Do you see the rabbit or the duck? The founder and master brewer, Paul Philippon is a lover of philosophy and The Duck-Rabbit brewery was named after the classic optical illusion made famous by Ludwig Wiggenstein. I put my family to the test – out of the four of us, three saw the rabbit and one saw the duck! What does that tell you?
The Duck-Rabbit brewery is located on 4 acres of land in the small town of Farmville – about an hour east of Raleigh. My wife and I visited on a Saturday afternoon after we visited Mother Earth Brewing Co. about 30 miles south in Kinston. Unfortunately, the tap room at the Duck-Rabbit is only open on Fridays so we only stayed long enough to snap a couple of photos before we headed to the Outer Banks.
The self-proclaimed “Dark Beer Specialists” brew only dark beers such as stouts and porters (no hefeweizens, IPAs or Pilsners here). They are most noted for their flagship beer, the Milk Stout, which won Bronze Medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival and Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010.
Year round, the Duck-Rabbit offers the Milk Stout, their Amber Ale, their Porter and their Brown Ale. Seasonally they offer a Wee-Heavy Scotch Ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, a Marzen, the Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale, a Schwartzbier, a Dopplebock, a Barleywine, a Baltic Porter and more. This summer Carolina Beer Temple was fortunate enough to have their delicious Oyster Stout on tap for a short while. For each seasonal beer you can see the Duck-Rabbit on the label don a different hat!
Over the years The Duck-Rabbit re-introduced me to some lesser known German beer styles like the Dopplebock and Schwartzbier. Dopplebocks originated in Germany and are intended to be a strong beer with an alcohol content beyond 7%. These beers typically pour a reddish-brown color and show a toffee-like aroma. Salvator, a beer brewed by Paulaner, is the epitome of the dopplebock style. Many dopplebocks amend the suffix“-ator” to their beers name as a nod to the most well-known of this style. Duck Rabbit is no exception – thus the name “Duck-Rabbator.” Meanwhile, Schwartzbier literally means “black beer” and are very dark German lagers with roasty flavor.
We will be pouring several Duck-Rabbit brews for our tap takeover on Thursday October 24th, 2013 including the Wee-Heavy Scotch Ale, the Dopplebock, the Milk Stout, Hoppy Bunny and more. Join us for discounted Duck-Rabbit draft beers, Duck-Rabbit flights and a great time!!! The event runs from 6-8 PM, but the beer specials are offered all day!