From behind a concrete bar shaped like the body of a guitar, the first Steel String craft beers are pouring in Carrboro.
A fiddlin’ tune played in the background as Cody Maltais, one of the four Steel String partners, said music helped inspire the beer. For years, Steel String was the invisible Carrboro brewery. The partners brewed at home and hyped their beer at festivals and local bars, handing out stickers, koozies and coasters well before they landed a commercial location for the operation.
The new seven-barrel capacity brewery opened Wednesday, but it took only the cracked door of a soft opening last week to draw hundreds into the antiqued, exposed-brick storefront in the heart of downtown. Read the full Pintful column here-- including big expansion news from Triangle Brewery in Durham and a tasting from Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville.
Addendum: Steel String is still rolling out it's full beer lineup (check back next week for more details). But I enjoyed Rubber Room Session Ale, a rye pale ale. I like the big grainy mouthfeel of a rye beer and the Motueka hops provide a nice flavorful touch.