Episode 43: Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam Brewery (Durham, NC)

Located in downtown Durham, NC, Fullsteam Brewery is a hub. Food trucks park outside, inside, patrons gather around industrial tables or line the bar, mingling, asking questions about different options on tap. They form groups to play board games or darts, and generally hang out like it’s a cooler version of their living rooms. It’s a true beer hall, no lederhosen required. And to its owner Sean Lilly Wilson, this is exactly what he wants. To Sean, beer is much more than just a beverage -- it’s about community. From crowdsourcing foraged local ingredients to speaking up for community change, for Sean, beer is one of the catalysts for action. But it’s also great beer, so sit and sip and learn about the man behind the brand, and then of course, get thirsty for some delicious Southern beer. Cheers.

Stephanie Burt

A native North Carolinian, Stephanie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, on good Southern cooking and lots of books. She received both her BA and MA in English from UNC Charlotte and was a former instructor of English and American Studies there as well. Most recently the Director of Digital Content for The Local Palate, she is now a full-time freelance writer for a variety of publications, a pursuit that continues to feed her daily curiosity about all things food.