Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
Carrboro is the epitome of a community that supports local. But it wasn’t until just about a year ago that the town had it’s first brewery taproom as a community gathering point. Enter Steel String Brewery and their “czars”, the founding members who have known each other and Carrboro since their middle school days.
Two of Steel String Brewery’s czars were once in a bluegrass band. That musical influence is reflected in the brewery name, its logo and the really cool bar top in the tap room. Live music performances are a pretty regular event in the brewery taproom too (thanks to the “Hoopla Czar”).
In it’s first year as a brewery, Steel String introduced its Flagship beers, the Rubber Room Session Ale and the Big Mon IPA, a west coast style IPA they describe as “assertively bitter”. Other beers on tap will change with some frequency (a scan of their Facebook page reveals recent releases like Exile on Weaver Street, a hefeweizen with clove and floral notes and Neutral Milk Porter on Nitro). In March this year, the first bottled beer was released, a corn whiskey aged Imperial Stout named Thick Freakness (makes me wonder who is the “czar” of beer names, hmmm?). While the brewery serves no food there is plenty to be found a nearby neighbors (Neal’s Deli is right across the street, as a suggestion) and they have a pretty liberal bring in food policy.
Steel String’s one year anniversary is coming up soon. Make sure you connect with them on Facebook for announcements about their plans to celebrate the milestone as a Carrboro community fixture, just the first year of many more to come.