Now bubbling: 5 new breweries to watch
July/August 2014

Artist Nathan Golub brings Haw River beer to life with whimsical, rural illustrations.

A slew of exciting breweries are about to open their doors; here are five to put on your radar.

Brewery: Cerebral Brewing  Opening: this winter  Why you should watch: No ingredients are safe around these guys: Sneak peeks have included grapefruit-and-lime-spiked IPAs and a collaboration saison brewed with sunflower seeds and dandelions.

Brewery: Batch Brewing  Opening: late summer  Why you should watch: Last summer, Batch founder Stephan Roginson was awarded a $50,000 Hatch Detroit grant to launch his brewery, proving beer can play a part in urban revival. The 4-barrel nano outfit (Detroit’s first) will pump out hoppy session beers one small batch at a time.

Brewery: Haw River Farmhouse Ales  Opening: this summer  Why you should watch: The North Carolina brewery’s taking a page from Belgium by crafting traditional ales (think saisons and Belgian pales) and with a Yankee twist (like a white ale aged on American white oak). Don’t miss its collection of seasonals and sours, brewed with local ingredients sourced through its sustainable Haw River Farmhand Exchange network, a supply chain of local farmers.

Brewery: Second Self Beer Co.  Opening: this summer  Why you should watch: This up-and-comer takes a culinary approach to beer. Two not to miss: Thai Wheat, a summery ginger-spiced wheat beer, and Car Bomb Stout, a cream stout brewed with coffee and aged with Irish whiskey-soaked chips.

Brewery: Noble Rey Brewing  Opening: this winter  Why you should watch: A solid lineup of traditional styles—think steam beers and brown ales—will go toe-to-toe with boundary-pushing pours like a strawberry-rhubarb saison, Lorelei Rock (a German IPA), and Calaveras, a chili-and-piloncillo-sugar-dosed brown ale.

Published July/August 2014