Mystery Brewing opens in Hillsborough, serves first beers tomorrow

aweigl@newsobserver.comFebruary 8, 2012 

Mystery Brewing Co., the Triangle's newest brewery, is finally up and running in Hillsborough.

The first pints of Mystery Brewing beers will be served at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Wooden Nickel Pub in downtown Hillsborough. Mystery Brewing owner Erik Myers says they will be serving these beers:

  • Queen's Anne Revenge, an English-style black IPA that is not overly hoppy.
  • Gentlemen's Preference, a Belgian-based blonde ale.
  • A special cask of a soured blonde ale.

Myers, an avid home brewer, has had a long road to becoming a brewery owner. In the summer of 2010, he raised $40,000 via kickstarter with the initial idea of becoming a contract brewer -- he would brew his beer at other breweries. But the Triangle beer scene is so good that no breweries had capacity for his beer. So he changed his plan to open his own brewery and found space on Dimmocks Mill Road in West Hillsborough.

His brewery is not open to the public yet. They don't have a bar like Fullsteam in Durham or Big Boss in Raleigh. But Myers says they hope to have a grand unveiling party at the end of the month when they will release their other two beers:

  • Six impossible Things, a breakfast stout made with oatmeal, chocolate and coffee.
  • Mousqueton, a Belgian-style tripel named after one of the Three Musketeers' lackeys.

Myers says he plans to offer beers seasonally for a limited period of time and if they do well, offer them again the following year.

He plans to offer monthly tours of the brewery starting in March. While they don't have a bar, they do have a space where folks can fill a growler of beer or enjoy a pint during a tour. He plans to have a taproom open nearby by March or April.

"We hope," Myers cautions, noting: "I kept saying we'd get this brewery open last October."

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