For the past couple of years, bar manager Andrew Christenbury has been in charge of the “pub” half of the offering at G2B Gastropub in Durham. He has delivered enthusiastically with a cocktail menu rooted in the classics and an outstanding international selection of more than a hundred bottled beers and North Carolina drafts to pair with executive chef Carrie Schleiffer’s eclectic “gastro” offering of small plates, big burgers and charcuterie.
Turns out Christenbury has another trick up his sleeve. A hobby brewer since 2009, he has been working for more than a year with Schleiffer to develop a few brews of his own to add to the rotation. In July, Christenbury completed construction of a small brew room behind the N.C. beer bar, where he’s already turning out test batches. Pending inspection of the facility, he hopes to be able to offer his first batch to the public in late September or early October. Beers will be offered one batch at a time, and will be selected with an eye to pairing with G2B’s seasonally changing menu.
“He’s got a really good IPA,” says Schleiffer, by way of hinting at which beer may be the nanobrewery’s first to be offered for sale. Pale ale and porter are other early candidates.