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Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

Posted by CDB 17 Sep 2013 One Comment

Keil Jansen says he is “brewing the beers beer would drink if beer could drink beer.”  And I agree.

Jansen has long been involved in the homebrewing community (ie: TRiangleUnabashedhomeBrewers and Brew Durham) and recently quit his day job to pursue his nanobrewing aspirations.  He has teamed up with duo David Baldwin of Baldwin& (AdAge’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year) and Jennifer Gardner of prettyfab PR on the business end and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson of The Cookery for logistics.  Ponysaurus is the first commercial brewery based out of The Cookery.

As a so-called nanobrewery, the offerings will be rather limited in number and availability.  Think mostly 22oz bombers and growlers with a few kegs in three or four bars.  Though there are whispers of a beer CSA, which really need to become shouts.  Who needs local veggies when there is local beer?

In a pre-launch event at The Cookery for food industry workers and local media, the Ponysaurus team offered up eight brews for sampling (which later turned into heavy sampling) and some lovely slices from Pie Pushers to help certain samplers counteract the effects of high gravity.  The beers are all, as Gardner put it, brewed to have a clean finish.  And she’s right about the execution, none of the beers cloys to the palette and each is refreshing.  Below is a quick rundown on the eight offerings from last night, roughly from lightest to darkest (also, my impressions from clearest to murkiest).

The Weissbier is exactly as it should be: a fresh, cloudy, enjoyable quaff.  The spicy clove notes typical of this style are by no means overpowering as it is in many other bottles, though I might have liked a touch more assertiveness in either the clove or citrus department.  But that’s getting picky.

The Fig Saison was fantastic and surprisingly subtle.  It was also a beautiful ruddy hue in the glass.  Crisp but not bitter, this beer would be a welcome finish to any hot day.

The IPA was full of flavor, as you might expect, but not a hopped up bitterness challenge.  I find it the best of both worlds.  It has all the flowery aromas and complexities of the style without the abusive finish only hopheads appreciate.  This is an IPA I would love to drink with something spicy.

The Scottish Ale was malty and delicious with a prominent flavor of something like toffee.  I haven’t met many Scottish Ales that I’ve liked, but this was one of my favorites of the night.

The Biere de Garde was ridiculous.  I took a sniff and immediately began cursing my praises.  I took a sip and it got better.  The Biere was entrancing.  Complex yet easy to drink, like a really good white wine, that Biere was the kind of thing that makes you want to stop analyzing it and simply let it please you.

The Imperial Stout is a big, roasty, glass of coffee.  I found the nose more enjoyable than the taste, but Imperials always seem a bit too aggressive for my liking.  Maybe it’s because they aim to conquer more than persuade.  I prefer a little more diplomacy in my pint.

The Videri Chocolate Stout was like drinking the essence of a 90% dark chocolate bar.  I was very impressed with this Stout and would happily end a meal with a glass.  If you like your chocolatey beers sweet, this is not for you.  But still, give it a try.  It is tasty enough to change your mind.

Lastly, the Reserve.  The Dark Strong Ale was as it should be: dark and strong.  Unfortunately, after seven, albeit short, beers my tastebuds began to fail me somewhat.  I enjoyed the Reserve but couldn’t quite pick up the nuances.  It went down smoothly for a rich, 10% ABV beer.  Tasted good with pizza.  Not a bad measure of a beer.

Look for Ponysaurus in the VIP tent at the World Beer Festival.  Cheers!


One Comment »

  • CDB (author) said:

    Jennifer Gardner is doing PR consulting with Baldwin&; she is not a partner nor an employee of Ponysaurus.


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