What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Eight local drinks we love

Posted March 15, 2016

Beverages for Taste, photographed at Chet Miller

— Find these products and other local goods at Weaver Street Market, Whole Foods, Durham Co-op Market, Parker & Otis, The Root Cellar, Foster’s Market and Southern Season. 

MATI Energy

What started as founder Tatiana Birgisson’s habit of brewing teas with high caffeine levels in her dorm room at Duke University has morphed into a best-selling energy drink. Citrus is the original flavor of the line that also includes cherry and tropical options, and it contains the caffeine equivalent of 11⁄2 cups of coffee, the antioxidant level of 3 cups of green tea, the vitamin C of an orange quarter and the potassium of half a banana. 

Fahsyrah’s Lemonade 

An ideal summertime drink, it strikes a perfect balance – not too sweet and not too tart – and is made through old-fashioned hand squeezing.

Bull City Ciderworks

The Off Main is a traditional flagship cider, but not mainstream in any way. It’s very light, semi-sweet, refreshing and easy to drink, and it is the first cider to be offered in 22-ounce bottles at the cidery!

TOPO Distillery 

The certified organic distillery – the first of its kind in the region – began producing grain-to-glass vodka in 2012 and has since added Piedmont Gin, Carolina Moonshine Whiskey and, most recently, the Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey. 

Maple View Farm

Hillsborough’s Maple View Farm, which has been in operation since 1963, has roughly 130 milking cows that produce more than two million pounds of milk every year. You can find this hormone- and antibiotic-free whole milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, chocolate milk and buttermilk at more than 90 locations in North Carolina. 

Joe Van Gogh

The coffee shop roasts its beans in Hillsborough but operates three Bull City storefronts
in Woodcroft, on Broad Street and on Duke’s campus in addition to their Chapel Hill location on Weaver Dairy Road. The recipe they use for iced coffee is one part Honduras Finca Mogola Natural Process coffee concentrate to one part water, served over ice. 


The Durham brewery’s collaboration with Chapel Hill-based Cackalacky produced this hoppy Ginger Pale Ale – Fullsteam’s first canned beer – which is infused with ginger from a nearby farm and is a perfect complement to spicy food. 

Brood Soda 

Seven flavors – including sweet, spicy, sour and smoky – in addition to limited editions and seasonal batches make up this Durham-based soda brand that utilizes quality ingredients to create “quality beyond corn syrup.” Brood also creates sodas specifically inspired by the Tobacco Road schools: Duke, UNC and N.C. State.

Editor’s Note: From April 21-23, you can find many of these drinks featured at TASTE 2016, presented by Johnson Lexus. The Grand TASTE Experience will feature 30 local chefs and a dozen beverage purveyors — not to mention a live jazz band! All in the (Nana’s) Family is a tribute to Durham chef Scott Howell and features chefs trained by Howell himself. Finally, the Family Cookout at Maple View is a perfect day at the farm, with hayrides, face painting, craft beer and ice cream! Buy tickets at tastetheevent.com.


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