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 GardenWine Authorities in Raleigh, Thirsty Monk, and other fine establishments!


A lot of breweries get their start in a garage. But we’re pretty sure Ponysaurus is the only one that started in an attic. And besides that tiny space above the entrance to The Cookery in Durham, NC (and the scissor lift we used to access it), the only other thing we started with was gumption. To think that maybe we could make great beers for people who take beer seriously, and not much else. 

From that passionate little beginning, a forward-thinking brewery and taproom has hatched, brewing beers meant to be savored, appreciated, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled.

In just three short years, we’ve gone from bonking our heads on rafters to being named a “Next Level Brewery” by Food & Wine, and brewing what thrillist.com calls “the best pint in Durham, and one of the 50 most underrated breweries in America.” So while we’re not brewing out of an attic anymore—and are certainly making a heckton more beer—our passion and irreverence has stayed the same. 

We are Ponysaurus Brewing Co. The beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer.


Keil Jansen is the mastermind behind our recipes and brewing processes - it's an understatement to say he has beer on the brain.   

Before founding Ponysaurus, Keil was a Special Education teacher for seven years, in addition to being a passionate home brewer.

Keil founded the BrewDurham home brew festival in Durham, which has connected
home brewers with hundreds of enthusiastic drinkers since 2011.   


One of the most awarded copywriters and creative directors working in the advertising business today, David Baldwin is the founder of Baldwin&, Raleigh, which was named Ad Age’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year after only three years in business. 

David and the Baldwin& team have equipped Ponysaurus with branding as good as the beer itself. 


A licensed contractor, and owner of a variety of companies including The Cookery, Dashi, and Bull City Restoration, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson has excelled in a career as a professional ringmaster of sorts.

Nick brings his expertise as a commercial designer/builder, experience in hospitality, and a keen eye for efficiency in operational logistics and sourcing to the Ponysaurus team.