Deep River creates a new brew

ajames@newsobserver.comDecember 16, 2013 

— Cold weather isn’t the only thing causing people to head indoors to the brewery.

Deep River Brewing has teamed with Broadslab Distillery near Benson to offer a beer that’s drawing new customers and offering intrigue to regulars.

Dark in color, the Repeal Day beer is made with cracked corn. Jeremy Norris, owner of Broadslab, the county’s first legal distillery, grew and harvested the corn on his land near Benson.

Repeal Day, which has 5.7 percent alcohol, has been a hit with regulars at the brewery.

“This is my favorite,” said Kristin Tigne, who came with friends to celebrate Repeal Day. “Though it’s dark in color, it tastes really light, not heavy.”

Broadslab Distillery produces moonshine that is sold at ABC stores. It’s also available at several popular bars in Raleigh, including Foundation and Fox Liquor Bar.

Norris’ family has a long history of making moonshine, and he started producing the alcohol legally to keep up the tradition.

He and Paul Auclair, the owner of Deep River Brewing, have a similar approach to making their beverages. It’s about sourcing quality ingredients.

Several beers at Deep River have ingredients from fields in Johnston County. The White Winter has local white sweet potatoes, and the watermelon lager is made with local melons.

Repeal Day is available only in a small batch, so it won’t last long.

The brewery celebrated Repeal Day Dec. 5. Prohibition ended on Dec. 5, 1933.

Auclair and Norris felt it was appropriate to combine forces to celebrate the day because each of their businesses are the first legal operations, a brewery, and distillery, respectively, in the county.

James: 919-553-7234

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