BrewDurham Homebrew Festival 2012

brew durham 2012After an incredibly successful event last fall, BrewDurham is coming back for round 2!  If you missed the event last year – you’re in luck, because this year is going to be bigger and better (if that’s even possible)!

When: March 31st (Session 1: 1pm – 4pm; Session 2: 5pm – 8pm)
Where: The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin Street, Durham
Cost: $30 per ticket ($5 for non-drinking tickets)

BrewDurham will be featuring over 30 homebrewers bringing more than 50 different beers!  You’ll be able to sample everything from IPAs and other favorites to beers that only homebrewers can come up with such as a Chai Spiced Brown Ale or a Smoked Molasses Porter.

I will be there manning the table serving up a classic Extra Special Bitter (ESB), a popular English ale that inspired the pale ales of America.  We’ll be serving it from a firkin (a 10-gallon cask) which it will condition in for a few weeks leading up to the event.  This beer is what the English call “Real Ale,” as it is served from the same vessel that it finished fermenting in.  Hopefully it will be a great experience for you to try a true traditional cask beer.

We’ll also be bringing something a little crazy – a Peanut Butter Sour Ale.  This is five gallons of the peanut butter porter that helped bring in 3rd place at the Homebrew for Hunger event last fall…but with a twist!  This batch has been aging and fermenting with some Lactobiallisus as well as Brettenomices (lacto and brett for short), which has made it much dryer and lighter with a tart acidic bite.  Not as sour as a traditional sour ale, but it definitely brings a little funk!  As always, we’ll be serving this wild ale out of the DIY Trashcan Kegorator.


BrewDurham will again be held on the covered patio outside of the Scrap Exchange in downtown Durham.  There will be two sessions throughout the day, and all proceeds from the event go directly to benefit the Scrap Exchange.


Tickets are $30 and they will be available at local outlets, The Scrap Exchange, and online (soon).  $5 Designated Driver/Non-drinking tickets will also be available.


Chirba Chirba Dumplings and Pie Pushers  will be on location to satisfy your food desires.  In addition, LOAF will be baking pretzels to amp up the FestVibe.  Durham’s newest food truck, Monut’s Donuts will be onsite making donuts for everyone!


There will again be lots of great live music at the event, and the groups that will be performing will be announced soon at


There will be parking available at the event, and you can also catch a ride on the Bull City Connector to get downtown to keep the party alive!  The BCR runs every 20 minutes on Saturday and will take you downtown past The Pinhook and Motorco and The Cookery.

For more information about the event, check out, RSVP to the event on Facebook, and follow @brewdurhamfest on Twitter!