Who doesn’t love a good brewery? A laid back atmosphere, rotating food trucks, a pleasant buzz and easy conversation. It’s a perfect Friday (or Thursday, or Wednesday) evening out.
North Carolina has built quite the reputation for beer, as the biggest craft brewery destination in the South. Over 180 breweries call our state home, and several of them are right in downtown Durham! If you’re there, too, you have a lot of options for quality local brews.
Live in the city, but miss the freedom and space of the suburbs? Ponysaurus might be able to solve your problem. This brewery has a defining feature: grill spaces. You order food ahead of time – housemade sausages, local beef, and family-style sides – and then grill it yourself at one of Ponysaurus’ grill stations. It’s like having a backyard again! Their beer selection is huge and diverse, so if weather forces you indoors you won’t miss out.
Fullsteam is one of the Triangle’s best-known breweries, with their beer available around the state and loved by thousands. Their year-round mainstays like the Carver (a Sweet Potato Lager) and Rocket Science (a rock-solid IPA) are frequent finds in restaurants and craft beer shops. The brewery’s most original offerings are its seasonal forager beers, made from ingredients growing in the wild. Those are much harder to find outside of the brewery’s industrial-style, open-air taproom.
Several years ago, craft breweries were judged by their IPAs. Times have changed, and while Durty Bull has an IPA that’s worth a try, its sours and aged beers are what make it stand out. In addition to their standard blonde sour, company owners brew rotating experimental batches. Their latest round includes a Rhubarb Berliner Weisse, perfect for Fall. The brewery also puts out regular barrel-aged beers.
Anyone who goes to a Bulls game will be familiar with these guys, the first American brewery to operate in a minor league baseball stadium. Their Euro-style beer selection is similar to Greensboro’s Red Oak, with a kolsch and weisse on tap. Though they’re exclusive to the Bulls for now, construction is nearly finished on a beer garden and restaurant on the American Tobacco campus.
Relocating to Durham? Love beer and want to be in the heart of the action? The Brannan will put you there!