This post about the new Dirtbag Ales Brewery And Taproom is not sponsored.
You work hard, so you deserve to play hard. I get it. You spend five days a week at a desk or in a classroom or behind a register. You smile, have pleasant interactions, and sometimes get yelled at for no reason other than someone has a problem with something that’s out of your control and you just happen to be the lucky person who answered the call.
So when the weekend rolls around, you want to unwind, kick back, and just relax. But at this age, everyone just wants to go to a bar, knock back a couple pints, and take an Uber home.
A bar is a bar is a bar. And, in the oversaturation of craft beers, it’s starting to be that a brewery is a brewery is a brewery. A brewery needs more than just craft beers and bar stools.
Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom has both of those.
But it also has a bier garden, a farmers’ market, a soccer field, a playground, a dog park, and Napkins, an incredible on-site restaurant, and more. Lots more.
Introducing The New Dirtbag Ales Brewery And Taproom
I first went to see the new Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom (5423 Corporation Dr.; Hope Mills, NC) in February 2018. It was just land and a couple structures. The owners intended to be open and moved out of its original location, three miles away at 5423 Corporation Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348), but things don’t always go as planned.
The ribbon cutting took a eighteen months from then (blame permits and crap — no, literally, part of the hold up was a sewer line) and the new Dirtbag Ales Brewery And Taproom was officially opened in August 2019.
The beer part anyway.
See, when the construction was halted, the brewery’s six acres were just sitting there. So the Sustainable Sandhills Farmers Market went on as planned on Sundays from April til October.
That market is thriving, by the way. There’s a huge covered space where vendors set up tables so they can sell rain or shine.
The vendors sell local products, made within a 50 mile radius. There are candles, honey, meat, and eggs — the latter three which often find their way into Napkins’ Sunday brunch.
We had that brunch in October, not even two months after Napkins opened. Side note: Napkins is its own free-standing restaurant on the Dirtbag Ales property. Brian Graybill rents the space from Dirtbag Ales and operates separately. But he does incorporate Dirtbag Ales’ beer and events into his menu. Like serving farmers market-sold items during Sunday brunch. And brunch was incredible. That’s great because you need incredible to stand out in the brewery market no matter where you are.
See, the craft beer revolution hit Cumberland County hard. There are other breweries in Fayetteville, NC (the town next to Hope Mills): Bright Light Brewing Co., Huske Hardware House, Lake Gaston Brewing Co., and Mash House Brewing Company.
But the new Dirtbag Ales is more of an event space. And that’s perfect because it is a bit off the beaten path. If you’re visiting Fayetteville, you’ll probably stay in the downtown area because that’s where there (most of) the action is. The minor league baseball stadium is there; restaurants, shops, and bars line the streets. If someone is going to drive twenty minutes or so to the new Dirtbag brewery, they need more than just beer. Because when you go there, there’s nothing else to do if you get antsy.
Which is fine because everything you’d want to do is right there in Dirtbag’s backyard.
Like a dog park. You can grab a beer and then head into the enclosed area and let your dog run and play with other dogs.
And a playground. So you can grab a beer quickly then take your kids outside so they can run and play. They’ll be happy to be at the brewery because they can play with their friends. And you can hang out with their friends’ parents without worrying about who is happy.
Yes, yoga. Not with goats or ostriches. But with beer, thanks to Hayat Yoga Shala. Hayat Hakim, a Military veteran, is amazing. She hosts beer yoga at Dirtbag Ales, on the grassy area behind the bier garten, on Sundays (weather permitting). I actually got to take a class when I toured the new brewery last year. I own an insane about of yoga pants, especially for someone who hasn’t done yoga since tenth grade gym class. So, I was a bit concerned I’d be flopping and falling down the entire class. But I wasn’t. In fact, Hayat made it so fun that you didn’t even worry if your hips weren’t swaying right or how your bunda looked to the people behind you. If you get a chance to take a class with her, please please do it.
The grassy area behind the brewery also doubles as the perfect place for a picnic. You can bring your own chairs and just enjoy the sunshine or live music. Because of course Dirtbag Ales has live music.
Have we even mentioned the beer?
At the old, much smaller location, Dirtbag Ales would brew Monday through Wednesday with a quick turnaround on Thursday to open for customers. At the new venue, Dirtbag can serve and brew simultaneously.
The menu changes often. There are flagship beers — like the Blood Orange Kölsch and an IPA– and then seasonal brews, like The Märzen Attacks Lager released in time for Oktoberfest and the Homecoming Pilsner released in collaboration with the Fayetteville Area CVB and out in time for the town’s Heroes Homecoming celebrations.
And there are events. Lots of events. Dirtbag Ales hosted Oktoberfest in September and is having a German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) on December 13 and 14. We will actually be there — as patrons, not bloggers — on December 14. There will be 50 tents set up selling German inspired food, crafts, Weihnachts Musik, and more. Many of he vendors who sell at the farmers market will be there. But, each one is required to have at least one German-inspired product at the market.
We have been looking forward to it since we first found out about it a year ago … just as we had been looking forward to the new Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom for a year. The new brewery didn’t let us down at all. So we know the market won’t either.
Come join us there. Or just check out Dirtbag Ales in its new location on your own. Just be ready to spend the entire day there.
Have you checked out the new Dirtbag Ales Brewery And Taproom? What did you think of it?
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