important to me to bring the great hand-crafted beer experience to Graham,” says Thomas, the Head Brewer of NAZZ’D. The business also plans to distribute beer to local restaurants and bars.

“We are thrilled to welcome NAZZ’D Brew Works & Grille to this community.  We have worked very hard to find the right tenant that will bring something really exciting to Graham,” says building owner, Jennifer Talley.  “This will be an exciting venture and a great re-use of this historical pre-Civil War building,” says Chuck Talley, General Contractor of E. P. Gates Construction & Realty.  NAZZD’ owners have met with the city and are very happy to work with them to make this a reality. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Graham that we are really looking forward to,” says Lee Kimrey, Mayor pro tem. The Mayor of Graham, Jerry Peterman had this to say, “It’s been one of my dreams to have the Nick’s building filled with a restaurant that would bring people to Graham.  I know it will be a showcase and I am so excited to have something like this that will bring local vegetables, meats and groceries to the table for the citizens of Graham to enjoy and just excited to have something of this quality located here.”

The historic W.J. Nicks building was constructed in 1850 and the microbrewery and restaurant is looking to take over 7,000 sq. ft. of the building, including the basement level.  The demolished building, located to the right of the Nick’s building, will also be rebuilt and include over 1,200 sq. ft of patio space and a terrace overlooking historic downtown.  The menu will focus primarily on farm to table quality with locally grown produce and family recipes.

The historic building features a hand poured brick facade, post and beam construction with lofty exposed ceilings, oversized windows, and most notably, expansive views of historic downtown.  The site is conveniently located in the center of Alamance County, within easy walking distance to historic downtown shops, the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, Alamance Arts, and the local movie theater, Graham Cinema.  It is located on Court Square, a connection hub for Hwy 54, Hwy 87, Hwy 49 and within a mile of I-40 and I-85. In addition, the owners are also the developers of the I-40 Drive-in, which has plans to open in 2019 as well.

ABOUT NAZZ’D Brew Works & Grille

To learn more about NAZZ’D Brew Works & Grille please contact James Hopson with questions or comments via the company Facebook page:  The word, “NAZZ’D” pronounced [nazzed] originated from a word in the old English used to describe the euphoric feeling achieved from the consumption of great beer and food.

ABOUT E.P. Gates Construction & Realty

Gates Construction was founded by Gattis Gates in 1916 and was handed down to his son Earl Paris Gates who ran the company until his retirement in 1993. In 1996, Earl Gates grandson, Chuck Talley, started his own construction business and named it in honor of his grandfather, Earl P. Gates. Gates who according to Talley “taught me everything I know.  I grew up under my grandfather’s feet playing with a bucket of nails and a piece of wood.” Earl Gates shared his love for old buildings with his grandson. Chuck recalls, “One of the first buildings I did in Graham was the Paris Building (which sits on the NW corner of Court Square). I was able to convince my grandfather, who was retired at the time, to come out and work on the renovation with me and it truly meant the world to me to share that experience with him.”  Ever since then, Chuck and his wife Jennifer have worked very hard at renovating various properties in Graham. Currently, the company manages approximately 118 tenants that rent a mix of office space, commercial space, lofts, and residential units in and around Graham.

E.P. Gates Construction & Realty’s strength lies in its passion to show others the value in saving these historic treasures.  They strive to rehabilitate underutilized, distressed or foreclosed properties and then return them to the rental market as thriving destination businesses.  For more information, visit