Mystery Brewing Co. held its official launch party at The Wooden Nickel Public House in downtown Hillsborough, NC, on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. and lasting until the Mystery kegs and cask stopped pouring, the party drew craft beer enthusiasts from across the Triangle to celebrate the opening of the area’s newest brewery.
Erik Lars Myers, Founder, CEO and Head Brewer of Mystery, announced via Facebook on February 7 that Mystery had received its last required permit and was now “OPEN FOR BUSINESS.” Two days later, Myers, along with Assistant Brewer Chris Shields and General Manager Derrick Smith of The Wooden Nickel, happily served Hillsborough’s first locally-brewed beer to a full house. So many supporters attended the release that The Wooden Nickel had to temporarily remove a center railing to fit everyone comfortably inside the landmark tavern.
Once inside, patrons could choose among Mystery’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, a “Carolinian Dark,” or “a darker version of an English-style IPA;” Gentlemen’s Preference, an “easy drinking blonde ale” with Trappist yeast; and the cask-conditioned Batch #1, the first batch off of Mystery’s new brewing system and the base beer for its sour program. Along with a pint, attendees also received a free Mystery-emblazoned snifter or tulip-style glass.
Located on Dimmocks Mill Road in West Hillsborough, the brewery has planned a “Grand Unveiling Week” for Wednesday, February 29 – Saturday, March 3 that includes, among other events, an official grand opening party with live music, hourly brewery tours and a ribbon cutting by Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens.