Ocean Sun is on the horizon, taking over the former Southern Moon space in Conway

Ocean Sun Brewing will become this city's latest craft sudsery when it opens this February in the space that once housed the Southern Moon Smokehouse on Curry Ford Road. Run by brothers Mark and Steve Wilkerson, along with Bob Deweese, the brewery will offer "new and creative" beers crafted by an "award-winning" brewmaster. Mark Wilkerson said he's not at liberty to divulge the name of the cicerone as yet.

Ocean Sun Brewing will share the space with La Fiesta Mexican Grill, who will make the move from across the street some time before the new year. While the two businesses share the same space, they will be separated and divided.

Ocean Sun's taproom will have plenty of seating, with two separate lounge-style areas. Food will be provided by local restaurants the brewery will partner with (restaurants to be named in the coming weeks). Wilkerson noted that their staff will be very knowledgeable and provide tours on request for anyone.

"Patrons interested in seeing or talking with our brewmaster just need to walk into the brewery and ask. We want our guests to feel like they are part of the brewery," says Wilkerson. "We will have several things going on, like weekly guest brewers, so if you want to brew beer on a big system with our brewmaster and have your name on the tap handle, come on in."

Below is Ocean Sun's beer list:

Core Lineup:

Light American Lager: A clean, light refreshing pale lager with very low malt and hop flavors. 2.8% - 4.2% ABV

German Pilsner: A clean, refreshing lager that prominently features noble German hop bitterness. 4.4% - 5.2% ABV

Kolsch: A clean, crisp, delicate beer with soft malt and hop character. 4.4% - 5.2% ABV

American Hefeweizen: A hoppier version of its German sister. A pale, fruity, refreshing wheat based ale. 4.3% - 5.6% ABV

Belgian Pale Ale: A moderately malty, fruity, somewhat spicy, easy drinking copper colored ale. 4.8% - 5.5% ABV

Belgian Tripel: A golden, complex, strong Belgian ale with a full body and finish. 7.5% - 9.5 % ABV

American IPA: A decidedly bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale. Lots of up front citrusy, piney, fruity hop character. 5.5% - 7.5% ABV

Session IPA: A less strong version of its big brother with lots of drinkability while maintaining the great hop character. 4.0% - 5.4% ABV

Imperial IPA: An intensely hoppy, very strong pale ale without the big maltiness of a barley wine. Strongly hopped lacking harshness. 7.5% -10% ABV

Milk Stout: A dark, rich ale full of roasted flavors and aromas. We brew with Cuban espresso to give it that "Buchi" kick. 4.0% - 6.0% ABV

Seasonal Offerings:

Saison: A medium to strong ale. Highly carbonated, well hopped, fruity and dry with a quenching acidity. 5.0% - 7.0% ABV

Cucumber Kolsch: A summertime favorite. We ferment our Kolsch style ale with fresh cucumber for a crisp, clean refreshing beverage. 4.4% - 5.2% ABV

Octoberfest: A clean, malty, rich lager with lots of smooth complex malt character, minimal hop flavor and aroma. 4.8% - 5.7% ABV

Black IPA: Think American IPA with roasted not bitter malt character and you have 2Bucoo4u. 6.5% - 8.0% ABV

West Coast Red Ale: A big, bold amber ale with a strong crystal malt backbone complemented by plenty of American hop character.

Be sure to check their website in the coming weeks for updates.

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