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Cary brewery latest in growing Triangle beer scene

Posted February 25, 2014
Updated February 26, 2014

Cary’s first and only brewery not only plans to stay true to its British roots, but is also part of a growing Triangle trend.

Fortnight Brewing Company opened on Tuesday, specializing in English style beer.

“It's just amazing,” said Glenn Cutter, who runs the website NC Beer Guys. “We've been doing this for a couple of years and we were worried at first if there was going to be enough activity to justify a blog on our work just promoting NC craft beer. And it's been a huge explosion.”

The Triangle had 11 breweries in 2010. Now there are 28.

“I think the consumers want those local products,” said David Rogers, director of distribution for Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing Company.

Such is the mindset Fortnight’s owners believe will contribute to their success.

“The craft breweries are slowly eating into that market share that the big breweries have,” said David Wilkinson, co-owner. “It's getting bigger and bigger each year.”

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  • Brad Carey Feb 26, 2014

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    They stated that they'll serve their beers colder than you'd expect due to Americans' tastes. The beers I've tried during their soft openings didn't come across as flat to my wife or I.

    I think they are adhering loosely to what you'd expect in English style ales. Please try them before you judge them on perception.

  • Russell Chapman Feb 26, 2014

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    Its not about the alcohol or being intoxicated. Session beers from England are typically "flat" meaning low carbonation leading to little or no head. In some areas outside of England, this would be against the law. Also, session beers are served at room temperature. Again, no thanks.

  • Brad Carey Feb 26, 2014

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    You'll be impressed. Plus I've been told by one of the owners that they'll be brewing some beers that are more like typical American craft, to please both crowds. I'd expect some guest taps too as most around town do, but they haven't stated that to me.

  • Marley Higgins Feb 26, 2014

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    those 4 ingredients are the only thing allowed if you're following the reinheitsgebot, or german purity beer purity law of 1487. luckily, this isn't Germany nor is it the 15th century, so that definition doesn't hold here - heck, it no longer even holds in Bavaria, since there's enough wheat and rye nowadays that beer production doesn't threaten the making of bread.

    also, what defines a beer as an 'ale' or a 'lager' is the yeast used; top fermenting yeast produces an ale, and bottom fermenting yeast produces a lager.

  • MB4579 Feb 26, 2014

    The growing array of local microbreweries in the area is one of the reasons I love the Triangle so much. I'm not a big fan of English style beer, but it's always nice to try a new spin on something. I look forward to trying their brews, and I wish them well.

  • Brad Carey Feb 26, 2014

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    Try their versions before you knock them. I'm used to American craft beers but so far I have found Fortnight's beers very flavorful and enjoyable, even at low alcohol. Their blonde has more flavor than any I can remember (not that I frequent blondes).

  • Brad Carey Feb 26, 2014

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    There are plenty of choices around if you want beers that are "the rage". Plenty of others will enjoy well BALANCED beers that you can enjoy a few pints of without becoming intoxicated.

    Remember, not everything has to be extreme.

  • Brad Carey Feb 26, 2014

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    I don't think it's a mistake, they made a good choice by being the only game in town. I'm more likely to go somewhere nearby than I am downtown Durham/Raleigh. Based on the soft opening crowds I have seen, I don't think they'll have a problem.

  • Chase Truman Feb 26, 2014

    Well at least this will give the Cary folks a place to go in their area. I hope the business flourishes.

  • KT donated a coloring book to ke Feb 26, 2014

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    This. 3-4% alcohol and light on the IBU's. Pass. Been to the UK enough to know I don't particularly care for their beers.

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