R&D buys ball­park brew­ery Bull Durham

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DREW JACK­SON jd­jack­[email protected]­sob­server.com

Ball­park brew­ery Bull Durham Beer Co. has been sold to Raleigh’s R&D Brew­ing, but the beer isn’t leav­ing the sta­dium.

R&D Brew­ing an­nounced Thurs­day it had pur­chased Bull Durham Beer, which is owned by Capi­tol Broad­cast­ing Co. Capi­tol Broad­cast­ing also owns the Durham Bulls base­ball team.

Bull Durham Beer is no­table for brew­ing its beer inside the Durham Bulls Ath­letic Park, lo­cated on the con­course be­hind home plate, ad­ja­cent to both peanuts and Cracker Jack’s. Bull Durham Beer’s flag­ship brew is its kolsch, found through­out the Tri­an­gle in bright blue pint­sized cans.

“There are few brew­eries in this coun­try with as unique of a set­ting and his­tory at­tached to them as Bull Durham Beer,” R&D Owner John Glover said in a news re­lease. “We see a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to take this iconic brand and com­bine it with our brew­ing in­dus­try ex­per­tise to make Bull Durham

Beer a house­hold name for craft brew.”

R&D Brew­ing opened in 2017 and be­gan dis­tribut­ing beer in the Raleigh mar­ket, show­ing up on tap at bars and fes­ti­vals and through can re­leases. The com­pany said it plans to change lit­tle about the way Bull Durham op­er­ates, con­tin­u­ing to brew inside the sta­dium and keep­ing the brand alive. Tate Lit­tle will re­main Bull Durham’s head brewer.

“It was just one of those things, our team had a re­la­tion­ship with their team and we’re ex­cited about com­bin­ing our forces,” said R&D Brew­ing di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing Rachel Peter­son in a phone in­ter­view.

R&D now brews its beer off of Cap­i­tal Boule­vard near down­town Raleigh, but Peter­son said the brew­ery hopes to find a larger pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity by next year.

Bull Durham Beer also opened a tap­room called The Bullpen just out­side the ball­park, but it is not in­cluded in the sale, ac­cord­ing to Peter­son.

The Bullpen was ini­tially a part­ner­ship be­tween Bull Durham Beer and Heav­enly Buf­faloes chicken wing restau­rant, but the Bullpen later chose to craft its own menu. Last year The Bullpen stopped serv­ing food and drinks to the pub­lic and tran­si­tioned into an events space.


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