A Durham Legend- Sam's Quik Shop
I was hooked on the beer selection, but throw in free samples and a line of taps for growler pours and you have a recipe for infatuation. The pictures here do not do this place justice in representing the selection. Throw in a hipster heavy metal vibe, great selection of cigars and a super friendly staff to check us out and its easy to see how they got their reputation. The two of us, easily dropped three bills in there on our personal beer care package, but left knowing we were coming home with unique beers that are not typically found in our market.
Fortunately we found a spot and ordered up some flights. Despite the bedlam going on, the bar staff was incredibly helpful and informative with beer recommendations and beer information. The day we were there was an IPA event so not only were FullSteam's beers available but a number of other local North Carolina Brews. It says a lot for the brewer when they are confident enough in the product to feature competitors as well. I won't go over all the beers we tried because there were too many that day but here are the highlights of our tasting.
- FullSteam Fortunate Son- Definitely a lot to like here. First off any homage to Creedence Clearwater has my attention. Next throw in kumquat flavor and the opportunity to repeat this seemingly dirty word and I am fully on board. This had great IPA flavor with a tang to it that was different than what I have come to expect in a Fruit IPA.
- Foothills Seeing Double- Another North Carolina brewer, this double IPA did not disappoint. At nearly 10% ABV it felt strong but also had a sweetness reminiscent of a barleywine.
- FullSteam Coffee is for Closers- Another fantastic reference and a beer that follows suit. Since my flight was mostly IPA's this one was a great pallet cleanser between tastings. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavor allowed me to transition between beers while also enjoying this one fully.
- Wicked Weed Freak of Nature- Having covered a lot of news and heard great things about Wicked Weed, I had to make sure I did not leave Raleigh without trying some of their beer. This beer was another high ABV double IPA. More on the bitter side, I did not love it, but can see how certain hop heads who enjoy a nice bitter, resiny IPA would really dig this.
The outside is set up like a beer garden with ample picnic tables as well as a second level deck with more seating. The inside is the typical rustic warehouse, brewery feel but with a very cool, rustic stove as the centerpiece of the taps. We did some sampling and settled on a flight each. To its credit, Ponysaurus also has their snack game down pat. We were noticing people carrying interesting trays of nuts, trail mix. candies and other assorted crunchy treats. For a few bucks we had them load up a tray with some nuts and wasabi peas to enjoy alongside our beers. Typically brewers have food trucks or bagged snacks, so this was an interesting take on providing a bevy of beer munchies.
Please check back in a few days to read the thrilling conclusion to this two man, beer extravaganza. To see some of the pictures that are not posted here you can also check out our Raleigh Photos section. #beerup