Belgian-Spiced Wheat IPA

‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrown upon them.'
I was one, sir, in this interlude; one Sir Topas, sir;
but that's all one.
‘By the Lord, fool, I am not mad.'
But do you remember?
‘Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal?
an you smile not, he's gagged:'
and thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

-William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 5 Scene 1

In the same way that Shakespeare used the simple fool to speak great truths, Vollis Simpson used whimsy to showcase feats of engineering in his whirligigs. The park across the street from our brewery preserves these fantastic creations, a true treasure of North Carolina folk-art recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs combine a blend of simple images and complex movements, sturdy and delicate components, all whimsical and folksy by nature. In honor of the Grand Opening of the Park and the 2017 North Carolina Whirligig Festival, 217 Brew Works will unveil a new brew that is a combination of old and new, bright and strong.

Introducing the Whirligig Half-wit, a hybrid between an East-coast IPA and a traditional Belgian Wit!

Traditional wit ingredients including malted wheat, oats, two-row barley and Belgian-style specialty malts are combined at the proportions of a wit and the gravity of an IPA.

Significant upfront bittering from West coast and English hops are finished with late additions of German aromatic and fresh wet North Carolinian hops from Triple G hopyard in Nash County to create a one-of-a-kind hop character.

The entirety is finished off with a gilding of generous amounts of fresh-ground coriander and fresh whole Valencia oranges. We believe we’ve created a whimsical folk-art festival in a glass.

Come celebrate with us! Because as we learned from Feste, “The future is uncertain, laughter momentary, and youth 'a stuff will not endure.'"

The whirligig of time brings in his revenges

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