Last Call for 2018!

Another successful season is almost over… can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for the brewery opening in May! The last day for the season  will be December 23rd, 2018. We will be open again in the spring (usually around the last week of April or first week of May), so keep your eyes peeled for that! Thank you all for such a wonderful 2018 season, including all the wonderful memories down in the brewery.


On a sadder note, this is my last blog post for the foreseeable future for the Growler. In case you missed my post in August, I am in the middle of my first year of a PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the end of the summer, I sadly said goodbye to the Village and the historic brewery to move down to North Carolina to begin school at UNC. I have been continuing this blog in my absence, but with this post my queue schedule is now empty.

Thank you to all my wonderful coworkers (who are the easiest people in the world to bond with), Ed our former brewmaster and my best pal every weekend down in the brewery, and of course to all the visitors who challenged me with their questions and entertained me with their own personal stories and anecdotes about beer. I will never forget the couples who got married here and came down to visit, the guests who discovered a new type of beer that didn’t know they loved, and the regulars who would remember me and want to catch up like old friends. Who knows, maybe one day I will be back in the brewery once again!

And of course, a final thanks to all the readers! I hope you enjoyed my little posts about beer, delivered to you faithfully every Friday. I am not sure yet who may take the reigns of this blog, but i’m sure they will do a fantastic job.

Thank you all and have a very happy holidays!

Love all the way from beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina



Gift Shop Holiday Guide

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Can you believe Christmas is around the corner? If you’re organized and on top of everything, you definitely have your holiday shopping all taken care of. However, if you’re like me, you’re still looking for some last minute things! You’re in luck… the Black Creek Pioneer Village gift shop has some great choices for unique and fun gifts! As this is the Historic brewery blog, I’ve included some beer themed gifts as well! The gift shop closes at 4:30pm on weekdays, 5:00pm on weekends. Or, if you’re attending Christmas by Lamplight, the gift shop will be open late so you can pop in!

img_4042Artisan Christmas Ornaments and Decorations – Aren’t these beautiful? We have an amazing range of artisan ornaments, knick-knacks, and decorations available in the gift shop. If you’re looking for a beautiful ornament, or some nice things to place on the mantle, we have a variety of different things to choose from.

2L Refillable Growler Jug – Isn’t this cool? This is a refillable growler jug in two snazzy finishes. Each one holds 2 litres of beer, or any other liquid you may want to place in there. It’ll store a ton of beer from your favorite craft brewery, and even keep it cold and fresh if you want to transport it!

“Beer Snob” Growler Carrier – Okay so maybe you’re more of a fan of the traditional dark glass growlers over a refillable jug. No problem! This growler carrier can help you transport your heavy growler full of beer. This carrier comfortably fits a 2 liter growler, and securely holds it in place. Plus it is pretty stylish looking!

Black Creek Brewery Merchandise – As always, we have a ton of cool merchandise available to purchase. You can represent your love of our historic brewery and the village! We just got some beautiful new colors, including this pretty bright coral shade. We also have scarves and pom-pom hats to help you stay warm in this chilly weather.

Uncle Bob’s Ugly Sweater Beer Bottle Cozies – Do you love dressing ugly for the holidays? Then this beer cozy is for you! It comes in a variety of styles to charm any guests attending that ugly sweater party. Plus, it’ll keep your beer insulated and prevent that icky wet label feeling that sometimes happens with an ice cold beer.

Beer Jelly – If you caught our “beer in food” post from way back in October, you know exactly what beer jelly is! If not, i’ll recap: Beer Jelly is exactly what you would expect – a jelly with beer as the main ingredient. It’s great for cheese boards, breads, or a glaze on meat. Beer jelly is great because you get the essence of the beer and its taste without the bitterness of the hops. We have beer jelly available in a range of flavors in our gift shop, including pilsner, IPA, and wheat beer. If this sounds great to you, you’re in luck! We have a gift pack of beer jellies available for purchase in the gift shop!

Of course, this is not an extensive list of all the great things we have available in our gift shop! Come and see for yourself. The gift shop is open every day at 11:00am, and closes 30 minutes after Village closing time.

A Victorian Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Can you believe that the holiday season is already upon us? Family Christmas Weekends are in full swing, and Christmas by Lamplight begins tomorrow! In honor of all the Victorian Christmas cheer that will be abundant at the Village, i’m going to explore how the Victorians celebrated Christmas back in the 19th century, and how those traditions have lasted to this day.

My favorite part of Christmas at the village.. the food! Especially the flaming puddings.

Did you know that many Christmas traditions that we enjoy today come from Victorian times? In fact, Christmas’ tradition as a huge holiday tradition originated in Victorian England. According to the BBC, many credit the adopting of these Christmas traditions with the marriage of Albert and Victoria. The German-born Albert’s childhood included a Christmas tree, complete with decorations and gifts. The Christmas Card was also introduced around this time, when children (including royal children) were encouraged to make their own cards and send them through the post to loved ones.

A Victorian Christmas card! Courtesy of a generous coworker who brought us treats last Christmas. A little different from what you expect from a Christmas card, but so charming!!

The Christmas dinner did not originate in Victorian Britain, but the roast turkey definitely did! The BBC states that the large size of the tradition Christmas turkey was appealing to families looking to feed a large brood for the holidays. Victorians also enjoyed nuts, mince pies, oranges, and of course, flaming puddings!

As is popular here at the village, Christmas became centered around the family. Gift giving, games, carols, and eating together became the tradition as Christmas became more and more popular. It became an excellent reason to celebrate time with family, and extend wishes and sentiments of good cheer and generosity. This is an attitude that still reflects to this day when talking about what makes Christmas important.

If you would like to partake in some Victorian Christmas traditions, we are running our Family Christmas Weekends every weekend until December 23rd, and Christmas by Lamplight on weekend evenings, also until the 23rd. The brewery will also be open on these weekends for tastings!