You probably haven’t noticed, but I have not posted very many new blog posts over the past few months. Once you read this article, hopefully you’ll understand why, and maybe you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me for my lack of articles about homebrewing.
My wife, Katy, and I are going to be opening a new retail craft beer store!
But not just any craft beer store…
The Glass Jug (that’s the name of our new store) is going to sell bottles and cans of beer, but we’re also going to have a 16-tap draft beer bar featuring various local and hard-to-find craft beers, and a seating area where you can relax and enjoy a pint before you head home. We’ve already been in talks with some breweries across the state about picking up their beer that isn’t distributed to the RDU market and are even negotiating some special one-off collaborations with various NC breweries. If that isn’t enough, we’re also going to make all 16 of the beers on tap available in growlers so you can take them home to enjoy.
But, as any homebrewer who has entered a keg-filled bottle of homebrew into a competition can tell you, beer filled from the tap just doesn’t have the shelf-life of pre-packaged beer. It will quickly oxidize and loose carbonation. So, to combat this, The Glass Jug is bringing in several counter-pressure filling stations, which will allow us to purge your growler with Co2 (greatly reducing the chance for oxidation) and fill it using counter-pressure (maintaining proper carbonation levels).
So, let’s recap. You will be able to come to The Glass Jug and drink a pint of a one-off special release beer, and if you like it, have your (clean) growler filled (we’re not going to make you buy one of our growlers, because we know you already have a closet full) with this beer, and take it home to share or save it in the fridge for a few months for a special occasion. Pretty sweet, huh?
We think that our location is pretty sweet as well. We’re going to be opening up shop in an area that is growing and has a need for great place to buy some local and craft beer, just off of I-40 on Highway 55 in South Durham, close to RTP as well as all of the new development in west Cary. In fact, our parking lot is where the South Durham Farmer’s Market sets up every Saturday morning (all year long), so you can get your fresh food and fresh beer all in one stop!
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to drop them in the comments or shoot me an email.
Now, if you would be so kind as to check us out on Facebook and Twitter and help us spread the word. You can also sign up for updates on our website. Details about our grand opening will be coming soon – we’re hoping to be filling your growlers before the end of the summer.