A pleasant drive into the country brought us to the industrial complex where, at the end of a long, sterile-looking hall, we found a dog and some brewing equipment (and soon, lots and lots of people!)
Pisgah Brewing Company is a remarkable operation, and the brewers, Dave and Jason, are making some flavorsome craft brewed beers. They are joined by two friendly canines – Savannah (a German shepherd who can’t get enough playtime with a simple plastic lid) and Sampson (a barrel-shaped black lab who couldn’t possibly be more happy!), and on Thursdays between 4 and 7 PM, people pour into the brewery for growler fills. Meanwhile, pints are passed for the guests. Friends catch up, people meet and conversation abounds.
I spent quite a bit of time chatting with a “local” named Tom, who told me quite a bit about the natural aspects of the area (hiking, flora, fauna, etc.)
I had just enjoyed the Vortex 1 at Barley’s, and then on site we tasted three things:
+ Pale Ale – nothing exceptional; lacked the hoppy and malty aspects I look for in a pale ale;
+ Stout – this was magnificent and so easy to drink because it was so roasty and creamy;
+ Solstice (a tripel) – so delicious and light with a very banana flavor.
It is important to note that all Pisgah beers are certified organic.
We brought the gift of Troegs Nugget Nectar for the guys at Pisgah after they specifically mentioned the brewery when we called and told them where we were coming from (Troegs is our hometown brewer), and in return, they let us keep our pint glasses (with a sharp slogan: “We all drink downstream.”)