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Hendersonville brewery vandalized hours after announcing it was closing

A minority-owned Hendersonville brewery that was targeted with racial and anti-gay slurs in November has been hit again, this time, just hours after brewery owners let customers know they were closing their doors. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A minority-owned Hendersonville brewery that was targeted with racial and anti-gay slurs in November has been hit again, this time, just hours after brewery owners let customers know they were closing their doors.

The first attack came last fall and online. Early Friday morning, it was a physical break-in. You might call it a hateful, parting shot.

At 5:08 p.m. Thursday, a short message was posted on Black Star Line Brewing's Facebook page.

Thanks for the love, Hendersonville. At this time, we will no longer be operating on 131 3rd Ave W. We'll let you know about updates as soon as they are available. Thank you.

That's where the timeline begins.

"About 10 hours later, I guess, from the Facebook post to the alarm call," Hendersonville Police Capt. Chris Leroy said.

Leroy said an officer who was patrolling on Main Street at 2:45 a.m. was on the scene at the brewery minutes later.

"When he got there, he found the front door broken out, with the glass broken out," Leroy said.

Not long after backup arrived, another discovery was made -- racial slurs scrawled on the wall.

"The fact that people can't, operate a business without having to worry about race, sex, any of that kind of thing, I think it's ridiculous," neighbor Tommy Wright said.

Leroy said this type of case is especially disturbing.

"It's really the exception rather than the rule for Hendersonville," he said. "So, certainly, when something like that goes on, we pay more attention to it, and we'll follow every lead we have and take them, let them take us where they take us."

As far as Black Star Line Brewing goes, word is spreading about the posted sign ... "Will longer be in operation at this location." That seems it imply the brewery might not be gone for good.

"I really hope that they do succeed, and I hope that this does not stop them," Wright said.

News 13 tried to reach Black Star Line Brewing through its Facebook page. They thanked us for our message and said they would get back to us soon.

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