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Mythic Brewing serves up beer with a twist

Posted on December 15, 2021

Updated on December 29, 2021

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Shawna Brouwers, regional manager, and Chazz Oesch, owner, brought Mythic Brewing to Zebulon in hopes of growing with the community.

Amber Revels-Stocks | The Wake Weekly

Shawna Brouwers, regional manager, and Chazz Oesch, owner, brought Mythic Brewing to Zebulon in hopes of growing with the community.

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The Cave by Mythic Brewing is located at 106 W. Horton St., Zebulon. It’s open from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 1-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information and to learn about special events, visit the “Mythic Brewing Cave” page on Facebook and follow @ thecave_mythicbrewing on Instagram.

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ZEBULON — Downtown Zebulon is making a name for itself among alcohol connoisseurs. It’s home to two distilleries, a wine shop and a brewery that prides itself on experimenting with new flavors.

The Cave by Mythic Brewing is a taproom and bottle shop located in the heart of downtown. While the business has leased the space since 2019, it finally opened in March and celebrated its ribbon-cutting on Dec. 3.

The Zebulon taproom is one of three for the brewer. It also has taprooms at its brewing facility at the Rocky Mount Mills and at Cedar Point, the last town before the bridge to get to Emerald Isle. Mythic Brewing focuses on putting taprooms into small towns, according to owner Chazz Oesch.

“We try to build into cities that are on the rise and be part of the expansion of these small towns,” he explained. “I was raised in Raleigh, and I’ve seen all of the small towns around Raleigh just boom in the last 10 years. Zebulon just seems like the next logical step.”

Shawna Brouwers, the regional manager, said Zebulon was great for several reasons, including how it lives up to its town motto.

“People are just all-around friendly. They’re very supportive and want to see the business grow,” she said. “Since we’ve opened, I’ve had a lot of people make friends in here. They’ve talked to each other and (are) exchanging phone numbers. They’re inviting me over as a bartender. Everybody’s so friendly.”

Oesch added, “Even the town motto says ‘the town of friendly people.’ It’s absolutely true.”

That friendliness aligns perfectly with Oesch’s concept, he added. He wants The Cave to be more than just a bar. He wants it to be a community center where people can build around the artistry of craft beer.

To do that, he and Brouwers try to think outside the box when it comes to events. In addition to trivia Thursdays and live music Saturdays, they also host parking lot parties with bands, ax-throwing, food trucks and more. They also participate in bar crawls, such as Saturday’s Christmas Crawl, and host murder mystery parties.

“Our first was 1920s-themed. It was a ton of fun,” Brouwers said. “Throughout the night, three different people got pretend murdered and all the other guests had to figure out who the murderer was.”

The food and decor also featured a 1920s theme, she added.

The pair hosts tasting events with local chefs, private parties and more.

“I’d much rather be the host of a party than the guest of a party,” Oesch said.

He said he enjoys playing with unique flavors and trying to find a new twist on traditional styles.

Mythic Brewing does all of its brewing at the Rocky Mount Mills. It recently hired a new head brewer who has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Oesch said. The brewer likes to pay homage to the ancient beer styles while being creative.

As a result, The Cave rotates its beers fairly frequently. It keeps the same styles, but the flavor may be different from the last time a patron visited, Brouwers said.

Fourteen beers are on tap, including a light option, an India pale ale, a sweet option, a dessert stout and one of Mythic’s flagship coffee stouts. The first one was the Abominable Joe Man, a coffee stout using coffee from Books and Beans in Rocky Mount.

Mythic recently made a raspberry white chocolate lager and a German dunkel with snickerdoodle flavoring.

The brewery has a key lime pie sour that uses graham cracker crumbs, key limes and ice cream. The pumpkin pie sour also uses ice cream.

“We brew beer with the powder restaurants use to make soft-serve,” Oesch explained. “We mix it with beer instead of water. If we use a lot of ice cream in the mix, when it’s poured, the head curdles like a root beer float.”

Brouwers added, “We plan to do beer floats in the future and pair the beers with an ice cream.”

The Cave also serves as a bottle shop, selling four packs of craft beers. It’s a niche that Oesch noticed was missing in Zebulon, he said.

He has big plans and hopes eventually expand Mythic’s reach in Zebulon to include production, bottling and even a beer-themed hotel one day.

“We want to get in front of the wave instead of catching up to one,” Oesch said. “Zebulon’s a great place to do that.”

Eye on Entrepreneurs looks at the dedicated, brave and often unusual people who build businesses in Wake and Franklin counties. This series, by Wake Weekly reporter Amber Revels-Stocks, highlights these entrepreneurs and the small businesses they run. To nominate a business owner or local company, email arevels@wakeweekly.com.

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