Hali Here, Talkin’ Beer

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It’s my turn to talk beer. Almost two weeks in North Carolina and we have been on four brewery tours, hit two tap rooms, and hung out at more than a few beer pubs that serve grub. The beauty of pub grub is, most are dog friendly, and, if you do your homework, you will find glorious outdoor opportunities with food that is conscientious and wholesome. Yes, North Carolina is tapping in to its resources and coming up with some fun tasting opportunities. 

Outer Banks Brewing

This brewery experience contradicted every brew tour I’ve had to date. This brewery is a chopper of a shop.15 years in business, one of the first in NC, and it appears their market goals have been met. Therein lies the first difference – most brewers share objectives of growth and experimentation.

Architectural Nightmare, without room for the fermenter to sit on the floor, they soldered legs to place on top of the mash tun
Architectural Nightmare, without room for the fermenter to sit on the floor, they welded legs to place it on top of the mash tun, and still had to cut off the top, in order for it to fit!

What struck me as unbelievable is the water element of their beer equation. I thought water is the divine ingredient to beer, and consistency means everything. But, I guess being on the Outer Banks, water can be tricky due to saline flux. So, they’ve embraced the changing water, and refer to the differential in beer taste, as being a seasonal thing. Their beer flows with the seasons. Not only that, but they stir their mash by hand, thereby “keeping the hand” in handcraft brewing.

Sierra Nirvana

Make that, Sierra Nevada. Holy smokes, this is a rags to riches story if I’ve ever heard one. And this particular brewery is clearly on the “riches” side of the story.

Beautiful Walking Trails, Outdoor Seating and a Brew Tour that let you feel, smell and taste every part of the process.
Beautiful Walking Trails, Outdoor Seating and a Brew Tour that lets you feel, smell and taste every part of the process.

Built with precision and experience, they actually tweak North Carolina’s glorious water to match Chico’s (the original birthplace of Sierra Nevada.)

I think I see the Sierra Mountains in this glass??
I think I see the Sierra Mountains in this glass??

Taste consistency being a hallmark, they have weekly shipments from both facilities undergo taste tests. I think I just figured out what my next job will be. . .

One More to Share

Then there’s Highlands Brewery, just a fun story of a nuclear engineer gone rogue.

Mascot Overseeing Operations
Mascot Overseeing Operations

Oscar Wong, a Chinese American, born in Jamaica, creating a Scottish Brewery. Don’t you love it? Their tag line, “Just a wee bit different.”

Before the whole NC bathroom debacle.
Before the whole NC bathroom debacle.

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

2 thoughts on “Hali Here, Talkin’ Beer

  1. Mormor

    Great write-up! You are really racking up a lifetime of experiences. You can thank Carlos for it all. Love hugs
    Mom

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