Thoughts on Fullsteam’s Latest Release: Cackalacky Ginger Ale W/ Pics

Two Sundays ago, January 27, Fullsteam in Durham, North Carolina, released a new year-round brew. This one is a collaboration between Page Skelton, founder of Cackalacky barbecue sauce, and Sean Wilson of Fullsteam: Cackalacky Ginger Ale. The event brought Durham beer lovers in to not only celebrate the release of a new beer, but to also raise a kazoo to celebrate National Kazoo Day.

I don’t think I’ve seen Fullsteam’s taproom quite as full as it was on Sunday. Even with Durham’s ever-busy Food Truck Rodeo a block away, people still showed up in force. Chicken-Que (amazing chicken barbecue truck) had rolled up at the front door, and a Cackalacky smoker was smoking and cranking out wings smothered in their amazing sauce. Inside, a giant paper mache kazoo was making its rounds, and guests were signing it, cementing their place in Fullsteam history. The beer is definitely an excellent offering. It is a golden yellow, and has a sweet scent with notes of ginger. Having a light, crisp flavor, ginger is immediately present, but soon gives way to slightly bitter, organic, hoppy pale ale-y finish.

Hanging out with some good friends at Fullsteam was a nice way to wrap up a Sunday afternoon. We stuck around long enough for kazoo karaoke, which was highly entertaining, and to snack on some amazing Cackalacky wings. I think that the Cackalacky Ginger Ale is a nice sessionable addition to Fullsteam’s year round line-up, and I’m looking forward to having another soon!


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