New Additions: Durty Bull Brewing Co.
As the newest brewery to enter Durham's craft beer scene, Durty Bull intends to bring some panache to the city’s suds.
Posted By Greg Barbera on Sep 14, 2016
The brewery is located in a 6,000-square-foot brick building in Durham’s Central Park district, only two blocks from Fullsteam Brewery. It houses a 15-barrel brewing system, almost 30 barrels for aging beer, and two massive foudres. The foudres – behemoth-sized barrels – are an essential part of the process of brewing sour beer. And sour beer is Durty Bull's specialty.
The day I visited the brewery, Durty Bull had just released its Rhubarb Berliner Weisse, a German-style sour wheat beer. It's a tarty but light brew that pairs well with hot summer days. The other Durty Bull beers on tap included a dark mint saison, a dry-hopped Brett table beer (the Brett in question here being the strain of yeast known as Brettanomyces) and a lager. The lager is the brewery's most straightforward offering, and one that Durty Bull hopes will draw the non-sour craft beer drinkers into the taproom.
The bar and tap handles were made from 100-year-old heart pine, which came from a house just down the street. While Durty Bull Brewing might be the new kid on the block, it’s got the oldest bar in town.