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Ponysaurus Brewing Co. to open brewery and taproom on Hood Street

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The three gentlemen of Ponysaurus: from left, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, Keil Jansen, David Baldwin - PHOTO BY PAUL TUORTO
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  • The three gentlemen of Ponysaurus: from left, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, Keil Jansen, David Baldwin


Ponysaurus Brewing Co. may have to reconsider its name. It is on the verge of outgrowing pony status and developing into a full-fledged racehorse.

The nano brewery now located above The Cookery is expanding to a new brewing facility on the corner of Durham's Hood and Ramseur streets. The move, planned for this coming spring, will expand the company's brewing capacity from 180 barrels a year to 2,000 barrels. Even better news for fans of Ponysaurus—and nightlife in general—the space will also house a taproom. It should open in the summer of 2015. 

“The east end of downtown will be the perfect home for us,” said Brewmaster Keil Jansen, who is a founder and owner of Ponysaurus Brewing Co. along with David Baldwin and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson. “Not only will you be able to find our beer in many more Triangle retail shops and restaurants, but we’re also transforming a vacant warehouse into a vibrant social hub.”

You can currently find Ponysaurus brews at locations such as Mateo, Poole's Diner and Wine Authorities. The new facility will include a canning line and allow the brewer to service a longer list of retail shops and restaurants. That will make such brews as its Biere de Garde Ale, Fig Saison Ale, Imperial Stout and IPA even easier to find. In addition, the brewers will be better able to explore the possible development of other styles, so keep an eye on the taproom when it opens for the chance to try assorted new specialty beers.

“Our small craft brewery is scaling up from making a tiny amount of beer to a small amount of beer,” Baldwin said, “and we couldn’t be happier.”

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