Olde Bedford Brewing opens in Fat Jimmy’s

BEDFORD — Fat Jimmy’s Outfitters and the Olde Bedford Brewing Co. will be collaborating businesses when the brewery officially opens for business today after a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.

Both Jim and Perci Fungaroli of Fat Jimmy’s and Dave and Mary Heller believe their separate companies are perfect complements to one another. The result is a new destination for visitors and residents.

“This new business showcases that entrepreneurialism is alive and well in Bedford County. Dave and Mary Heller have created a delicious and unique array of beers, which will now be offered in an incredibly cool pub in downtown Bedford,” said Bette Slayton, president of Bedford County Development Association.

“The shared space and vision of these two entrepreneurial companies — Fat Jimmy’s and OBBC — will create a tremendous draw for visitors from across the region and the state,” she said.

Fat Jimmy’s product lines include bicycles, kayaks and a host of other outdoor equipment.

Olde Bedford Brewery will serve locally crafted beers.

“We believe that bikes, boats and beers go together,” Fungaroli said in a statement. “After a day out on the lake or river or after a ride or hike, a family can relax at Olde Bedford Brewing with a local beer brewed on site.”

The new brew pub is located in a section of Fat Jimmy’s retail space.

“We really like this hybrid model of complementary businesses,” said Dave Heller in a statement. “Our interests are aligned.”

The brewery has been in the works for several years.

“It all began five years ago when my wife gave me a beer-making kit,” Dave Heller said.

The kit led him to grow hops on their Bedford County ranch. Some specialty beers will include water from a spring on their property.

“It is a beautiful spring, and we will try to capture the essence of the way they brewed in colonial times. We are the first brewery to be licensed to operate in Bedford County,” Dave Heller said.