Exploring the Durham Craft Beer Scene
Beer. The refreshing taste of malt, hops and yeast, all cold and bubbly. There’s a reason this beverage is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in America. Lately, beer connoisseurs are turning down the mass-produced beers like Budweiser and Miller in favor of craft beers and microbrews. If you’re looking for a bold taste from natural ingredients in a variety of unique flavors, the Durham craft beer scene will satisfy your needs. While you’re in town tasting craft brews, do some shopping, catch a movie or show, visit a historical site, or enjoy one of many parks and greenways. If you’re in the market for a pre-owned Volkswagen, visit Durham Volkswagen and save on a vehicle that comes with a lifetime warranty. Then celebrate your purchase with a local beer and as always, if you are going to drink, have a designated driver. Try these Durham favorites.
Fullsteam Brewery: Distinctively Southern Beer. Using local ingredients, Fullsteam crafts their brews with a southern twang. Their most unique beer is the Carver brew, a sweet potato pale ale that combines the bitterness of hops with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes. Fullsteam is located at 726 Rigsbee Ave.
Bull Durham Beer Co.: The Official Beer of the Durham Bulls Baseball Team. The only brewery of its kind in the country, Bull Durham Beer Co. is located inside a minor league ballpark. The beer is both brewed and served inside the stadium, combining two American staples: beer and baseball. All year long, The Bullpen beer garden is open with an outdoor patio, so even when there’s no baseball there’s still beer.
Bull City Burger and Brewery: Farm to Tank and Table. With a focus on local agriculture, Bull City’s food and beer are sourced from locally grown ingredients. Located in the heart of Durham at 107 E Parrish St., an emphasis on Durham pride is apparent at Bull City, with beers like the Honorable Bell’s Brown Ale brewed and named for the mayor, Bill Bell. In the 2017 NC State Brewers Cup, Bull City won “Best in Show.”
Durty Bull Brewing Company: Barrel Brews and Sour Blends. This 6,000 square foot, 15 barrel production brewery is located in downtown Durham at 206 Broadway St., and comes complete with a tasting room. In a busy craft brew community, Durty Bull stands out from the rest with its wood barrel brewing style and sour blend brews.
Ponysaurus: “The Beer Beer would Drink if Beer Could Drink Beer.” This self-proclaimed motto drives the Ponysaurus brewmasters to create the best beers possible. Unique flavors like Fig Saison and Scottish Ale are just two of their well-enjoyed flavors. Ponysaurus got its humble beginnings in an attic above The Cookery in Durham and has expanded to the Taproom on the corner of Ramseur and Hood in east Durham.
The Craft Beer Scene Boosts the Durham Local Economy
Breweries aid the economy in Durham through local patrons and tourists. Using local ingredients, creating and serving products in town, and bringing tourists from outside the community are all ways the craft beer scene contributes to local commerce. Other businesses benefit too, from retail stores to car dealerships. Buying a pre-owned Volkswagen from Durham VW is a great way to save money on a like-new vehicle while supporting a local business. Visit Durham Volkswagen on 3823 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd to see the latest inventory of certified pre-owned Volkswagens. And while you’re in town, enjoy a local brew.