You've Come a Long Way, Baby.

Smoked Helles Lager


Durham has a long history of making products from the farms that surround the city. Tobacco in; cigarettes out. But those days are long gone, as is the over-dependence on tobacco as a source of economic stability for the region’s farmers.

Truly local beer, like farm-to-table cooking, creates new opportunities for economic self-sufficiency for farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs in a post-tobacco South.

That's one of the reasons this beer is 100% North Carolina malt...yet another Fullsteam beer with our "Plow to Pint" certification.

And if that's not enough of a reason, we're also honoring Head Brewer Jon's New Year's resolution to quit nicotine. You've come a long way, Jon!

Our nod to Durham's tobacco past is ever-so-slight, unlike the Hogwash of old or a heavily smoked Rauchbier. Riverbend's Pecan Smoked Wheat is mild with smoke more “talented supporting actor” and less “overacting star." Brite, clear, and golden, this is a smoked beer for non-smoked beer drinkers.

Durham was tobacco town. Today it's the South's Tastiest Town. You've come a long way, Dirty D!

Alc. By Vol.
N.C. Malt
To-Go Options
Drink It With
Jalapeno Popper Pizza
Grains Riverbend Pecan Smoked Wheat, Riverbend Cumberland Pils, Epiphany Olfaction
Hops Czech Saaz
Yeast Diamond Lager

Awards & Certifications

100% N.C. Malt

Craft Malt Certified

Independent Brewery