Who owns Triple C Brewing Co? Churchgoers banned from parking lot over anti-mask stand
Chris Harker said the decision was taken after keeping in mind the whole community as Freedom House Church has refused to follow the mask mandate
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: A famous brewery in the city has prohibited a nearby church from sharing their parking space after it refused to comply with Mecklenburg County’s new mask mandate that previously exempted religious organizations. Chris Harker, owner of Triple C Brewing Co posted on Facebook on Friday, September 10, “We will no longer allow this church to use our parking lot on Sundays. Freedom isn’t always free I guess.”
Penny and Troy Maxwell, the married senior pastors of the Freedom House Church, earlier said that they won’t follow the mask mandate directive. In a statement, they said that the church “believes you can decide for yourself if you wear a mask or not,” and that “though the overwhelming majority of our church does not wear them, it is your decision. The gates of hell will not prevail.” In August, Troy also wrote against the Covid-19 vaccine on Facebook.
The social media post read, “If you need a religious exemption for your employer or school in order to not get, let us know. We will help you IF you are a part of Freedom House AND are in our system. If not, ask your pastor. Email [email protected] - These are very important decisions that you should be able to make on your own and not be forced.” Besides, Penny had said on social media: “Mecklenburg County is messing with the wrong people. Our lawyers are ready to go.”
But Harker did not support the pair’s decision and said that the decision was taken after keeping in mind the whole community. However, Penny slammed the brewery owner’s decision as she wrote on Instagram, “Triple C Brewery by our South End Campus, said we could not use their 10-15 spots on Sunday mornings anymore because we would not force our people to wear masks, which we never have. Totally fine! Virtue signaling at its finest. Also, if you ever walk by Triple C, make sure you notice that nobody guzzling their beers has a mask on.”
She went on to say, “Nobody. The owner would not comment to the news on what THEY were doing to “keep people safe during Covid”. Oh the irony. I think maybe the virus passes by you if you’re drinking 🍺 with no mask? It stops being transmitted over brewskis! Smart virus I guess,” before adding: “Common sense is so not common any more! By the way, I think my husband’s shirt is way more news worthy than a beer joint…make men men again!”
Who owns Triple C Brewing Co?
Triple C Brewing Co was initially launched by Harker along with his friend Chris Murphy and his wife Christina Murphy. The website says, “Together they made up the 3 C’s of Triple C when the brewery started in 2012. The Murphy’s have since moved on to other adventures. Our ubiquitous three C’s now represent the core beliefs of the brewery craft, community, and commitment to the environment. From an easy drinking blonde ale to a boozy barrel-aged stout we make sure we have something for everyone on our tap list.”
It adds: “Giving back to our community and cultivating events that bring people together are also incredibly important to us. We love to celebrate and support our South End neighborhood. Our commitment to the environment includes donations to Catawba River clean-up, a strict recycling program at our brewery, and ensuring the spent grain (waste from the brewing process) goes to local farms which then feed their livestock with the grain.”