Cheers to 150 Years!

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Have a drink! Bars and restaurants across Durham are offering signature cocktails made with Durham Distillery’s Conniption Gin. Each Durham 150-themed cocktail will honor the history and spirit of the city and prominently feature one of Durham Distillery’s award-winning products, including their Conniption Navy Strength Gin, just named “Best in the U.S.” by the World Gin Awards.

Look for the cocktails through November on menus at Alley Twenty Six, Arcana, Mothers & Sons, Saint James Seafood, Counting House, Mateo, The Restaurant at the Durham, COPA, Motorco Music Hall,Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter,Littler (which put together the Parrish Street Fizz, seen above), Pizzeria Toro, Kingfisher and more. See how many you can taste over the year!

The Durhamer Ale and dirty fries at Bull City Burger and Brewery.

More of a beer drinker? Several of our breweries are hopping on the Durham 150 party bus with interesting collaboration brews. Bull City Burger and Brewery will offer a batch of Durhamer Ale, a new style of beer brewed with Durham malt, Durham water, North Carolina hops and the flavor of the city. Durty Bull Brewing Company will partner with Big Spoon Roasters to create a Coffee Stout. Fullsteam Brewery has joined forces with Goorsha to create a Tej (wine) and Tella (Ethiopian homebrew)-inspired Amber Ale using North Carolina honey and “Ethiopian hop” gesho. The Glass Jug Beer Lab is teaming up with Durham Distillery to craft a Belgian Witbier with gin botanicals. Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is brewing a Muchu Durham Ale, a collaboration with Dashi utilizing Japanese ingredients, including locally grown Koshihikari rice from South Wind Produce. Starpoint Brewing will partner with NuvoTaco to produce a Tortilla Mexican lager with a jicama variant.

The Glass Jug and Fullsteam will host tap takeover events with all Durham 150 beers available on April 11 and 12, respectively. The beers will be available on tap at each brewery after April 11.

The celebratory drinks just keep on coming. Unscripted Durham honors the sesquicentennial with a “We Are Durham” specialty cocktail, which is made with Bedlam Vodka and Ponysaurus Brewing Biere de Garde, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade, Crude Sycophant Bitters and topped with an orange twist. The Bull City-centric cocktail is priced at $9.19 as a tribute to the Durham area code. The hotel is also offering a staycation package – guests will receive two limited-edition Durham 150 T-shirts and a Shop Durham NC card for exclusive discounts and freebies at local businesses. (Use the code “wearedurham” to book directly through Unscripted’s website until the end of the year.)

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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