As part of its 20-year celebration, Carolina Brewery has debuted a “20th Anniversary Local Burger” at its Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, North Carolina, brewpubs.
The full-circle story is in line with Carolina Brewery’s dedication to working with local farms and purveyors, creating dishes with the best ingredients, and highlighting the rich history of the Triangle area. The menu at Carolina Brewery was revamped this winter to introduce a number of new dishes, including the popular burger.
Created by Carolina Brewery’s Chef Bill Heckler and priced at $12.95, this burger is truly local, made with local beef, local cheese, local bread, and local beer.
The ground beef comes from Lilly Den Farm, just miles from Carolina Brewery. Farmer Tucker Withington drives his truck to Carolina Brewery to pick up nutritious spent grains leftover from the restaurant’s brewing process, which he uses to feed his cattle. Similar to prized grass-fed beef, cattle raised on spent grains have a lower fat content, as compared to beef raised on corn.
The lean burger is stuffed with local Hickory Grove or Swiss cheese, depending on availability, from Chapel Hill Creamery. Both of the cheeses come from raw milk produced by Chapel Hill Creamery’s Jersey cows.
The burger is dusted throughout the grilling process with an in-house seasoning blend. It is topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle chips, and slathered with smoked paprika aioli.
Finally, the burger is sandwiched in a fresh baked potato bun from The Pittsboro Bread Shop.