The Scoop on Strata® Hops

Late in 2018 Big Boss received a shipment of a new hop variety and quickly created a beer to showcase it! The hop is called Strata and the beer is called Stratafortress. Strata® was developed at Oregon State University and originally known as X331. Flavors will remind you of grapefruit & pine and help round out a clean bite of a classic West Coast style India Pale Ale. Crosby Hop Farm say the aroma profile is “Citrus, Tropical/Fruit, Pungent/Dank” with Alpha acid values comparable to Amarillo and Centennial. A few West Coast brewers got a hold of this one early on with a larger crop expected later this year. We are really excited about the Strata Hop and we have scheduled a few batches of STRATAFORTRESS this year with a small batch right now and again late this fall.

About Big Boss STRATAFORTRESS IPA
Stratafortress IPA is a new interpretation of the West Coast IPA style. This brew features a brand new hop varietal grown in the pacific Northwest, Strata. The addition of Strata hops bring forth an array of aromatic fruit notes including peach, strawberry, and light citrus. Traditional west coast hop varietals (Centennial and Cascade) balance the fruit with citrus and pine notes complimenting the dank characteristics of Strata during the dry hopping stage. This straw colored ale has a balanced bitterness with a soft malty finish as we pay homage to the West Coast IPA.

Malts 2 Row Pale Malt
Hops Strata (Kettle & DH), Amarillo, Centennial, Idaho 7, Cascade (DH)
ABV 6.00% / IBU 50 / SRM 5.00

New Guy IPA Cans!

New Guy IPA Can

RALEIGH – Big Boss Brewing Company to introduce first ever IPA can paving the way for new hop centric series.

Big Boss New Guy IPA Cans


“This marks a historic milestone for Big Boss Brewery.  New Guy is the brewery’s first IPA in a can and the first release in our “Air Raid IPA” Series.  This beer has been our taproom’s best seller since it was launched.” 

The series will be available in 4 pack, 16-ounce cans with artwork that recalls military MRE canisters that ties the “Air Raid” series back to the brewery’s long going appreciation for American military history.   
Head brewer Seth Adams added this about the release; “With New Guy IPA I wanted to drive home a fruit salad note in the aroma. This steered me down the path of some wonderful Pacific Northwest Hops that boast cool aromas like mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.”

The Air Raid Series will be flying high in May and June, with the additions of Rabbit Punch, Big Shmoo and Miss NC.

Derby Day May 4th

Derby Day activities begin at 5pm with a Special Barrel Aged beer tapping! Proceeds will benefit Back In The Saddle Equine Services for Heroes.

5pm we will tap our Derby day Special – This beer-tail features our newest release of bourbon barrel aged Tavern ale with a twist. An addition of fresh squeezed orange juice blended with Luxardo cherry syrup give a this limited edition brew notes reminiscent to the classic cocktails, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Remember the Maine. To give a nod to our local drink the Cherry Bounce we introduced botanicals with a focus on Star Anise to lend a subtle spicy kick to this Derby Day Special.


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May Music Line Up

MAY TAPROOM MUSIC SCHEDULE
Fri MAY 3 7pm CROSSROADS ACOUSTIC TRIO
Fri MAY 17 7pm PINTO
Tue MAY 21 8pm STRAY LOCAL (at Run Club)
Fri MAY 24 7pm HANNA REBECCA

Rabbit Punch DDH NEIPA

Rabbit Punch NEIPA, our latest release in the Air Raid Series collection features a blend of Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Amarillo Hops. This beer has notes of lime, mango, tangerine, and pear. A second round of dry hops with Ekuanot bring an additional character or papaya and watermelon to this hazy brew. 

6.5 Alc By Vol
40 IBU

Malts2 row barley, white wheat malt, flaked oats
HopsEl Dorado, Ekuanot, Amarillo

New Beers Tapped on Thursdays!

Here is the schedule for the next few weeks:

4/11 Cornhusker Pre Prohibition Cream Ale
4/18 Sea Bee Tangerine Gose
4/25 BBA Tavern Ale – english Ale aged in American oak Bourbon barrels

Bourbon Barrel Aged Tavern Release April 25

Bourbon Barrel Aged Tavern Ale

We are excited to bring you another edition in the “Strange Cargo” series of oak aged ales. Bourbon Barrel aged Tavern ale has received much praise over the past few years and we will be offering it for the first time in a limited run of 500ml bottles in 2019. By blending classic English brewing ingredients into American oak Bourbon barrels a smooth, sippable drinking experience is achieved.

Alc By Vol 7%
World Class Rating Beer Connoisseur Magazine
Silver Medal World Beer Championships

Boomerang White

Our spin on the traditional Belgian Wit Ale. Boomerang White features a special blend of botanicals to capture the essence of the popular style. Wheat malt provides a cereal backbone to the ale while flaked oats add a rich creamy finish complimenting the botanicals which add floral and citrus notes in this delicately refreshing brew.