Back before prohibition, most small towns had their own brewery. Monroe was no different. Our big brewery was Wahl Brewing. In the oral history at the library there were many stories about how Wahl was not just a brewery but a vital part of the community. One story is from a woman who tells how she would push a wheel barrel from Dunbar and South Dixie to the brewery to buy malt. It is almost a two mile hike, she said that the hard part was walking back home with a wheelbarrow full of malt.
The craft beer industry is bringing back that sense of communtity. A great example is what Original Gravity will be doing every Thursday. After a weather delay last week , OG will be having a farmers market on the brewery’s patio. It will run from 4pm to 7pm. Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables will drinking some beer. Best of all you will be supporting local farmers from Milan while supporting a local brewery.
Original Gravity Farmers Market