What you need to know: Two craft-beer-loving classmates from UNC-Greensboro started a series of bars and restaurants in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, found success, started a brewpub, found even more success, and then expanded into production brewing. Distribution has since expanded into Raleigh where there’s now another Natty Greene’s brewpub. Oh, who is “Natty Greene,” by the way? Well, Nathanael Greene, of course. Nathanael “Natty” Greene was a Major General during the Revolutionary War. Greensboro is named after said individual. Natty Greene’s is in Greensboro. It all makes sense!
Beer #1: Buckshot Amber Ale (Amber Ale / 4.8%)
Notes: Natty Greene’s has the following notes for this beer: “full-bodied with rich, smooth flavor and notes of toffee and caramel.” Definitely a more malt-forward amber in the English style, not its American counterpart.
Notes:This beer doesn’t appear on Natty Greene’s website or on BeerAdvocate or Ratebeer, so there isn’t a whole lot of information for me to offer on this one in particular. Baltic porters, as a style, tend to be extremely complex, with prominent roast notes. BJCP describes the style as a cross between an English porter and a schwarzbier. Another malt-forward offering from Natty Greene’s.
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Summary: In an event dominated by hoppy beers and sours, Natty Greene’s boldly decided to bring two malty styles of beer. Lots of North Carolina breweries this year, to the delight of many. Stop by Natty Greene’s and get a Greensboro history lesson and some of their beer!
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