Leveneleven Brewing celebrates first anniversary of original beer and music with bottle release
Featured photo of William Nesmith and the Disaster Recovery Band (Jim Herrmann, Shawn Mowery, and Charlie Murphy) by Bo Barbot
*Editor’s note: There was a mix up with dates in the print version of this story. Big Dan’s Brew Shed opened July 2011, not February 2011.
By: Terry Rader
Award-winning brewer Dan Morgan is throwing a party to celebrate Leveneleven Brewing, 1111 Coliseum Dr. (beside the Greensboro Coliseum), and its one-year anniversary on Feb. 23. The party starts at noon and runs until 11:30 p.m. with seven hours of live original music including some of the Triad’s most popular local musicians such as Jeff Wall of Big Dumb Hick, John Stevens, and Jim Herrmann’s Disaster Recovery Band with special guest William Nesmith. Morgan said they are rolling out an anniversary T-shirt with all 26 first-year beers on it and food provided by Frank’s Chicken & Waffles Café food truck onsite from 3-9 p.m. with lots of beer, wine, cider, soft drinks and bottled water inside.
Beer enthusiasts can anticipate the release of Leveneleven Brewing’s first bottled 22-ounce beer named Anno Mundi (the year after creation), but the “style” will remain a secret until the day of the party and will also be available on tap that day. Morgan said that while 360 bottles may seem a modest amount, it is quite an undertaking for this small three-barrel nano-brewery. All of the work from bottling to hand labeling is by co-brewer Derrick Flippin, Morgan and a couple of volunteers.
In 1984, Morgan said he had his first home-brew experience, when he purchased a beer-kit, but wasn’t pleased with the results. In 2005, he got back into it when “there were better ingredients and information available.”
Morgan said he woke up thinking about beers and fell asleep reading about beer. He said his wife Karrie gave him the nudge, so he took a job loading bottles at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company and Red Oak Brewery’s production plant. When he took a part-time job at Triad Homebrew Supply, he knew it was what he wanted to do and opened Big Dan’s Brew Shed on Highway 68 in July 2011 (located next door now). He said he began thinking about having his own brewery in 2015, then one day he realized, “if you don’t do this now, you’ll never forgive yourself.”
He spent a few years learning the craft and began entering beer competitions in 2008 to get some honest feedback. Morgan said he won a ribbon with the first one and then runner-up Best of Show with the second. Then he joined Battleground Brewer’s Guild, a homebrew club for amateurs and in 2010, he won Carolina’s Brewer of the Year and Master Brewer awards.
Morgan and Flippin aren’t just brewing tasty creations, they are winning awards in some of the most highly revered beer competitions. Flippin won the 2015 Carolinas Master Brewer and the 2016 National Home Brew Championship awards after being mentored by Morgan. In 2017, Morgan hired Flippin to work at his homebrew shop, Big Dan’s Brew Shed (homebrew supplies) he had opened in 2011 and then as his first co-brewer at Leveneleven Brewing upon opening in February 2018.
In June 2018, Leveneleven Brewing won silver medals in the international U.S. Open Championship of Beer competition including silver for “Right Proper Baltic Porter” and silver for “Alt Acquaintance Altbier” in collaboration with Wise Man Brewing.
In July 2018, they won three awards including, Best of Show/Gold Medal for “Right Proper Tropical Stout,” a silver medal for “Herr Girdner Kölsch” and a silver medal for “Wematanye Golden Ale” at the American Brewers Palate, a regional competition held in Greensboro.
Then in October 2018, they won three awards again at the North Carolina Brewers Cup at the State Fair for North Carolina breweries, including gold for “Right Proper Tropical Stout,” gold for “Right Proper Baltic Porter” and gold for “Mash Temps Matter.”
“I like to give my beers time to clear properly,” Morgan said. “We try to do unique takes on classic beer styles, and not do beers that have been done to death. Our current IPA is 6.6 percent alcohol, but our beers have ranged between 4.5-11.5 percent so far.”
He said they plan to reveal a new black currant fruit beer for the Pre-Valentine Date Night party on Feb.13 with music by William Nesmith.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, songwriter and wellness herbalist, formerly an ad agency creative director/branding strategist/copywriter and Earth Harmony columnist, a storyteller on a mission to raise awareness for creativity and environmental sustainability along with part-time work in Community Outreach & Wellness Buyer at Deep Roots Market Co-op and her business, Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind (pet, house sitter).
2/13, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Pre-Valentine Date Night with William Nesmith and Pearl Kitchen food truck at 5:30 p.m., 2/23 12 noon-11:30 p.m., One-Year Anniversary Party with Frank’s Chicken & Waffles Café food truck onsite 3-9 p.m. and live music, Jeff Wall 3-4:30 p.m., John Stevens 5-7 p.m., Disaster Recovery Band with William Nesmith, 7:30-10 p.m.) LevenEleven Brewing, 1111 Coliseum Boulevard, Greensboro, North Carolina 27403, 336.265.8600, https://leveneleven.com/, brewery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4p.m-10p.m., Fri., 2 p.m-10 p.m., Sat., 12 p.m-10 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m-7 p.m. Big Dan’s Brewshed, 1113 Coliseum Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27409, 336.265.8600, http://bigdansbrewshed.com/ brew shed hours: Sun & Mon: closed, Tue, Wed & Thu: pickup only 4-6 p.m., Fri: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.