Located in Durham, NC, the Ponysaurus brewery is an oasis in otherwise drab industrial neighborhood. Amongst warehouses, and next to a particularly spooky looking old house (think Scooby-Do), the brewery has a pretty huge lawn area where people frolic, food trucks park, and merriment is made. As you get closer there’s a deck, and a nice taproom that offers a thoughtful variety of snacks to go along with their awesome beers.
The Ponysaurus approach to sampling flights in the taproom is pretty great. You write down what you would like on a coaster sized little card, hand it over, and with impressive speed and intensity, your glasses are filled and that card is placed betwixt the tiny beers. This eliminates the “wait…which one was this?” that sometimes arises with lesser flight layouts.
So being impressed with all aspects of the Ponysaurus experience up to this point, the main event is obviously the beers, and they do not disappoint.
Gose – 4.4% – Full disclosure : I generally don’t like beer in the Gose family. You may wonder why I got one then…and that is fair. The truth is that I’m willing to give any brewery a fair shake, thinking that maybe their version is something I would enjoy. This one smelled a bit yeasty (my wife said trash-juicey, but I disagreed). It tasted not so much sour but tart and with a hint of salt?! Weird, but you know what? I don’t hate it, and I hate Gose. Off to a good start.
IPA – 6.3% – Citrus, mild hops, great woody finish, I would drink this on the regs.
Biere de Garde – 6.3% – Described as a Belgian table beer, I was stoked to be able to write this one down on the card instead of pretending I knew how it was pronounced. It’s got a bit of fruity thing going on, which I kind of expected, but that fruit is bananas – which as we all know is the devil’s fruit. It’s good, but I don’t think I’d stock the fridge with it.
Imperial Stout – 8.5% – This is great. An amazing stout, that’s so good with present but not overpowering notes of chocolate/cherry/Nutella? I’d definitely keep this around.
With the flight over, I desired a proper pint. I went with the Rye Pale Ale, which coming in at 5.4% had a nice moderate ABV, was light and refreshing. I was once told that Rye Pale Ales are incapable of giving you a hangover. This beer is so great, I would be willing to test that hypothesis any day.
All in all, Ponysaurus is awesome. Nice staff, great taproom, awesome and diverse beers. You should check it out:
See you next time,