Mike Marsden 

Member of the Month - Mike Marsden

Mike is the kind of guy you would want to be your best friend. Not only is he a heck of a nice guy he owns a brewery (two in fact). Along with his wife and partner, Dawn and daughter Samantha aka Sammy, Mike is the Owner and Brew Master of Valley River Brewery in Downtown Murphy with a second location in Downtown Hayesville. To say he is busy is an understatement.

Originally from Burlington, Wisconsin where Mike and Dawn met and married Mike made a somewhat circuitous route to Murphy, NC. But apparently this destination was fated for Mike. While in the Air Force Mike began vacationing with his family in the Bryson City area. He and Dawn realized they loved Western North Carolina and felt it would be a great place to raise their two little girls. Mike was then able to realize his true passion; brewing. Influenced by English style brewing while being stationed in England Mike was co-founder of the Nantahala Brewing Company where Mike was instrumental in their business success. Then Mike found Murphy.

Realizing an "untapped" market for a Brewery in Murphy he began scouting locations, finally landing at 71 Tennessee Street. Mike admits that Harrah's Valley River Casino coming to Murphy influenced his decision to set up shop here. After barely a year and a half business was so good he opened another location in the Downtown Hayesville last July. When asked about possible new locations in the future, Mike laughed, "I would love to, but Dawn would kill me." He did confirm that he has no desire to get picked up by a big distributor or be on grocery store shelves. He philosophy seems to be keep it local and keep it personal.

So stop in and meet Mike and the family. Check out the tap selection and order up one of their famous brick oven pizzas.


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