Sunday, June 15, 2014

Raleigh's Sub Noir Brewing celebrates year one with a bang

By Dathan Kazsuk | June 15, 2014
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Celebrating its 1-year anniversary party on June 14, I have to give respect to Sub Noir Brewing Company's Michael and Amy Stagner for blessing us with some fantastic craft beers during its first 365-days in existence.

When you first walk into Sub Noir Brewing, one would think that the gang has a lot to do when it comes to decorating. The brewery has no bar or extravagant barstools and the beer comes out of a chest freezer which has been crafted into a kegerator. They don't have that charming allure of some of the other local breweries – but don't let this fool you! The beer crafted here can stand up next to some of the heavy-hitters in the craft beer world.

And it doesn't hurt to have somewhat of a "cult" following behind the brewery. While only producing small barrel runs, fans of Sub Noir have to pay close attention to Twitter or Facebook as to when the next special beer will be flowing, such as the sour Flanders Red Ale in a cask barrel, which lasted under an hour before it was all gone during it's 1-year anniversary.

Jen and I arrived early to have a pint of Zee Count, a chocolate stout brewed with Count Chocula and aged over cocoa nibs courtesy of Raleigh's own Videri Chocolate Factory. I also tried a pint of the ginger tripel named, Eccentrica. Unfortunately I didn't get an opportunity to try the double IPA, aptly titled "D-Bag" for the trouble Michael and my friend David had with the hops during brewing. Maybe next time, guys.

On that rather humid afternoon, many people gathered in lawn chairs drinking beer outside under canopies, while food trucks supplied the nourishment. Uban Entree, Dump Pho King and Not Just Icing Cupcakes were available through the day, bringing everything from fried pork-chop sandwiches to pork dumplings.

Cheers to the gang at Sub Noir Brewing Company ... I hope to be there when you celebrate year number two.