For New Year’s, I spent the long weekend in the lovely North Carolina city of Durham. Of course, the first of the year has to be kicked off with eating a bowl of Hoppin’ John’s, black eyed peas and other vegetables like collard greens. It might be a strange way to start the day, but it brings good luck in the New Year and is a Southern tradition.
One of the stops on our tour of the city was Fullsteam Brewery. I love how beautiful the boards are that hold their tasting flights! I tried a variety of 5 different beers. Highlights included the Carver, which is a sweet potato larger. Of course, I had to try the class Fullsteam, which is a very easy-drinking American-style Lager. My personal favorite was the Rocket Science, a hoppy American IPA. Overall, delicious beers in a really fun and beautifully created space.
In addition to touring breweries, we also did our own tasting of local brews. Yum! This included the Sonoma Cider, a local cider brewery. We also tried the Star Hill Brewery Snow Blind Doppelbock, which had a caramel aroma and lightly malty flavor. And the New Belgium Accumulation, a white India Pale Ale. Sensing a theme here? They were all wintery/Christmas themed beers. Nice spices, very full-bodied, and delicious taste. Durham is very much a craft brew city great for exporting.