National Beer Day is April 7, which coincides nicely with April being North Carolina Beer Month. 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:
A new edition to the Durham beer scene, Barrel Culture is by far one of the most colorful breweries around. Their beer features fruity concoctions with guava, peach, raspberry, boysenberry, and more. You can find them brewing up something new and exciting at their South Alston Avenue location.
Bull City Burger and Brewery
Bull City Burger and Brewery, or BCBB, (pictured below) won Best in Show 2017 at the North Carolina Brewers' Cup including three gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze. Over an 18-month cycle, they brew about 60 different true-to-style ales and lagers. They are champions of style and brew authentic tasting beers representative of the regions and countries where the beers originated. While they are proponents of traditional beer styles, they also like to play around with ingredients like jalapeños, chocolate, smoke, and whatever looks like it might taste good in a beer.
Bull Durham Beer Company
The Durham Bulls are the only minor league team in the country to brew their own beer in their own park. You can get Bull Durham Beer Co. draft beer at the park, at The Bullpen, open year-round, or the ballpark come opening day (April 5). You can also purchase cans at your local Triangle supermarket including their recently released light beer. Not only is the beer itself garnering praise, but the design of the cans themselves is award-winning.
Durty Bull Brewing
Durty Bull Brewing Company uses old-world brewing techniques, along with their own creativity and passion, to bring you barrel-aged and sour beers as well as many other unconventional brews. They bring a specialized niche of beer as well as our love of brewing to the wonderful residents of the Bull City and beyond.
Fullsteam Brewing's Sean Lilly Wilson was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. They specialize in southern-sourced classics, progressive beers with a eye toward the future, beers that celebrate seasonal harvests, and experimental and wild beers from the farm's edge.
Ponysaurus' grassy beer garden (pictured) is the ideal setting for sipping. Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is a forward-thinking, backward-tasting brewery and taproom based in Durham, NC, creating beers that are meant to be savored, appreciated, contemplated, philosophized, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled.
Visit the taproom and beer garden where the beer is always flowing on 219 Hood Street. And look for us throughout North Carolina at Mateo Tapas, Pizzeria Toro, Poole's Downtown Diner, Geer Street Garden, Wine Authorities in Raleigh, Thirsty Monk, and other fine establishments!
Based in Carrboro with a second location in Durham, Starpoint Brewing uses whole cone hops, premium malts, and time honored brewing techniques to craft the best beers for their customers. Check out their Beer Study location off of University Drive to peruse some brews, hang out at the bar, or play some classic pinball games.
The Glass Jug
Another recent edition to the Durham scene, The Glass Jug Beer Lab is an on-site nano brewery producing one-off small batch experimental beers that you can only find at The Glass Jug. The Beer Lab gets its name from the experimental focus of the brewery and as a nod to all of the fantastic scientists in their backyard of the Research Triangle Park area. Additionally, their outdoor seating is excellent for the warm spring weather.
For more information on other NC Beer Month or National Beer Day events in Durham, visit our Events Calendar.