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Pig Pounder Brewery

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Awesome ingredients, amazing beer. Pig Pounder is a craft microbrewery specializing in (but not limited to) their award-winning English Ales. The name is derived from a beer produced in 1988 at Darryl's Woodfire Grill. A pint, or 16oz "Pound-er", was called the "Pig Pounder" and featured a pig-faced label to symbolize Darryl's North Carolina roots.


Oral history interview with Kalif Mathieu (2018)

In 2014 maybe you could get by brewing classic styles of a specific origin and that's it. But in 2017 its a very different environment, where you have more breweries, and a lot more craft beer being consumed, more people in North Carolina that are craft brewery customers.

Kalif Mathieu, head brewer at Pig Pounder Brewery in Greensboro, NC, discusses his career as a brewer and his work at Pig Pounder. He describes the ways in which he has seen the industry change since entering the field in 2012. He also discusses a series of recent changes at Pig Pounder, both on the brewing side and the public, taproom side.

View the Kalif Mathieu oral history interview.

Oral history interview with Genisis Dancer (2018)

I think people tend to think of brewing as like a very creative job, but as a brewer you spend most of your time doing pretty repetitive tasks. So you hope that you love it because you're doing the same things every week.

Genisis Dancer, assistant brewer at Pig Pounder Brewery in Greensboro, NC, discusses the work that went into getting the equipment ready for Pig Pounder's opening, the success of their Boar's Brown Ale, the brewery's recent growth in styles offered, and her advice for a woman looking to become a commercial brewer.

View the Genisis Dancer oral history interview.

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