BEER, ON TOUR
New Belgium may have a new mountain home in Asheville, but the Colorado-based brewery is going to have a big week in the Triangle. The roving circus of Tour de Fat rolls into Durham Saturday, June 25 (see page 29), preceded by a great free rock show at The Pinhook Thursday night (see page 31). Just as the concert starts, another New Belgium soiree will be ending at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, where a special draft selection will help the brewery celebrate a quarter-century of its malty wonder, Fat Tire. There will be, Tasty says, cupcakes and high fives. Speaking of Asheville, beer, and Tasty, Burial—one of the state's rising suds stars—will shuffle a few hours east Friday night for a tap takeover, too. Stouts and aged saisons, goses and porters: Burial will supply a fantastic lineup of rarities for the party, which taps at 5:30 p.m.
Two weeks ago, at Durham's new and innovative Black Twig Cider House, you could get a lecture on and tasting of cider, sourced from four distinct regions around the world. On Friday, June 24, at Cary's exquisite fusion hub of An, the subject is sake. Sara E. Guterbock, an actual sake sommelier, guides guests through a six-course dinner that culminates in An's rhubarb financier, which we profiled last month. The sakes boast names such as "Dragon God" and "Drunken Whale," the courses ingredients as diverse as hamachi and beef tenderloin.