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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

North Carolina

The dark beer specialists of North Carolina, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery focuses on under-represented beer styles with an enormous range of flavor possibilities.

Founded in 2004, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery crafts exclusively “dark” beers in the town of Farmville, North Carolina. The owner and headbrewer behind the brand is Paul Philippon who used to be a university philosophy teacher. The name of his brewery, and the logo, is a tie to his former life and references the Duck-Rabbit diagram from one of his favorite philosophy texts - Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein. The diagram, which looks like a duck or a rabbit, depending on the viewer’s perspective, also relatives to the brewery’s specialty of dark beers. As Owner Paul Philippon has explained, “Many people don’t see beyond their first impression of a dark beer: color. The Duck-Rabbit line-up demonstrates that different dark beers can be refreshing, thirst quenching, hoppy, balanced, and robust. With our beer, as with our logo, a second look might reveal something you didn’t expect.”

Dark beers are usually an under-represented part of the market, and we applaud Paul Philippon for not only making such a high-risk decision, but also succeeding! While most breweries include just one or two dark beers in their line-up, or skip them all together, Paul’s portfolio is strictly made up of dark beers and they have become extremely popular. His celebrated Milk Stout is Duck-Rabbit’s flagship brew, and other offerings include an Amber Ale, Brown Ale, and Porter. Paul also brews a handful of seasonals that are made in very limited supply.

Located in Farmville, North Carolina, a small rural town in the eastern part of the state, The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery has become a small brewery with a lot of intrigue. From its odd location to its funny name, optical illusion logo, and countless national and international awards, this is a brewery that definitely stands out from the crowd.

We hope our Craft Beer Club members enjoy getting to know this brewer and a couple of his best brews, but first we have to ask - what do you see? The duck or the rabbit? Cheers!

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