Monday, August 16, 2010

Bull City…Beer City

To say that beer has risen to an art form from a gritty and largely blue-collar past in the US is an understatement. Like Durham, craft beers are unique, diverse, and interesting.

So then it is only fitting that Durham be something of a nexus for the development and appreciation of craft beer…and that it is. There is something of a beer vortex in the Bull City right now, and looking into that swirl, one will see some exciting developments close at hand.

#1 - It seems almost superfluous to again mention Fullsteam Brewery. Amidst a flurry of local and national media attention, this new brewery is opening to the general public on Friday, August 13th. The date is important to owner Sean Wilson because it is the five-year anniversary of the Pop the Cap movement he spearheaded to lift the cap on the permissible level of alcohol in beer sold in NC.

It’s important to everyone else because now folks can visit and hoist a pint. The brewery also begins selling growlers at the Durham Farmers’ Market this coming Wednesday – they must be pre-ordered online. Hit the link for more information about all of the above and know that you’ll be greeted by a very important mascot when you get to the brewery at 726 Rigsbee Avenue in Durham.

#2 - There is a big event brewing to help save the Gulf of Mexico. The SOS Charitable Fund was created by Louisiana brewery Abita who is donating $.75 per bottle sold of their Save Our Seashores beer and the Durham location of Tyler’s Taproom is planning an event involving local chef’s, live music and a raffle to promote the effort as well as raise additional money. Click here for additional information and put this on your calendar as a great way to spend a Sunday in the Bull City.

#3 - The World Beer Festival is coming on Saturday, October 9th to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Always an amazing gathering, this year’s showing of 150 breweries will again prove why this Durham original is considered as one America’s best beer festivals. Visit the website for the festival and pick up a copy of the sponsors’ publication, All About Beer…yet another distinguished asset here in Durham.

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

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