Durham, N.C. — Durham's newest and smallest brewery is poised to make a big impact in the Triangle brewing scene...and with a name like Ponysaurus, it has to be good.
While the brewery has been operating out of a small space in The Cookery, they're now preparing to brew even more for bottled production.
Out & About was invited to a Ponysaurus tasting event last night, and the beer blew everyone away! They have eight beers available, and I tried all but the IPA.
I started off the evening with the Weissbier, a traditional, drinkable German beer (4.7% ABV). It was tart and refreshing, and perfect to drink on any occasion, I think.
Even though the summer season is almost over, Ponysaurus had their Fig Saison out for everyone to try (6.3% ABV). This was a balanced and refreshing summer beer with a "mix of fruit, floral, spice, and subtle fig-ish notes."
Even more complex to me was the Biere de Garde, a farm-style ale made with three types of barley, wheat, rye and oats (6.3% ABV). As I drank the beer, I could detect apple, pear, almond, vanilla and lemon notes in a delicious layering of flavors.
Reserve, a Belgian dark ale, is one to watch out for (9.3% ABV)! Even though this beer is darker and has a higher alcohol content, it's extremely smooth and easy to drink. It's also slightly sweet because of the homemade Belgian candy syrup fermented into the brew.
Ponysaurus goes more traditional with the Scottish Ale, which pours dark and has notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee. This rich beer is still very smooth and I think will be great to drink on a crisp fall evening if I don't want something as heavy as a porter or stout.
Classic stout flavors – coffee and chocolate – are accounted for and in perfect balance in the Imperial Stout (10.3% ABV). There are also notes of toffee, currant and vanilla, making this beer a strong, savory delight.
I saved the Videri Chocolate Stout (6.4% ABV) for last because I knew, as a dark chocolate- and stout-lover, this would be a fantastic beer. It's simple but well-balanced, with chocolate nibs added right into the beer during the brewing process. The stout isn't bitter, and is incredibly smooth.
Also, if you're heading to the World Beer Festival in Durham next month and got a VIP ticket, you'll be able to check out Ponysaurus there. They'll be pouring the IPA, Biere de Garde and Fig Saison in the VIP tent.