Durham Breweries Create Specialty Beers to Celebrate the City of Durham’s 150th Anniversary

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,468) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    March 28, 2019 (DURHAM, N.C.) – In celebration of Durham 150, the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation, and NC Beer Month in April, six Durham-based breweries are developing a specialty beer using ingredients from a local partner. The Glass Jug and Fullsteam will host tap takeover events with all Durham 150 beers available for patrons to try on April 11 and 12, respectively. The anniversary date of the City of Durham’s incorporation is April 10, with the Durham 150 Opening Celebration Presented by Aetna planned for April 13. The beers will be available on tap at each brewery after April 11.

    “It's been incredibly rewarding to work with Discover Durham, our fellow Durham breweries, and our restaurant partner, Goorsha,” said Sean Lily Wilson, owner and chief executive optimist at Fullsteam. “The Durham 150 celebration gives us an incredible opportunity to brew a beer with Goorsha, as we celebrate their culinary and culture contributions to this rich, diverse city we call home.”

    The six Durham 150 beers that will be available:

    • Bull City Burger and Brewery will offer a batch of Durhamer Ale, a new style of beer brewed with Durham malt, Durham water, North Carolina hops and the flavor of the city
    • Durty Bull Brewing Company will partner with Big Spoon Roasters to create a Coffee Stout
    • Fullsteam Brewery has joined forces with Goorsha, an Ethiopian eatery, to create a Tej (wine) and Tella (Ethiopian home brew) inspired Amber Ale using North Carolina honey and “Ethiopian hop” gesho
    • The Glass Jug Beer Lab is teaming up with Durham Distillery to craft a Belgian Witbier with gin botanicals
    • Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is brewing a Muchu Durham Ale, a collaboration with Dashi utilizing Japanese ingredients, including locally grown Koshihikari rice from South Wind Produce
    • Starpoint Brewing will partner with NuvoTaco to produce a Tortilla Mexican lager with a jicama variant
    Seth Gross of Bull City Burger and Brewery explains, “Our beer was designed to showcase the great elements of our city, the South, and our history. In the glass, the beer is a tobacco brown color with a toasty biscuit aroma. The beer emphasizes malt flavors while the hops is more in the background with less bitterness.”

    “We’re very excited to be part of Durham’s 150th and to get to work with such great local businesses,” said Matt Pennisi, manager of Durty Bull. “We are equally excited to use Big Spoon’s peanut butter to compliment the flavors in our coffee stout. The peanut butter provides both aroma and a full flavor.”

    "We're excited, not only about our partnership with Durham Distillery and that we’re using local pilsner malt from Epiphany Craft Malt, but also for the chance to see what all of the other great Durham breweries, food, & beverage providers put together,” said Chris Creech, co-owner of the Glass Jug Beer Lab. "As one of Durham's newest breweries, it's exciting to be a part of a collaboration that celebrates the long history of Durham and showcases the exquisite food and beverage scene in our town."

    “North Carolina ingredients and Japanese flavors inspired the Muchu Durham Ale, a collaboration brew we crafted with Dashi for Durham’s 150th anniversary,” Ponysaurus’s co-founder, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson said. “Muchu, which means "crazy about" in Japanese, are our exact sentiments about Durham. This ale is brewed with sake yeast, buckwheat, Sorachi Ace Japanese hops, szechuan peppercorn, and locally grown Koshihikari rice from our friends at South Wind Produce. The blend of these bold flavors creates a well-balanced, full bodied beer with notes of earthy tea and hints of lemon. Cheers to Durham!”

    “I eat at NuvoTaco (across the street from Starpoint Brewing) most every day,” said Nikko Carlson, head brewer at Starpoint Brewing. “I may be more taco than man at this point. With this opportunity, for breweries to partner with Durham restaurants and businesses in a collaboration to celebrate Durham’s past and present, and as a Hispanic, I thought it would be great to highlight a cuisine that is heavily influenced by Hispanic culture, especially the contributions historically that minorities and their cuisine have brought to Durham. So, I created a Mexican Lager recipe, which generally includes a lot of corn in the grist, and NuvoTaco brought their tortilla chips they fried up for the beer. We mashed with tortillas instead of the corn generally used in a Mexican Lager recipe and are going to lager it for a month for a light and crisp lager that would be great to sip on in Durham’s warm spring and summers.”

    Each brewer will have Durham 150 beer-themed coasters available at their taprooms as well as a stamp to signify that a patron visited a brewery serving Durham 150 beer. When patrons collect all six stamps on a coaster, they can trade it in at the Visitor Info Center (212 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27701) for a commemorative pint glass.

    More details about the Durham 150 Tap Takeover: A Collaborative Event at The Glass Jug Beer Lab on April 11 can be found here. Check out this link to learn more about Fullsteam’s Durham 150 Tap Takeover.

    About Durham 150:

    Durham 150, the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation in 1869, is a yearlong celebration. The mission of Durham 150 is to recognize Durham’s past, present and future with a year of events, activities, and community engagements to celebrate Durham’s rich history and highly promising future. A diverse group of Durham residents have been identified to coordinate Durham 150 efforts to encourage civic engagement, widespread community participation, and the values of shared prosperity.

    Subscribe to the Durham 150 e-mail lists for updates about events, opportunities, fundraising, and more. Visit Durham150.org to find a calendar of events or emailcontact@durham150.org for more ways to get involved. Join the #Durham150 conversation and follow @DurhamNC150 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  2. KRubes

    KRubes Zealot (522) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    Cool idea.