“Yours Truli” a special collaboration in honor of NC craft beer pioneer Uli Bennewitz to be released February 14.
Members of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild have brewed a special beer dubbed “Yours Truli” in honor of the trailblazing work of Uli Bennewitz who started the state’s first craft brewery, and it will be released on Valentine’s Day. Bennewitz founded Weeping Radish on the Outer Banks in July 1986 which remains the state’s oldest operating brewery.
“Yours Truli” was brewed by the guild’s board of directors and staff while they attended Beer Camp at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River, NC in July 2016, which marked the 30th anniversary of craft brewing in North Carolina. “It seemed like the perfect time to pay homage to Uli. He laid the groundwork for the incredible industry we now share,” said Erik Lars Myers, President of the NC Craft Brewers Guild and founder of Mystery Brewing Co. in Hillsborough, NC.
In order to keep the project secret from Bennewitz, guild board members did some sleuthing to find out the very first beer that Bennewitz brewed at Weeping Radish and then brewed a variation of that with a local twist– a Bavarian wheat ale brewed with triticale grain from Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham. Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye.
The board deliberated and settled on the name “Yours Truli” as a tribute to the man who emigrated from Bavaria, Germany and tried to start a brewery only to find that breweries were not actually legal in North Carolina. Bennewitz then worked to have the law changed allowing breweries to operate in the state which now number 187.
Guild staff kept the secret and waited to tell Bennewitz about the project until January 31. “When I started the Weeping Radish Brewery over 30 years ago we were alone out on a limb–the only brewery in North Carolina for 5 years,” said Bennewitz. “I couldn’t have imagined what a incredible micro-brewing community would develop over the years, let alone that they would honor us in such a thoughtful way.”
“Yours Truli” will be available beginning February 14 at a limited number of breweries across the state who participated in the project including:
- Bull Durham Beer Co., Durham
- Front Street Brewery, Wilmington
- Fullsteam Brewery, Durham
- Highland Brewing Co., Asheville
- Lonerider Brewing Co., Raleigh
- Mystery Brewing Public House, Hillsborough
- Noda Brewing Co., Charlotte
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River
- Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, Grandy