Carver Sweet Potato
Lager brewed by Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
Sweet Potato Lager is a crisp, refreshing lager brewed with 200
pounds of North Carolina sweet potatoes per batch and zero ounces of
pie spice. Savory and earth. Deliciously smooth. Carver celebrates
the subtle flavor of North Carolinaís most prized crop. Enjoy this
tribute to a true Southern visionary, Dr. George Washington Carver.
While he may be better known for his work with peanuts, Dr. Carver
was also passionate about the sweet potato. Availability:
year-round, 22oz bombers at our tavern and select markets. 5.5% ABV.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Have had Carver a few times whether by growler or, in this instance, a draft at
the brewpub - the beer is a deep maple amber in color, served in a tall lager
style glass with a low cap of carbonation. Opens with aromatic biscuity malts,
toasty, with lots of caramelization and an earthy sweet potato sugar. Earthy,
grassy hops. Moderate in body and carbonation. Flavors of toasted biscuity malts
and caramel, the sweet potatoes come through as an earthy sweetness but not
exactly distinct. Lots of rich, heavy flavor. Earthy hops with a hint of toast
and light bitter to the finish. A nice lager, slightly sweet for my taste, but
enjoyably full flavored and I think the use of sweet potatoes is both well done
and a benefit to the beer.
In the past few years, North Carolinaís beer selection has
flourished with beers around the world: Belgian dubbels, tripels,
and quads; English bitters and barleywine, German lagers. Amazing
craft beer from US breweries establishing regional traditions and
styles: the West Coast IPA phenomenon. Hearty Wisconsin lagers.
Experimental beers from the Northeast.
But we have yet to develop a Southern craft beer identity.
Fullsteamís mission is to craft this identity. To create a
distinctly Southern beer style that celebrates the culinary and
agricultural heritage of the South.
Fullsteamís owner and Chief Executive Optimist
Sean Lilly Wilson founded and led both Pop The Cap and Permit Beer,
two beer lobbying organizations that have opened up economic markets
to North Carolinaís craft beer industry. He holds both an MBA and
Master of Public Policy from Duke University. Sean has ten years
restaurant experience, including three years at Durhamís renowned
Chris Davis, aka 32 is Fullsteamís resident Zymologist. 32 comes up
with new, off-the-wall Plow-to-Pint beer concepts and many of our
more traditional Workersí Compensation offerings. He also vets
Seanís crazy visions, keeping eye rolls to a minimum. Heís a
two-cycle scooter nut and a proud papa.