Groundhog Day isn’t a big holiday for beer lovers. It’s sandwiched between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, both of which have their share of beers — spiced seasonals for the former and big, chocolatey stouts for the latter.
So it’s easy to overlook Groundhog Day as a beer drinker. We might check to see if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not, but who among us would raise a glass of beer to the alliteratively-named rodent?
Carolina Brewing Co. and Pisgah Brewing, that’s who.
While everyone was gearing up for the “big game” yesterday, Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain was celebrating the eighth year of Stout Hog Day. As they do every year, they tapped a variety of stouts and dark beers, including Chocolatized, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year. They also held a Brewer’s Breakfast for the first time, where the brewers made free pancakes for those in attendance.
And Pisgah isn’t the only one to celebrate this oft-overlooked holiday. Carolina Brewing Co. in Holly Springs brews a beer for Groundhog Day every year. This year’s version — an imperial stout — is on shelves now.