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Lookingglass Brewery owner Mark Nunnelee pours a draft at the Winston brewery and tasting room last year.

Plans are in motion to expand Lookingglass Brewery this summer.

Owners Mark and Lydia Nunnelee transformed a workshop on their Lookingglass property into a brewery in 2015, and six months later opened up a taproom in Winston, where they offer 11 beers on tap.

Since then, the demand for the local brews has grown, so the Nunnelees plan to expand the brewery to meet that demand.

“We sell a lot of beer here and sell a few accounts around town too,” Mark Nunnelee said at the brewery Thursday afternoon. “There’s a huge need to expand, we need more beer as soon as possible.”

The couple plans to build a seven-barrel brew system in the current location of the taproom. The taproom takes up two lots, as the Nunnelees bought the entire building in 2017. The lot closest to Dillard Highway will be converted into the brewery while the other one will remain a taproom with the bar and seating options.

Lydia Nunnelee said customers will get the chance to walk through the brewery and see the machinery at work, and there will be seating on the outdoor patio next to the brewery.

“They’ll get to look at it and enjoy it,” she said.

Mark Nunnelee said he’s in talks with contractors and hopes to have the remodel finished this summer.

“Everything we do here we hope will improve the area and taproom,” he said.

Mark Nunnelee said with the current brewery system, Lookingglass Brewery can’t physically keep up with the amount of beer it needs to sell, and he’s had to turn down community events because of it.

Lydia Nunnelee added she and Mark Nunnelee have both been spending long days producing small batches of beer with the current system.

“It’s been a lot of work with not a lot of beer coming out of it, so it’ll be nice to have an eight-hour day and get more out of that,” Lydia Nunnelee said.

The smaller brewery system in Lookingglass will still be in operation for creating small batches to try out new flavors, Mark Nunnelee said.

“We’re passionate about the quality of our beer,” he said.

He said in the future, the couple plans to incorporate a kitchen into the brewery to offer food options as well.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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