Brewmaster Spotlight – Whit Baker of Bond Brothers Beer Company

Not long ago, downtown Cary was a sleepy little area with a few good restaurants, but not much else to do.  In the last year the tides have turned and Bond Brothers Beer Company is helping contribute to the new, exciting vibes of downtown Cary.  Opening in April of this year, Bond Brothers brings something that this area of Cary was missing: a brewery.  The brewery is situated just off of Chatham Street, the main drag of downtown.  The large, open space is warm and inviting, just what you would want when sitting down for a beer with friends.  They also have a large outdoor space that is perfect for a warm summer night.  Kids, dogs, families and friends are all welcome.

Bond Brothers Beer Company - Kettles at Bond Brothers Beer Company

Bond Brothers Beer Company – Kettles at Bond Brothers Beer Company

Bond Brothers started as a group of friends home brewing together.  One of those friends was Brewmaster Whit Baker, who we got to speak with during our visit to the brewery.  Whit is a former high school chemistry teacher, who loved brewing beer at home.  Being a chemistry teacher, he believes brewing beer is 90% science and 10% art, making beer another fun science project.  Once a hobby, Whit is now one of a handful of people in North Carolina who is both a Beer Judge and a Cicerone, the beer equivalent of a sommelier.  That means he’s someone you can trust to make some really good beer.

Bond Brothers specializes in hoppy beers because that’s the kind of beer they love to drink.  But if you don’t like hops, don’t fret, Whit and his team also brew up some great sours and stouts, as well.  You’ll find a couple IPAs as well as brown ales, stouts, sours and Belgians on tap when you visit.  During our visit, we got to try the award winning Ginger Reaper Variant Imperial Stout.  It was so different from anything I’ve ever tasted, with both smoky and spicy notes.  Another favorite was the Bog and Bush, a cranberry and blueberry Farmhouse Kettle Sour.  One of Whit’s favorite things is adding different ingredients and flavors to basic beer recipes.  That’s why you’ll always see some fun flavors on tap.  Bond Brothers will always have an Imperial Stout, which they plan on changing up often.  The next Variant planned for Bond Brothers is Cherry/Chocolate.  The coffee Fall Seasonal will be Pumpkin Coffee Barleywine.  If you’re a foodie who loves beer, you can also find food trucks outside of Bond Brothers to give you something to snack on.

Bond Brothers Beer Company - Whit

Bond Brothers Beer Company – Whit

Even though he’s no longer a high school teacher, Whit still wants to teach people all he can about beer.  That’s why Bond Brothers offers classes for anyone who wants to learn.  Every other Wednesday evening, Whit offers a Technical Tasting class, where curious beer drinkers can come taste beer and learn about what it means to be a Beer Judge.  You will learn how to pick out different notes and aromas from the beer on tap.  Bond Brothers also offers a monthly tour where you can tour the brewery and snack on a beer and cheese pairing.  Whit will continue spreading his love of beer making this fall when he’ll be teaching a Tasting and Flavor Science course at Wake Tech.  So whether you want to learn more about beer, or just grade a good drink, Bond Brothers will welcome you with open arms.


Melissa Guido is a currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area.  She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College.  Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious.  Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures.  In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs.  Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.

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