It was late last summer that I first tried a Bull Durham Beer Co. brew at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Immediately drawn in by the novel approach of actually having a brewery in the small stadium, I looked forward to seeing how their lineup would grow. Now that they are entering their second season, with expanded offerings, the excitement and buzz around this new company is really growing. I took in a game during the teams opening weekend, and decided it would be prudent to stick to one type of beer from Bull Durham Beer Co. per game, stretching the adventure out through the season a little.
The brewery being located in the stadium is impressive enough, but then you factor in the fact that they utilize those super futuristic bottom-filling cups, and the whole experience begins with a wow-factor of 11 before you even have a sip. Now I know this filling method isn’t new, but it’s still novel to me, every. single. time. You can even keep the little magnet on the bottom as a souvenir, my fridge has several.
Here’s a quick video if you’ve never seen magic beer filling stations in action:
For this game I went with the “Lollygagger Kolsch”, a light, crisp brew that evokes sunny afternoons spent leisurely enjoying one’s self at the ballpark. It’s got little to no head, but plenty of carbonation, a clean taste, and it truly may be the perfect baseball beer. It’s got an ABV of 4.7%, so you can have a few without worrying. It’s got the perfect balance of malts and hops, and really is just exactly what I think a beer should be. I only wish I could have it at home, but then again, maybe what makes it special is knowing you can only have one at the game.
I’ll be revisiting more of Bull Durham’s offerings later in the summer, and look forward to watching Mike V of The Everymen break his personal hot dog eating record on one the many Thursday night dollar dog nights this year. Speaking of The Everymen, they’ve got a new album available now (https://theeverymen.bandcamp.com/) and are about to embark on a tour that will likely land them in a town near you.
That’s all for now, tune in next time for a tale of two Irish whiskey’s.