It’s time for Triangle Tuesday again! This week we’re headed to Carrboro for some beer at Steel String!
Steel String Brewery is one of the newer breweries in the area (by new, I mean it opened after I graduated, so that’s probably an unreliable marker). Regardless, it’s good beer. I’ve been a couple times, tried a new beer each visit and haven’t been disappointed yet!
Recently I went with a couple friends of mine. My husband is in law school and April = finals, so they swept me away for the evening. They are one of my favorite couples to hang out because they’re always up for anything! So the three of us headed to Steel String after dinner for beer and games.
Steel String’s vibe is laid-back fun. It’s the type of place that you can bring your own food in if you want, and they’ve got board games. Most of the seating is long benches, so it’s great for big groups or for feeling some camaraderie with the group next to you. They’ve also got outdoor seating, and on a weekend night in the spring, that was full to bursting.
We got in and ordered beers. The bartender was quick to offer tastes, which I always really appreciate. Especially in a brewery where they do a lot of experimenting with flavors and unexpected combos, I usually want to know what I’m signing up for before I commit.
Lindsay and I both ended up getting a coffee saison. Which I’d never seen a dark saison, but it was surprisingly good! I’m no beer expert, so forgive me for the lack of knowledge I’m about to show, but it lacked the heaviness or filling-ness of a typical dark beer, but still had the intensity of flavor I like in dark beers. John opted for the Bull City Ciderworks cider they had on tap, and that was delicious too.
The main reason we went to Steel String was because I knew we could have a drink and hang out, play games or just talk, and feel uncrowded. It was busy but we didn’t feel rushed to order another drink or give up our seats, which I really appreciate. They introduced me to Cards Against Humanity, which was so much fun and there was much laughter and head-shaking at some of the card choices.
Interestingly, the crowd felt like mostly grad students and young adults, not undergrads. Probably because it’s just far enough away from campus that students don’t come that often. We were sitting next to a family – parents and their two grown sons – also playing Cards Against Humanity. It was hilarious.
Another great thing about Steel String: logo/artwork game is strong. They’re both cool and a little silly, which I love.
Overall: check it out. Good beer, good vibe. Great place to hang out with friends and chill.
all images original to Teaspoon of Nose