Brewery News
Brewery News and Plans, Brewery Construction Progress, and Brewmaster's Pintification

We’ll be releasing a new batch of Vick’s Choice Sweet Potato Blonde Ale™ just in time for Bar-B-Que Season!

As you may know, Vick’s Choice™ and Kandagadda ISPA™, our sweet potato beers, have 120 pounds of hand-processed sweet potatoes in each batch.

We have the generous help of the Barton College kitchen in chunking and steaming these, afterwards John blends them with rice hulls to add directly to the mash. The rice hulls provide a flow path for extracting the wort during the brew.

This requirement for extra planning, logistics and labor for these brews is why we are only making them available in Wilson and adjoining counties. The sweet potato flavor is mild and balanced, designed to taste like a beer christened with sweet potato rather than a sweet potato club over the head.

For this batch, we steamed 80 pounds at Barton as normal. The other 40 were fire-roasted in our good downtown neighbor Jimmy Sink’s locally famous brick pizza oven. Jimmy is the proprietor of Creekside Creative Design.

While we were hosting the wedding yesterday, the Growler Howlers had their first Poker Run Day to benefit the HeartWorks Foundation whose mission is to address the under-served mental and physical health needs of youth and their families.

While we couldn't be a stop on the run this time, we made a gift card donation for their raffle. The 217 Brew Works team looks forward to hosting the winner when they visit.

Find out more about the Growler Howlers on their website and see pictures from their fundraising event as well.

A few scenes from the setup for the much anticipated private event, the Conklin-Packer Wedding, which is being held at The Brewery today.

If you would like more information on scheduling an event at the brewery in either the taproom, the beer garden or both, please use our contact form to get in touch.