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.
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A GOLDEN RULE SAISON
We brewed this beer, along with 40+ other participants, to raise money and awareness around HB 2, a bill that we believe violates Golden Rule #000001. It is brewed with North Carolina grain, yeast, and sorghum molasses.
RYE PALE ALE
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
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
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.
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.
The Spring IPA is brewed to bridge the gap between the maltier beers we like brewing in the winter while reflecting the softer, gentler weather we can look forward to in the spring. This IPA features Mandarina Bavaria and Azacca hops.
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!
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.
PLUM 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.
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 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
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.
EXTRA PALE ALE
We love our Pale Ale so much, we thought, "Why not go bigger?" The Extra Pale Ale is a little bigger, all the way around, with a smooth finish.