Beer is a food group, right?

There’s something good about every beer at Dirtbag Ales.

“There is no such thing as a bad beer,” said Vernardo ‘Tito’ Simmons-Valenzuela, co-owner and brewmaster of Dirtbag Ales. “There’s just some beers you like more than others.”

The Blood Orange Kolsch, was the first brew created. Starting with extract kits, Simmons-Valenzuela quickly began using all grain and the size increased as well. He upgraded to an eight gallon system, then to 10, then to 12.5 with kettles, building everything in his garage initially.

Simmons-Valenzuela experiments with a wide variety of ingredients and styles. Some of his infusions include berries, grapefruit, champagne, mocha, and chipotle. He talks to people to find their preferences and creates something they might enjoy.

Dirtbag Ales currently has 8 different beers on tap and offers flights on Legion Road. They are also for sale at Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Fresh Market, and 60% of the restaurants in Fayetteville.

I tried a flight of beers to get a good variety of what they have to offer, they are detailed as follows:

Flight #1: Raspy the Saison
French style saison made with raspberries, you get the fruit flavor upfront and it gives way to the French saison style with a farm housey finish, 8.8% ABV.

Flight #4: Sour Patch Wit
Dry hopped, kettle soured, tart and dry Belgian ale aged with peaches and apricots 4.7% ABV.

Flight #6: The IPA
West coast style IPA with centennial and cascade hops, 7.2% ABV.

Flight #7: Jalapeño Business
Pineapple and jalapeno wheat ale, 30 pounds of jalapeños with fresh pineapple. Despite its name there is absolutely zero heat, only the fresh jalapeño flavor, 5.3% ABV.

Flight #8: Impossibly Black IPA
Coffee IPA brewed with Columbus, mosaic, and styrian goldings. Locally roasted Kenyan coffee beans from Cumberland Coffee Roasters, 7.1% ABV.

Dirtbag Ales also hosts a number of events yoga, Trivia Sunday Funday, every first Friday they have 1st Friday Firkin Friday, and regular art gallery exhibits in the tap room. For more information about these events check out their website at www.dirtbagales.com.

This Saturday on the holiest beer holiday there ever was, St. Paddy’s Day, they will have: ax throwing; live music; a cask conditioned Cold Brew with Irish whiskey. They open at 12 pm with the Fowler’s Blind Pig coming out at 3 pm.

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