Last night seemingly half of the Triangle area showed up at LoneRider Brewing Company near Brier Creek for their first open house brewery tour. We arrived about 10 minutes early (thanks to no traffic on I-40), picked up a logo pint glass and walked right up to the tap.
They only have two beers available now, the flagship ‘Shotgun Betty’ Hefeweizen and the ‘DeadEye Jack’ Porter but the three owners are planning to expand their core offering with seasonal brews.
Eric really liked the Hefeweizen, it had a strong banana and clove taste, so the description on their website is wholly accurate. I, of course, tried the porter which had a nice mild chocolate flavor, lighter mouthfeel and none of the bitterness found in some porters. The flavor improved once the beer warmed up a bit.
I also introduced myself to Sumit Vohra, who is the voice behind LoneRiderBeer on Twitter.
shiny brand new tanks
the LoneRider Brewery logo on the warehouse wall
By the time we left, around 7:15pm, the brewery warehouse was completely packed and the owners looked a little shellshocked. They aren’t going to be bottling for another six months, but their beer should be available soon at local restaurants.
As for us, we have a nice signature pint glass to add to our collection and I am looking forward to more opportunities to try LoneRider brews.