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.
Ponysaurus. The mere mention of the word makes one smile, or cock an eyebrow upward in intriguement (is that a word? is your eyebrow raised?). Much like the adorably eye-catching equine-dino hybrid mascot, the nano brewery occupying an upper level niche at The Cookery makes beers that are equally attractive to the palate.
If you’ve ever attended a Brew Durham event (an annual home brewer and fund raiser for The Scrap Exchange) you probably met Ponysaurus’ head brewer, Keil Janson. He’s the guy tending to the one and a half barrel system at The Cookery (which you can tour via this video from the NC Beer Guys) and creating the fantastic beers you’ll be craving soon after the first taste. I speak from experience. I first had the chance to try all the Ponysaurus beers at a preview in October 2013 and I couldn’t pick just one of the eight offerings as a standout.
Since that debut, Ponysaurus has been released in small premiers at select restaurants around the Triangle where you can find the beer on draft (and also now at Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits in downtown Durham). Limited bottle releases of the Videri Chocolate Stout appeared briefly on store shelves at Raleigh’s Tasty Beverage and Wine Authorities. The best way to keep up to date on when and where the Ponysaurus will be is via their Facebook page. As soon as you read the where and the when, make plans to be there then so as not to be sad and sorry.