Greg Barbera

Thirsty Thursday: Starpoint Brewing

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into Linda’s Bar & Grill  on Franklin Street is wood. It dominates the atmosphere – wood bar, wood stools, wood booths – wood is the classic king of this barroom aesthetic. Look closer in Linda’s, and you’ll find initials and names carved all over the booths, conjuring up ‘70s After School Specials. There are two parts to Linda’s: upstairs and downstairs. Upstairs has a sort of locals-only vibe for the lunch rush while downstairs after dark has more of a collegiate dive bar vibe, and if often populated by UNC students....

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Thirsty Thursday: Cider

You know the drill by now. It’s Thirsty Thursday. Today, we’re going to talk about cider. If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s “Botany of Desire,” or watched the film adaptation, you know something about the history of apples in this country. Then, of course, there was this iconic, folklore legend person named Johnny Appleseed. People wrote songs about him and his tree-planting exploits. Apples that would eventually become delicious, delicious cider. Cider, as defined by the dictionary, is not today’s — or your father’s — cider. Cider has gotten crafty, and Appalachian Mountain Brewery has gotten into the cider game....

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Thirsty Thursday: Tropical Stout

It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? One doesn’t normally associate the stout style of beer with tropical climates, much less consider it a summer quaffer, but it’s actually quite popular in the Caribbean. People often assume all stouts are the same, usually referring to a certain wildly popular dry Irish stout. Not all stouts taste like Guinness, however. You can find boozy American Imperials clocking in at over 10% ABV, biscuit-y oatmeals and delicious chocolate stouts on store shelves and in bars. They can come in all shapes and forms, people! In the far reaches of Orange County,...

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Thirsty Thursday: Mezcaltini

Craft cocktails have seen a resurgence in the last few years. They are nothing new, seeing as Sazeracs and Negronis have been around for a long time. Nowadays, bartenders are often referred to as “mixologists” — practiced hands at crafting the perfect cocktail. It’s becoming more common now to see bars using their own house-made tonics, bitters and infused spirits… and let’s not forget about shrubs! In today’s Thirsty Thursday dispatch, we shine a light on Bowbarr. Located at 705 W. Rosemary in Carrboro, this dimly-lit bar shares the street with tacos and a tattoo shop. Bowbarr’s college town quirk evokes a Wes...

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Thirsty Thursday: Steel String Brewery

Thursday. It’s the day before Friday, the day your weekend starts. Some call Thursday “little Friday.” You can call it whatever you want, but one thing for sure: you’ll be thirsty. So what are you going to drink? How about a Picklemania Dill Gose from Steel String Brewery? Steel String, founded in 2011, is located in the heart of Carrboro — in that iconic corner of Main St. and S. Greensboro that houses Cliff’s Meat Market, Neal’s Deli, The Speakeasy at Tyler’s, and Wendy’s. From the quirky Charles Sheppa label art and hosting the popular Cardinal Directions beer festival...

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