Celebrate NC Beer Month at these Durham Breweries
National Beer Day is April 7, which coincides nicely with April being North Carolina Beer Month.
Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Jan 03, 2019
Winter fading into the rearview mirror traditionally sparks creativity from craft brewers, and Durham breweries are no exception. You can try plenty of springtime seasonals, or enjoy old favorites while basking in the sunshine. Here's what we'll be drinking this spring:
BCBB (pictured) is releasing four one-off beers this month, including a cask-conditioned Jack Tar Irish Stout (4.5% ABV) on April 1, a Mango Mint Mosaic Single Hop IPA (6.1% ABV) on April 7, a Boars Russian Imperial Stout (8.4% ABV) on April 14, and a Secret Sour Saison (6.5% ABV) on April 21. The Jack Tar is a low-alcohol session ale conditioned in the classic British style, while the Mango Mint Mosaic is part of BCBB's Single Hop Series.
The Boars Russian Imperial Stout is aged in bourbon barrels to soften its rougher edges and add hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak . The Secret Sour Saison is a variation on the popular W.E.B. du Bois Saison, with Brettanomyces yeast and raspberries added to give it a dry, tart finish.
The only brewery in the country located in a minor league baseball stadium, Bull Durham is likely to debut a couple of new brews this season, according to a brewery rep. In the meantime, you can enjoy its everyday lineup of easy-drinking beers Lollygagger Kölsch (4.7% ABV) and Water Tower Wheat (4.4% ABV) at The Bullpen, open year-round, or the ballpark come opening day (April 10).
Durty Bull, one of the newest additions to Durham's brewery scene, specializes in barrel-aged and sour beers. Patrons can expect a return of the bourbon barrel-aged Blond Sour with blackberries (6.9% ABV) and the bourbon barrel-aged Baltic Porter (10.0% APV).
Visitors to this plow-to-pint brewery will be treated to two new packaged beers this spring: The Lucky Straw dry-hopped Farmhouse Ale (5.5% ABV) and the Moccasin Creek Muscadine Saison (7% ABV). Lucky Straw is made with 29% local ingredients, including Madison yeast and local wheat that leaves a lingering citrus punch, while Moccasin Creek, made with 35% local ingredients as part of Fullsteam's Farm's Edge series, uses muscadine grape juice.
Ponysaurus' grassy beer garden (pictured) is the ideal setting for sipping a Spring IPA that debuted on April 4. Brewed to bridge the gap between the maltier beers of winter and the warming weather, it features Mandarina Bavaria and Azacca hops. Later in April, the Spring IPA will be joined by Ponysaurus' Weissbier and Extra Pale Ale, or you can continue to enjoy the brewery's signature
Biere de Garde, a French-inspired brew with notes of lemon, apple, and pear.
Based in Carrboro with a second location in Durham, Starpoint released Hell-N-Bock to coincide with the first week of spring a couple of weeks ago. The Hell-N-Bock is a Maibock, which is an update to the traditional German Bock style. Soon after, Starpoint also came out with Biere de Ma (5.5% ABV), a smooth spring Belgian Ale, and DudeMan, a "freakadelic" Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV).
If those tempting options have you wondering how you'll be able to drive from site-to-site to check more than one out in a single night, there's more good news: Every Friday in April Tap the Triangle will be offering 20 percent off of the cost of its Friday Night Flights beer shuttle, which will run from 6-11 p.m. to all downtown Durham breweries and bottles shops. Visit the company website for the schedule of stops or to book tickets.
For more information on other NC Beer Month or National Beer Day events in Durham, visit our Events Calendar.