About Us

Scott & Sandy

Founders & Managing Partners

Scott’s beer-making journey began with the gift of a home-brew kit from Sandy while they were still dating. Scott quickly moved beyond kit brewing and into a dedicated brewhouse on their home property. Things really took off in 2018 though, when Sandy began serving what was then known as “Hootenanny Brewing Co.”  beer at her yoga studio and multiple locations around the greater Lake Norman area.

With public support for expansion, the current building located in Mooresville, NC became available. With a group of family, friends and supportive investors, Hootenanny got a brand lift and Hoptown was born.

Kyle McLaughlin

Head Brewer

Kyle’s skill and passion for beer and the beer-making process is a huge asset to Hoptown. He cut his teeth on brewing and packaging at Twenty-Six Acres in Charlotte, followed by time spent at Sugar Creek Brewing and then as the former head brewer for Jekyll and Hyde in Belmont, NC.

Kyle is married to wife Brandi and they have one son, Clayton. They met at Florida Southern where Brandi was on the softball team and Kyle was a Lacrosse player. He has been coaching lacrosse for the past 12 years at the youth and high school levels.

Awards

1st Place

2024
U.S. Open Beer Competition

Wedding Crasher IPA

Bronze

2024
World Beer Cup

Sweet Wings

1st Place

2024
People’s Choice QCBF

Vanilla Cream Java Dream

Gold

2023
NC Brewers Cup

Sweet Wings

Gold

2023
NC Brewers Cup

Oktoberfest Marzen

3rd Place

2023
CIBA Brewed Awards

Wedding Crasher IPA

1st Place

2023
CIBA Brewed Awards

Pumpkin Spice of Life

3rd Place

2023
People’s Choice QCBF

Peach Kolsch

Where It Begins