The folks behind Regulator Brewing, L to R: Stephanie, Dustin, Ryan, and Anna.
After months of planning and working we’re finally a real business — an honest-to-goodness, official North Carolina LLC as of last Thursday. Now that things are more legit, we’re going to start a semi-regular blog to keep everyone up-to-date on all things Regulator as we move towards opening in 2015.
To start things off, we thought we’d introduce ourselves Q&A-style:
Where ya from?
Anna: Bull City!
Stephanie: Greenville, South Carolina
Ryan: Bahama, North Carolina
Dustin: Born and raised all over South Carolina, but, I think I speak for all of us, I’m now from Hillsborough, NC.
One thing you love about Hboro.
A: The sense of community – from Last Fridays and Ladies Night, to the brand new Riverwalk and people hanging out at Weaver Street or Cup-a-Joe. Most salient for us at the moment is how supportive folks are of new businesses in town – we want to do Hillsborough proud!
D: I can’t put my finger on one thing, it’s just a special community. I haven’t met anyone who has come out to Hillsborough and not had a great time. There is just so much to do (tried to list them all and there are too many for a blog post) and so many great people to meet.
S: Haha–we joke that our families don’t come visit to see us, they come to hang out in Hillsborough. That’s a tough question–I love that I recognize people everywhere I go. I love that there’s always something new happening but the community stays the same.
R: I love Hillsborough’s unique history – it is awesome to live in a community with such a connection to the Occaneechi Native American tribe and the American Revolution.
How did you meet?
D: The March 2012 Nash Street Homebrew Club meeting at Mystery Brewing. Ryan, Steph, myself, and Brian James (our old brew partner who sadly moved away) ended up talking throughout the meeting and really hitting it off. Anna joined us at the April meeting; we scheduled our first brew day (a double IPA and Hefeweizen) and we’ve been brewing together ever since.
How did you get into brewing beer?
A: Ryan needed somebody to stir the pot. That was way back when we brewed on the stove-top in the kitchen, so preventing boil overs was high priority.
D: I had been thinking about homebrewing for a while–good beer wasn’t really in my grad school budget–and my friend Andrew asked if I would like to brew with him. We made one of those little Mr. Beer kits together. The results were surprisingly drinkable and things escalated from there.
S: My first brew job was “siphon-sitter.” A rogue siphon tube fills a small apartment with beer shockingly fast.
D: We’re terrible at siphoning (3 cheers for the auto-siphon). If we ever run out of gas, we’re in trouble.
R: My cousin introduced me to homebrewing as he had attempted several batches while we attended college together at Virginia Tech. After college, when I started to truly discover craft beer, I asked him to come visit and show me the ropes. Like Dustin, a primary motivation was to satisfy my constant thirst for craft beer without breaking the bank.
What style was your first batch of homebrew?
A&R: Winter ale made with orange peel and spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It definitely had its fair share of off flavors, but was certainly drinkable.
D: First real brew after the Mr. Beer kit was a ridiculously strong stout type thing (12%). It tasted awful and would not carbonate unless you let it warm up to ~55 F. It was not a good beer.
S: …it was possibly a bit hallucinogenic. I’d like to point out that we drank it anyway. All of it.
Favorite beer style(s)?
A: Wheat beers, Saison, Kolsch
D: It really depends on the day for me. Today it was 77, overcast, breezy, and I’m exhausted. I’ll go with a not too bitter Red IPA, hopped with a nice fruity hop like Mosaic (Ryan’s Mosiac IPA would definitely do the trick) or Amarillo.
S: Low gravity British-style brews with lots of roasty, toasty, caramel flavors. Dustin made a peat-smoked English brown ale that I have dreams about. I also couldn’t get enough of Abita’s Grapefruit IPA this summer.
R: Originally, my favorite style was brown ale. I still love a good brown ale, but I absolutely cannot get enough of American IPAs (just ask Anna). Hop-bursted IPAs that utilize tropical varieties are some of my favorites right now.
A: It’s true. IPAs all the time.
Favorite beer/food pairing?
A: Enchiladas/beer (Wine doesn’t pair well with Mexican food)
D: Right now, Gose and Watermelon. Perfect summer combo.
S: Heading into Fall, stout and ice cream–the folks at La Place let us do that with Olde Hickory’s Event Horizon a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing. Also, a big fan of Regulator Pepper Ale and Pizza. Mmm.
R: Wooden Nickel hot wings and a dry, west-coast style IPA.
A: Dude. People went all specific.
Hobbies unrelated to beer (haha)?
A: Sewing, wine (drinking it), keeping the puppy dogs happy, reading, piano
D: Basketball, running, dog walking, reading, and whiskey drinking.
S: Painting/drawing, reading, baked goods (eating them), single-malt scotch.
R: Tennis, college football, cooking for friends & family, video games
That’s all for the first installment of the Brewlog! We’d love to know more about you–introduce yourself to us on social media (@regulatorbeer and facebook.com/regulatorbrewingcompany), or look for us around Hillsborough. We’re always up for a beer.
Stay tuned for post #2–a little more about Regulator Brewing Company.