We recently announced that Beers Made By Walking is featured in the coming All About Beer Magazine’s World Beer Festival in Raleigh on Saturday, April 11. We worked with a handful of NC breweries to create place-based beer for the festival. We wanted to give a couple sneak previews of the beers that will be available at our component of the festival. This preview highlights what Bull City Ciderworks and Fonta Flora Brewery are bringing to the festival.
Bull City Ciderworks
Bull City will be joining the BMBW program with a cider named Spruce Bringsteen. “We cut down a tree every year for Christmas. We head up to Lee's Trees in West Jefferson, NC, hike up the mountain to pick the perfect tree, chop one down, carry it down the mountain side, load it up and head back. This year after trimming the tree we had a lot of branches that we would normally toss into the woods so we decided to make a spruce cider.”
This cider is made of 100% NC apples from Perry Lowe Orchards in Wilkesboro, NC, using the apple varieties of Staymen Winesap, Pink Lady, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Limbertwig.
Fonta Flora Brewery
Fonta Flora participated in our Denver festival last October and we were thrilled when they told us they would bring some of their beer to Raleigh! This brewery consistently creates beer that speaks to its sense of place in Morganton, North Carolina. While FFB took home a gold medal for their Dry Irish Stout at GABF, the brewery will tell you they are more proud of creating beer with ingredients found in their own backyard. FFB also hosts a festival called State of Origin every year, inviting North Carolina brewers to bring a beer with ingredients grown in their home state.
The first beer that they are showcasing is Brutus, a dandelion saison fermented with brettanomyces. The second beer is a collaboration with Scratch Brewing Company. Fonta Flora and Scratch first met at our event in Denver and they have been looking for an excuse to work together ever since. You can watch out for a red saison with cherry wood shavings and pine needles.