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.
Nearly every city and town in the Triangle area has at least one local brewery (as they should) and Hillsborough, a town known for its literary circles, has Mystery Brewing, a brewery that shares that literary bent. Mystery Brewing is a little different (as they should be) in that they don’t have flagship beers (and they’re OK with that). Instead, the brewery offers a rotating seasonal beer selection bearing names like Pickwick (a mild ale), Fantine (a red Belgian IPA) and Thornfield’s End (a smoked rye stout). Just like your favorite farm to table restaurant’s menu, the beer on tap at the Mystery Brewing Public House (just down the road from the brewing facility) will change with the season.
Mystery Brewing recently celebrated its second year in business, though it was just about one year ago that the Public House (pictured ab0ve) opened. In fact, plans for the one year anniversary of the Public House are in the works for this Sunday, May 4, 2014 (look for full details on their Facebook page). If you can’t make it to the Public House you can now find 22 oz bottles of the four core beers from each season in select bottle shops (bottle releases started in late October 2013).
They’ll have plenty to celebrate at the Public House this weekend, having just won nine medals (two of them gold) at the Carolinas Championship of Beers this past weekend. Expect to find the last keg of Obelisk II, an American Brett Beer that took the “Best of Show” award at that same championship, on tap at the party. Make sure you raise a glass to offer cheers to Mystery Brewing for many more years.