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Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Hosts Free Grand Opening Event at New Brewing Facility and Taproom Oct 24th

Ponysaurus Brewing Company, 219 Hood Street, Durham, North Carolina.

Ponysaurus Brewing Company, 219 Hood Street, Durham, North Carolina.

After over a year of brewing in the unique nanobrewery housed above The Cookery’s Front Room entrance, the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. brewery and taproom is opening its garage doors at 219 Hood Street. A Grand Opening celebration, featuring food trucks, live music, and local breweries will take place on October 24th from 4 to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

To commemorate the generous 1000% increase in beer production, the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. taps will pour the initial line of beers that were once in short supply. In addition, brewery tours, hosted by Keil Jansen, brewmaster and owner, will offer attendees a closer look at how the beer is made and the philosophy that influences the company’s various beer styles.

Not only can event-goers catch a first look at the new taproom, which opens to a large gathering space spanning an outdoor two-story patio and beer garden, they can also enjoy a multitude of craft beer offered by local breweries. Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Crank Arm Brewing, Fullsteam, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, and Mystery Brewing Company will also be at the event vending their brews.

“This Grand Opening is intended to celebrate the tremendous community of local breweries, the local food scene, and, of course, loyal beer drinkers in the Triangle,” said Keil Jansen, who owns Ponysaurus Brewing Co. with David Baldwin of Raleigh advertising agency Baldwin& and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, owner and partner of Durham establishments The Cookery and Dashi. “Our new brewery is built on the shoulders of giants who helped build the community we have today that values good beer and good food.”

From a main outdoor stage, there will be live music sponsored by Yep Roc Records and American Party Rentals from local bands The Chris Stamey Band, Loamlands and Girls Rock NC.  Guests will also enjoy music from the personal vinyl collections of DJ Ephasis (Justin Vernon of Bon Iver), DJ Website (Matt McCaughan of Bon Iver), DJ Wow (M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger), and DJ Kenny Login (Brad Cook). A host of local food trucks will also be in attendance, including Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, and Two Roosters Ice Cream.

For more information about the food, drink and music offered at the Grand Opening event, visit www.ponysaurusbrewing.com.

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Durham’s Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Expanding Brewery & Adding Taproom!


Owners of Ponysaurus Brewing Co.: Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, Keil Jansen, David Baldwin
Photo Courtesy: Paul Tuorto


The Triangle’s craft beer scene continues to grow at an impressive rate! When I first moved to Raleigh in 2005 I could count the number of local breweries on one hand. Now there are more than 16 breweries in Wake County alone. Ponysaurus Brewing over in Durham is relatively new but they are already expanding their operations. I’ve enjoyed their beer and look forward to new things from them in the future. You can read more about the upcoming expansion, which includes the addition of a taproom in the official press release below. Follow them on twitter and facebook for additional updates on their expansion progress!


After a year of production, Ponysaurus Brewing Co., the unique nanobrewery housed above The Cookery’s Front Room entrance, is moving its brewing facility to the corner of Hood Street and Ramseur Street.  Production from the new location is anticipated to begin this spring.

The new facility, a 6,000 square foot warehouse east of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, will expand the company’s brewing capacity from 180 barrels a year to 2,000 barrels a year, in addition to providing space for a taproom that is slated to 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.”

“Plus,” he added, laughing, “I really won’t miss needing a scissor lift to get to work everyday.”

Ponysaurus brews can currently be found on draft at various Triangle establishments such as Mateo, Poole’s Diner, and Wine Authorities.  The new facility, which will include a canning line, will expand the list of retail shops and restaurants where Ponysaurus Brewing Co. will be available, in addition to the cans and specialty bottles that will be available in the taproom.

The brewing equipment at Ponysaurus Brewing’s current location inside The Cookery, a culinary incubator on West Chapel Hill Street, will be utilized at the Hood Street location as the brewery’s pilot system, allowing Jansen to continue to conjure experimental and specialty brews.

“It’s amazing how our incubation period at The Cookery allowed us to cultivate a grassroots following,” said Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, who also owns The Cookery with his wife, Rochelle Johnson.  “Lowering the capital requirements to launching something like Ponysaurus, which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible, is exactly why we opened The Cookery.”

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

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Hey Pocky Way! Mardi Gras Primer Saturday – March 1st!


Get pumped for Mardi Gras! Head on out to a fun Mardi Gras Primer party this Saturday in Durham at Trotter Hall from 1-5pm featuring a low country boil and three great bands. Tickets are just $25 for an afternoon of music and food with all proceeds going to support the Hillside Highschool Band Program.

Phil Cook

Phil Cook
(Image courtesy Phil Cook and The Guitarheels)

Event Details
Mardi Gras Primer – Presented by Shindigs
March 1st, 2014, 1-5pm $25
Trotter Hall, 410 Geer St, Durham, NC

Bone Slinger

Image Courtesy Bone Slinger

-A Low Country Boil by Saltbox Chef Ricky Moore (Iron Chef Competitor)
-Beer from Ponysaurus Brewing (Local Durham Nano Brewery)
-Music by Phil Cook & the Guitarheels, Boneslinger & Bulltown Strutters
-Make & Take Mask Making with the Scrap Exchange and much more!


Bulltown Strutters

This is going to be a great afternoon of awesome music, food and beer raising money for a fantastic local cause. Hope to see you there! For tickets and more information visit: http://shindigsnc.com/hey-pocky-way

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Ponysaurus Brewery at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh February 6th


Kellyn McGarity

I love how the Triangle’s local beer scene continues to grow. In recent months we have seen some new smaller breweries start operating in Raleigh and Durham. You’ll have a chance to try the beer from one of the newest additions next week when Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Durham’s newest nano-brewery visits downtown Raleigh’s Tasty Beverage on Thursday February 6th from 5:30-7:30. Brewmaster, Keil Jansen, will be on hand with kegs of their Fig Saison, IPA, Biere de Garde, Reserve, and Vidieri Chocolate Stout all on draft. There will also be a limited amount of  Ponysaurus bottles available for sale.

I haven’t had a chance to try the offerings from this local brewer yet, but I have heard very good things about them and look forward to stopping by this Thursday night to grab a pint. Hope to see you there!

Check out this great article about Ponysaurus in the Independent Weekly to learn more about the inspiration behind this creative new nano-brewery operating out of a space at The Cookery in Durham.

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

website: http://ponysaurusbrewing.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PonysaurusBrewing
twitter: @ponysaurusbrew
instagram: http://instagram.com/ponysaurusbrewing


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