HERE'S A HISTORY OF OUR FAVORITE BEER
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.
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.
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.
DON'T BE MEAN TO PEOPLE: 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.
First developed in the 1990s by American craft brewers to ‘push the envelope’ for hop aficionados, the Double IPA has now become a popular, and much loved, style. With double the hops than our signature India Pale Ale, we flexed our creative hop muscles to make a beer that has double the tastiness. The hop-tastic notes of melon, resin, and citrus carry the overall dry but smooth finish of this bitter, hop forward ale.
A rich, malty ale, the Dubbel is brewed with Belgian yeast giving it notes of dark, dried fruit, along with aromas of strawberry and graham cracker. Clocking in over 7% ABV, this is a beer that originated from monasteries in the Middle Ages, so we encourage jousting while drinking (if your arms are long enough).
The Dunkelweizen says what the traditional Weissbier does, only louder. This is a bigger, darker rendition of our classic Weissbier made with German hops, malt, and yeast. Hearty clove and banana flavors rumble together in this traditional dark wheat.
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?” Our Extra Pale Ale has a creamy, smooth mouth feel with an upfront bitterness and bright citrus hops. Featuring a toasty malt background balanced by pine and grapefruit notes, this ale is slightly on the hoppy side (not to be confused with the dark side).
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.
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.
FRESH HOP IPA
Wet-Hop IPAs are made with freshly-harvested hops, so they are only available at the end of the growing season, once. a year. Citra and Mosaic hops were freshly picked from the bine in Yakima Valley in Washington and shipped overnight for our brewers to receive the freshest possible hops. This is your one chance a year to enjoy this beer at it's freshest! Peak hop season.
The Gosé 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.
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!
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.
Brewed originally in collaboration with Durham’s St. James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar, this dry, hoppy Oyster Saison is the perfect ode to the sea. 50 pounds of fresh, whole oysters infuse a whiff of ocean breeze, along with underlying notes of minerals and brine.
Pilsner was originally created in the town of Pilsen, now in the Czech Republic. The trifecta of soft local water, revolutionary malting techniques, and local Saaz hops created the most recognizable beer style today. Bready flavors mixed with an herbal undertow make this beer an instant classic.
PLUM SAISON ALE
The Plum Saison is a refreshing and light take on the traditional saison, with a hint of plum added for acidity and complexity. As fig begat Fig Saison, plum begat Plum Saison.
The result of our finest brewing efforts, the Ponysaurus Réserve is a Belgian 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
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.
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.
Our Summer IPA is a splash of cold relief from the hot, southern heat. Fuller and juicier than our year-round India Pale Ale, this beer has a unique malt-forward grain bill. Notes of ripe summer fruits distinguish this Idaho #7 single-hop IPA, highlighting the pungent tropical fruit and citrus flavors.
The Tripel is a strong, light-colored Belgian-style ale. The origin of the name comes from the Trappist tradition of marking bottles with a single, double, or triple "X" to indicate the strength. While the original "tripel' would have likely been dark, the modern interpretation was established in the early 20th century by Westmalle, whose beer provides the standard by which all others are judged.
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.
Bigger. Bolder. Stronger. This strong wheat beer isn’t your average pint. Clocking in at 7.5% ABV it gives you all the flavor of the Dunkelweizen on a grander scale. Made with all German malt, hops, and yeast, this aging winter beer is banana bread in a glass. Notes of browned bread give you a warm, fresh, out of the bakery, finish.