Monday, July 16, 2012
A few years ago I read an article called 50 beers to drink before you die and recognized a brewery I'd seen while driving to the Outer Banks, the Weeping Radish Farm Brewery. Their Black Radish (Schwarzbier) was listed and I had tried this dark German styled lager before and had always enjoyed that beer as well as that style. Last week I had a chance to visit the brewery while heading down to OBX. The facility is located in Jarvisburg NC, eleven miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge leading into Kitty Hawk.
Weeping Radish brews primarily German styled lagers and keeping with the Purity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot), they utilize just water, hops, malt and yeast in the brewing process.They offer a range of styles from though out Germany, from Munich and Cologne (Kölsch) to Marzen and Weizen. During our visit we sampled their entire portfolio (seven beers) and all were spot on for their style. The OBX Kolsch was light and refreshing, the Corolla Gold (Munich Helles) was a little sweeter, and the Fest and Black Radish were right on. I definitely think a Schwarzbier is a style everyone should sample before they die - so why not the Black Radish - basically a milder form of Porter. The most interesting brew was the Radler - based on the Biermischgetränk (beer mixed with Lemonade or cola) - with this version mixed with Lemonade. The citrus flavor was mild and really was only apparent at the finish. It received mixed reviews with our crowd one pro and one preferring others.
As the name applies, the Weeping Radish Farm Brewery is also a working farm. Goats range in front of the brewery and they provide a range of sausages and liverwurst. My favorite was the sweet potato wurst - with onions and bread - and paired with the Weizen - some sweet and sour flavors. All in all, this is a great place to stop on the drive down. The main complaint, the vessels sold to hold the beers are not very compatible for beach or pool drinking - 22oz bottles. Where are the cans? :) Cheers.