A Very Merry Durham

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Haymaker

When: December 16, 2011
Where: Fullsteam R&D Tavern, Durham, NC

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Produced by Akiva Fox, Emily Hill, Tim Scales, Dan VanHoozer, and Sean Lilly Wilson
Variety Hour written and directed by Akiva Fox
Production Stage Managed by Shaun Jamieson
Lighting Design and Décor by Megan Thrift
Bad-ass Construction by Jeremy Parker
Featuring Jessica Barnes Bellemer, The Bulltown Strutters, Michael Casey Magician, Owen FitzGerald, Emily Hill, Alice James, Madeline James, Allie Mullin, Adam Peele, Tarish Pipkins, Billy Sugarfix, Chris Vitiello, and Sean Lilly Wilson
Special Thanks to Julia Fiore, Emily Francis, Lisa Miller, Allie Mullin, and The Scrap Exchange

 

Fullsteam and Haymaker teamed up to bring Durham the first annual A Very Merry Durham holiday hootenanny. In the grand tradition of outrageous holiday parties the world over, A Very Merry Durham reveled in the exuberant and absurd. An hour of crafting activities provided by the Scrap Exchange, live art on the brewery wall by Adam Peele, performances by various local artists and musicians, and photo ops with the Holiday Gorilla were capped off with a Variety Hour featuring Bull City talent. A little comedy, a little contortionism, and a whole lot of fun, the show was emceed by Fullsteam’s “Chief Executive Optimist” Sean Lilly Wilson and featured acts selected through an open audition process.

And to top it all off, we made it snow INSIDE. Beat that, Santa.

 

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Making Beer (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells) 

Making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!
Oh, making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!

First you take a starch, commonly malted barley,
then you grind the starch and mix it with hot water.
Starch turns into sugar, in a liquid known as wort,
And then we drain and wash the mash, in a process that’s called sparging!

Making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!
Oh, making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!

The wort goes in a tank to boil off excess water,
which concentrates the sugars and other fermentable components.
Now we add to the hops for complexity of flavor,
and cool the mixture down in preparation to ferment.

Making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!
Oh, making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!

Once the liquid cools, we add the brewer’s yeast,
which converts the sugars into alcohol and CO2.
After several weeks of careful oversight,
the finished beer is transferred into kegs and to your glass!

Making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!
Oh, making beer, making beer, here’s how we make beer! Christmas is the perfect time to learn how we make beer!

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