As the NCAA basketball tournament was in full swing on Saturday afternoon, two of the proprietors of the Rathskeller Coffee Haus could be overheard discussing local brews with some visitors who had stopped by to ask about a local brewery. Adam Kimsey and his wife Natasha described to the visiting couple the various breweries that are located around Western North Carolina.
“But there's not one here in Franklin?” the couple asked.
Another patron at the coffee house chimed in and informed them that next summer, hopefully there would be. The patron was referencing a decision made last week by the Franklin Board of Aldermen to allow a proposed lease for Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to enter into an upset bid process — the first step towards establishing the business.