IT'S A BEER SURPRISE PARTY EVERY TIME.
Here's a history of our favorite beer - taproom offerings rotate frequently according to availability and season.
RYE PALE ALE - ON TAP
Originally brewed exclusively for Dashi in downtown Durham, the Rye Pale Ale has a light body, firm bitterness, and spicy/piney aroma designed to complement and contrast a bold, umami-filled meal. Due to it's quick popularity Rye Pale Ale can now be found at the Ponysaurus taproom and elsewhere in the Triangle.
INDIA PALE ALE - ON TAP
For our IPA, we used the traditional West Coast India Pale Ale as our template, then forgot where we put the template, then created something completely different. It’s a simple, easily enjoyable IPA with a crisp bouquet of lemon citrus, grapefruit rind, and melon. Tangerine and passion fruit dominate the hop flavor, but without the usual overwhelming bitterness.
BIERE DE GARDE - ON TAP
An homage to higher-gravity French farmhouse ales, Biere de Garde roughly translates to “beer for keeping.” Our version reflects the historical realities of this style of farming, when brewers made do with what was on hand. With three types of barley, wheat, rye, and oats, its aroma smacks of apple, pear, almond, and vanilla, with just a hint of lemon rind.
SCOTTISH ALE - ON TAP
Reflecting the Scottish tradition of brewing beer with a small amount of hops so as to avoid unnecessary interaction with British traders (the bastards), our Scottish Ale is a rich, smooth, malt-focused beer that pours incredibly dark. Nutty Marris Otter malt provides deep hits of caramel, coffee, and chocolate in both the aroma and flavor. Like a drinkable kilt for your gullet.
FALL IPA - ON TAP
We've brewed a brown IPA to celebrate the cooler temperatures and changing season. This beer features Crystal and Loral hops for flavor and aroma, eschewing the more traditional and summery citrus flavors. We've kept the bitterness levels low so you can focus on the beautiful aromas and flavors from the hops and grain.
The Weizenbock is a traditional German style, using many of the same ingredients in the Weissbier/Weizenbock but with the addition of some darker malts and a little higher ABV. We brew this beer with all German malts, hops, and yeast.
Created in the 18th Century by British brewers for the kinda scary Czars of Russia, the Imperial Stout was designed to be dark, strong, and hardy enough to handle the long and perilous voyage across the Baltic Sea. And you do not want to disappoint the Czars of Russia. Our version is made to stand the test of time, too, featuring rich flavors of chocolate, toffee, coffee, currant, and vanilla. Budem zdorovy!
The Gose is a traditional German Ale that can trace it's origins back to the 16th century, in the town of Goslar. Legend has it the town's water supply had a brackish taste, as it was near the ocean. The sea salt, along with a healthy lactic fermentation, give it a unique tart and salty flavor combination.
BELGIAN PALE ALE
Belgian Pale Ale is one of the less-well-known Belgian styles, as it's not as big, boozy, and sexy as many of the Belgian beers that are imported to the US. Our Belgian Pale Ale is malty, bready and easy-drinking , with a dash of Saaz hops for flavor and aroma.
FIG SAISON ALE
Our take on the crisp, flavorful ales brewed by farmers specifically for summer refreshment, the Fig Saison starts with several varieties of wheat, barley, rye, and, of course, figs. With a complex mix of yeast and fruit aromas that perfectly match its higher level of carbonation, the Fig Saison pours a rich red color and finishes dry with a mix of fruit, floral, spice, and subtle fig-ish notes.
AUTUMN FRUIT SAISON - ON TAP
As a special treat for the fall, we took our beloved Fig Saison and packed in a bounty of spicy fruitiness. As you can see, the Autumn Fruit Saison has a darker color than her Fig brother, and is a bit richer.
SINGLE HOP PALE ALE - ON TAP
The fall entry in our Single Hop Pale Ale series showcases Pekko hops. Pekko hops are named for the Finnish god of Field and Crops, and features flavors of mango, pineapple, apricot, and peach, with a hint of mint.
A celebration of traditional German wheat beers, our Weissbier features the classic banana and clove flavors, with the refreshing tartness and citrus notes that can only be found when the beer is at its freshest. We serve the beer cloudy on purpose, as the suspended yeast is crucial to its overall impression.
ALTBIER - ON TAP
Altbier is a traditional German-style Ale that we make with all German malt and hops. It's fairly hoppy for a German beer, with a solid malt foundation to balance out the experience.
The result of our finest brewing efforts, the Ponysaurus Réserve is aBelgian Dark Strong Ale featuring rich brown malts and Belgian candy syrup made in-house. Flavorful Belgian yeast yields a complex yet elegant set of fruit and floral notes, while the candy syrup ferments almost completely, resulting in a scarily drinkable beer clocking in at just under 10% ABV
EXPORT STOUT - ON TAP
Most beer drinkers are familiar with the Dry Irish Stout, popularized by a certain brewery in Dublin. The Export Stout is a somewhat bigger version of this beer made to survive oceanic travel, yet still retain the dry, roasted flavors of the original without out being too sweet or cloying.
PLUM GOSE - ON TAP
We’ve sweetened our traditional kettle-soured Gosé with this year’s plum harvest to welcome in the cold seasons. Briny and salty with a punch of sweetly sour plum, this beer is the bold brother of our traditional Gosé.