Raleigh: Duck-Rabbit 2nd anniversary

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 9th, 2006

(From I’ve had this beer and it is amazing.)


Farmville, NC—The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery celebrates its second anniversary with a Pint Night at Raleigh’s Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

The event unveils the brewery’s Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter, third in a series of limited-release seasonal specialty beers. The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is deep, rich and velvety soft. A full blooded roasty character is balanced by complex alcohol notes. Strong (9% alcohol by volume) yet unfailingly subtle, this special brew warrants sipping and savoring. Accolades abound in the brewing community as brewmaster and founder Paul Philippon’s distinguished portfolio of beers has expanded to include a series of seasonal specialties—the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter follows the Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout and Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale.

Specializing in dark beers, the Farmville, North Carolina brewery entered the craft beer market in August of 2004, offering Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale, Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale, Duck-Rabbit Porter and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. Duck-Rabbit sales continue to climb throughout North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.

Event Details:

What: Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery 2nd Anniversary Celebration. The first 120 pints sold will be served in take-home Duck-Rabbit logo glassware.

Where: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, located at 328 West Morgan Street, in downtown Raleigh

When: 7pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Information: Contact Jay Wilson at 919.559.5091 or jwilson (at)


More on the one-year celebration THIS SATURDAY (the 12th)

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 8th, 2006

We’re lining up events throughout August. First up is CARRBORO and WILMINGTON this Saturday! Please pass this along to your friends…we’re relying on word-of-mouth given how quickly this is coming up.

A great combination of Asheville music and Asheville beer: Asheville’s French Broad Brewery will offer draft beer specials (including the French Broad Wee Heavier!). In addition, the brewery is bringing along two great bands from the area: Woody Wood and Tyler Ramsey.

Pop The Cap celebration at 7:30pm at the bar. Music at the Speakeasy starts at 8pm. $4 cover. You don’t have to hit the music scene to celebrate with Pop The Cap, but it’d be great if you were there! Support NC music and NC beer!

Stay tuned for events in other cities (Asheville, Winston-Salem and Charlotte). For now, we hope to see you in Carrboro or Wilmington!

Recap: Carolina Brewery’s NC beer dinner

Posted by Pop The Cap on August 6th, 2006

This past Thursday, a sold-out crowd of 130 patrons filled the upstairs section of Chapel Hill’s Carolina Brewery for the brewery’s first North Carolina beer dinner.

More @ Flickr!

It was a wonderful evening. Brewer Jon “MC Hops” Connelly kept the crowd entertained and focused, and we heard from participating brewers Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing Company and Paul Phillapon of the Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.

A recap of the beer and food:

Sky Blue Golden Ale Battered Spicy Shrimp Rolls with Teriyaki Glaze
Giacomo’s Pigs in a Blanket with Whole Grain Duck Rabbit Milk Stout Mustard Sauce
Honey-Lavender Grilled Figs over Celebrity Farms Goat Cheese Canapes

Beers: a selection of Carolina Brewery, Highland, and Duck-Rabbit beers

Roasted Farmer’s Market Vegetable Napoleon with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula Pecan Pesto, Grilled Radicchio with a To Hell ‘n’ Bock reduction.

Beer: Highland’s Gaelic Ale

Apricot Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Baby Beets and Braised Fennel. Veggies types received a Citrus Marinated Grilled Tofu with Apricot Chutney, beets and fennel.

Beer: Carolina Brewery’s To Hell ‘n’ Bock.

Tiramisu-Sabayon- Counter Culture Dipped Lady Fingers, Fresh Fruit, DR Milk Stout Marscapone Cheese topped with Brulee Sabayon Sauce.

Beer: Duck-Rabbit’s Milk Stout.

Other beers on tap and not-to-be-missed: the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter (amazing) and the Highland Imperial Gaelic (yuh-huh, I ain’t kiddin’).

All for $30. Can’t beat that.

If you missed this event, Carolina Brewery is planning another one in October (I believe the 21st). If you were there, feel free to comment on the event or post pictures at the emerging Pop The Cap group on Flickr. I forgot my camera, so the pictures of Thursday’s event come courtesy of Robert “New Papa” Poitras at the Carolina Brewery.

Foothills First Firkin

Posted by Pop The Cap on July 28th, 2006

Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem announces their first-ever cask ale: Hoppyum IPA!
The brewery plans to tap a firkin every Friday, so head out to the big W-S on the 28th and show your support for their inaugural cask. Trivia: a firkin is an old English unit of volume used for cask ales. Volume-wise, it’s in-between a hogshead and a butt. I said “butt!”

It’s all NC beer at the Raleigh Wide Open

Posted by Pop The Cap on July 26th, 2006

This Saturday!

Pop The Cap is very excited about this Saturday’s Raleigh Wide Open. In fact, we’ve sent out a press release to the local media announcing the fact that fourteen breweries and brewpubs — all from North Carolina — will be serving their beer at this event.

As far as we can tell, this represents the first time a beer festival has focused exclusively on North Carolina beer. It’s a good time to be a beer lover in the Old North State!

See you on the street!

The actual press release (PDF)