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What’s Making Us Happy to Brew in NC, Part 3: Kegs and Hops and Yeast! Oh My!

In our previous post, we talked about how lucky NC breweries are to get great raw ingredients from local agribusinesses (shout out to Farm Boy Farms in Pittsboro for fresh hops).  Did you know that NC breweries can also source just about everything else they need from local companies? One of our main goals as a small business is “keeping our beer dollars in North Carolina” (thanks, Glenn and Dave!). We do that by working with local suppliers as often as possible–and this week, we want to spotlight two more NC businesses that are pivotal in closing our supply chain loop:

Deutsche Beverage Company

Deutsche Beverage is a boozeness in Charlotte, NC. Since 2007 they’ve helped breweries, wineries, and distilleries across the country quench your thirst. While their brew systems are too big for our operation, their INK Kegs are perfect; they’re made out of high-quality 304 stainless steel to help fight off flavors, and they’re stackable (great for a brewery that’s tight on space!). Not only is the product great, the customer service is even better–they’re always ready to fill an order and they usually have it to us the very next day. Next time you’re touring the breweries in South Charlotte, take a second to duck into their showroom and drool over all the beautiful stainless (surely that isn’t just a brewer thing, right?)

Bull City Homebrew

What do you do when you need supplies, but you’re too small for most suppliers’ minimums? You turn to the homebrew shop that’s been there for you from the beginning! We’ve been visiting Kyle and his Bull City Homebrew team from our very first homebrew sessions and we’re thrilled to keep working with them now that we’re a brewery. They’re always doing their best to keep us in hops and yeast, along with all the other tiny parts we need on a given brewday. This is a great relationship for us–we get to keep supporting one of our favorite local businesses, and get access to hops we wouldn’t be able to order on our own. If you’re a homebrewer or thinking about homebrewing, make the trip over to Bull City. You won’t be disappointed.

These are just a couple of the local suppliers we couldn’t bring you delicious Regulator brews without; we also lean on the homebrew shop at  Fifth Season Gardening in Carrboro and get our CO2 from the fine people at ARC3 Gases in Durham.

What’s Making Us Happy to Brew in NC, Part 2: Local Maltsters using Local Grain grown by Local Farmers

In part two of our NC Beer Month series, we’re taking you back to the beginning of the beginning – where the grain in our beer comes from and how it gets to us.  Since we use at least 75% local ingredients in each batch of our beer, this is really important to us.  Did you know that we also tell which what’s in each batch? For us a big part of “local” means “transparent” – so you know exactly what you’re drinking.

Here’s our bold, 100% true claim: Neither our brewery nor locally-sourced-NC-grown Beer from Here would be possible without folks like Brent Manning, Brian Simpson and their team at Riverbend Malthouse.

Brent and Brian started and run Riverbend in Asheville, and they work with and buy from grain farmers (our heroes!) within a 500-mile radius of the malthouse.  That includes a growing network of farmers in NC, VA, and KY (pun and double entendre intended).  This regional variety is crucial to make sure things like the weather/pests/plant disease don’t ruin an entire year’s crop.  We are, after all, making an agricultural product derived from agricultural products.  Getting that cold pint into your hot little hands depends on A LOT of things beyond human control going right.  We’re pretty sure that makes beer a miracle.

Back to Riverbend! Last fall, Brent was kind enough to give us a tour of their new and bigger facility, explain their floor malting process, and tell us more about how Riverbend is connecting farmers and brewers – or using the food systems lingo, closing the supply-side infrastructure gap to make Beer from Here possible.  You can also tour Riverbend – they think transparency is cool, too!

They can certainly tell their story better than we can, so we’d really encourage you to check out their website and blog.  Full disclosure: Their pictures are way better than ours, but here’s a few we took on our visit!

Stay tuned for next week’s installment of “what’s making us happy to brew beer in North Carolina,” and don’t forget to drink a North Carolina beer in honor of #NCBeerMonth! To find Regulator on tap in Hillsborough, keep an eye on where to find us, or catch up with us on facebook or twitter.

What’s Making Us Happy to Brew in NC, Part 1: Happy Cows

You may have heard: April is North Carolina Beer Month! In honor of NC Beer Month, and inspired by Pop Culture Happy Hour‘s segment, “what’s making us happy this week,” we’re doing a series here on the brewlog: “what’s making us happy to brew beer in North Carolina.”

For part one, we’re starting at the end of the brew day. Depending on the beer, each brew produces a tub or two of “spent grain:” crushed malt that’s been soaked in high-temp water to extract flavor, starches, and the sugars that make for good fermentation.  “Spent” is kind of a misnomer, though, because the brewing process leaves behind a lot of good stuff: spent grain is particularly high in protein and fiber, not to mention particularly tasty to cows.

Regulator’s spent grain doesn’t go to waste: Kim and Chad Woods of Spring Crest Farm (just up the road in Hurdle Mills) take it off our hands and put it to good use. In addition to being wonderful people, they’re a part of Firsthand Foods‘ network of conscientious local livestock farmers. Our contribution is small, but we’re proud to support this humane, sustainable North Carolina food system in any way. (To read more about Kim and Chad, visit their page on Firsthand Foods’ site.)

That’s a lot to be happy about, but if you’re not convinced, take a look at this:

Cows

Photo thanks to Kim Woods.


Stay tuned for next week’s installment of “what’s making us happy to brew beer in North Carolina,” and don’t forget to drink a North Carolina beer in honor of #NCBeerMonth! To find Regulator on tap in Hillsborough, keep an eye on where to find us, or catch up with us on facebook or twitter.

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