It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our friends at Inner Compass Brewing Co. (website | Facebook)

Dylan and Samantha Bashore have slowly been making progress on the future home of their brewery, which will be located at 300 E. 2nd St. (gmap) Old-timers will remember the place as Sanford baseball legend Buddy Lake’s gas station.

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Some local entrepreneurs are turning to the public and the Internet in hopes of joining the growing craft beer scene in Sanford.

Tim Goodman and his wife, Danielle, are the owners of Hood’s Up Brewery (Website | Facebook), a nascent small-batch craft beer operation looking to open in downtown Sanford. They have started a Kickstarter campaign and hope to raise $28,000 online.

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Greg Piecora, left, and Peter Minelga, plan to open Wops Hops Brewing Co. in the Stokes Fish Market building on Sanford Ave.

Greg Piecora evaluated a number of places to locate his business, Wops Hops Brewing Co. Conventional wisdom dictated that Winter Park and Maitland were among the top choices.

Piecora chose Sanford.

“I love a city with personality, and Sanford has personality,” Piecora says. “We could have been anywhere, but this city has a heartbeat. The history, the people, the vibe — this place is real.”