There are lots of perks to working at a craft brewery. Your friends are mostly envious. You dress how you like. Every day is ‘Bring Your Dog to Work’ day.
And oh yeah — free beer.
Perhaps the greatest perks is are not quite so obvious, but just as important. The opportunity to work around like-minded people. The opportunity to support those whose passion creates an incredibly inspiring work community.
And, every now and then, the opportunity to try a really good pickle.
It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of quality North Carolina products. Beau Martin is hoping to change that.
Beau is in to pickles. Like, REALLY into pickles. Ever since he replicated his grandad’s pickled green tomatoes when he was a teenager, Beau dreamed of having his own pickle business. A couple of years ago, after a decade of restaurant work, he figured it was time. And Green River Picklers was born.
Fast forward to a recent camping trip — Beau ran across a fellow camper who was part of Appalachian State’s Brewing Sciences program.
“There we were, out in the woods,” Beau recalls. “He had all this beer and I had all these pickles.”
I can feel you out there, chortling as you sit at your computer. Trust me, I was no different when they approached us about pairing some of our beers with some of their pickles.
Then they came by the brewpub, and we sat around tasting them with different beers (I know, tough job). You cannot believe how good these two products taste together.
You will, however, get a chance to find out . . . Green River Picklers will be at our brewpub Wednesday July 16th, 7-11pm, for a Brews n’ Brines event — 4 beers and 4 pickles for $10. Come get pickled with us!
Hoppyum / The Narrows (sweet and spicy cucumber chips; a little kick from cayenne pepper and crushed garlic)
People’s Porter / Blue Ridge Beets (sweet, with subtle notes of clove, onion, and bay leaves)
Carolina Blonde Cream Ale / Willy’s Dillys (bold and zesty, made with fresh dill and garlic)
Pilot Mountain Pale Ale / Spicy Appalachian Okra (marinated in whole cayenne peppers, organic vinegar, and spices)
Find the full list of Green River products here. They are nutrient dense, vegan, and gluten-free, and brined in organic vinegar.