Beer for the People: Kickstarter Rye Pale Ale

pollIt’s one of the challenges of launching a Kickstarter campaign in support of a new brewery: federal guidelines prohibit offering beer as a reward for donation. So, we thought: if we can’t give our backers beer brewed with local ingredients–the thing they’re supporting us to make–how about letting them design a beer?

We put together a poll (right) that would collect data on the characteristics of our backers’ favorite beer–color, hops, flavor, and finish. Then we waited for the results, hoping that the favorites would suggest an awesome beer.

Without further ado, here are the (highly scientific!) results:*


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Bravo, backers! We’ll admit we were a little surprised; we were pretty sure we’d be brewing an IPA. Instead, you wanted an easy-drinking pale ale, with a little extra bite–which is awesome, because that’s our favorite, too.

When it came time to flesh out the recipe, we decided this was an opportunity to make our most local beer yet:  NC rye malted by Farm Boy Farms in Pittsboro would help give us the requested kick, along with Farm Boy barley for clean body. We’re really proud to say that 100% of the grains used in this beer were grown and malted here in North Carolina.

In a serendipitous twist, the folks at Weaver Street asked if we had any interest in picking some hops off of a vine on their property. The vine–we’re pretty sure it’s Cascade–went bonkers this year.


We picked all we could, and threw most of them into the boil with some non-NC Warrior hops. The rest we saved for dry-hopping (along with a couple of handfuls from a friend’s Hillsborough garden). We’re really proud of the end result, and hope our backers are too: ”Kickstarter Rye Pale Ale”–a really solid pale ale with just a hint of rye spice and a nice, smooth hop finish–will be on tap at the Wooden Nickel Pub and Mystery Brewing Company’s Public House in the next couple of weeks. Get some while you can!

*We could sit here all day weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various measures of central tendency–no really, we could. We did. Suffice it to say, we went with “mode.”