Great article about the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit http://www.brewscruise.com/raleigh/ for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!
Great article about the Triangle breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit http://www.brewscruise.com/raleigh/ for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!
Please check out www.CraftBeerDirectory.com It's a nationwide directory of American-owned craft breweries and brewpubs.
I also have a FREE Craft Beer Directory App in the Apple iTunes App Store. The GPS feature allows you to find "Breweries Near Me" search by "Brewery Name or City" and get turn-by-turn directions to any brewery you choose using the "Plan My Trip" feature!
Joseph, Here is the list I used as the basis of the column. This includes existing breweries, breweries under construction and in planning, and some that may still only be dreams--and the list covers an area larger than the Triangle, proper.
If I have missed any breweries-to-be, my apologies--and please let me know! JJ
Greater Triangle Region
Aviator Brewing Company, Fuquay-Varina
Big Boss Brewing Company, Raleigh
Boylan Bridge Brewpub, Raleigh
Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham
Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill
Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro
Carolina Brewing Company, Holly Springs
Crank Arm Brewing Co., Raleigh
Fortnight Brewing Co., Cary
Fullsteam Brewery, Durham
Hosanna Brewing Co., Fuquay Varina
LoneRider Brewing Company, Raleigh
Mystery Brewing Company, Hillsborough
Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Company, Raleigh
Raleigh Brewing Co., Raleigh
Roth Brewing Company, Raleigh
Star Point Brewing Co., Carrboro
Sub Noir Brewing Company, Raleigh
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery, Chapel Hill
Triangle Brewing Company, Durham
Trophy Brewing Co., Raleigh
White Rabbit Brewing Co., Angier
White Street Brewing Co., Wake Forest
Do you have a list of the 16 breweries? Seems like a nice list to have!
Thanks for the shout out. It's a busy year for the area.
For up to date news on our progress please be sure to follow along at :
Twitter : @FortnightBeer
I loved Crossroads. Even if it was made by AB.
Maybe i'm just a relic, but beer is a working person's drink, because working people can afford it. When pitchers of beer cost up to 20 bucks, and they don't make it around the table, you may as well switch to whiskey.
This is an excellent article! It summarized what is going on. I own a PA beer distributor and also a home brew supply shop. Your article truly hits the mark when you declare that this is an economic discussion in disguise and also that consumers really do care about supporting small business. Great job!
Three Cheers for the Madisons!
Yes, let us raise a beer mug in a toast to James and Dolley Madison for their principled support of an American "homeland" beer-brewing craft. This is the bicentennial of James Madison's re-election as President in 1812, and Dolley Payne Madison was born right here in North Carolina in Guilford County.
Madison (1751-1836) was President from 1809-1817, and First Lady Dolley Madison had already acquired much experience in official diplomatic hosting as an assisting contributor to the presidency of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), whose beloved wife Martha had died long before he assumed the awesome responsibilities of the Chief Magistry of our Republic.
Jefferson had succeeded Dr. Benjamin Franklin as Minister to France in 1986 and thus was absent from the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, tending to his official diplomatic duties in the Land of Voltaire, Moliere, Pascal and Rousseau. But Madison kept his Virginia friend and colleague informed of developments in Philadelphia, sending him a copy of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution, which one can read in the schoalrly histories of that inspiring formative era in the American historical experience, often involving timely and strategic pauses in the deliberations over the content of the new federal plan of government, as it was often reported that the delegates to the convention "adjourned to a nearby tavern."
We can salute those early beer taverns in the City of Brotherly Love
for their atmosphere of fellowship and mutual self-respect as these pauses for appropriate refreshments and "fortifications" no doubt imbued the convention delegates with the resolve and fortitude to bring their great task to its ultimate fruition, the serious shortcomings in the commitment of liberty for all Americans notwithstanding.
Meanwhile, in Paris, Thomas Jefferson, who probably knew more about wine than beer, wrote back to Madison about his reaction to the new Federal Constitution, which was to be submiited to the original 13 states for their ratification. There was much in the new plan that he liked, and some things that he did not like, Jefferson wrote to Madison in his letter of December 20, 1787, and that among these were "the absence of a bill of rights, to which the people of every nation are entitled and which no just government should rest on inference."
So it fell upon our defender of American beer-brewing aspirations, James Madison, a veritable Mozart of constitutional thinking, to usher through Congress in 1789 the first ten amendments to the Constitution known soon thereafter as the Bill of Rights. And Madison accomplished this in his new capacity as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from our northern neighboring Commonwealth of Virginia, which will send not one but two of its football teams--Virginia Tech University and the Unversity of Virginia--to Chapel Hill and Durham this weekend to engage in proper collegiate football with our own North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils.
James Madison was blessed with "a long and happy life" in the Reynolds Price tradition and lived until the summer of 1836 when some American pioneers in their new role as "Texicans" sought to establish Texas as an independent republic, quoting Madisonian and Jeffersonian constitutional principles all the way to the Brazos River.
So here's to James Madison, schooled at Gunston Hall, the future College of New Jersey and Princeton, and knowledgeable about the historic experiences of every Old World nation which had tried its hand at a veritable plethora of moderls of republican democracy, and in an intellectual appreciation of the unique promise of the American republic, saw fit to throw the considerable weight of his political acumen and savoir-faire behind the great cause of American beer, "from sea to shining sea."
David Proctor McKnight
Yeah for English mild!! Latest batch of homebrew was actually a mild, for just the reasons you stated. Nothing better than to have a rich flavorful session beer on a hot day!
here is a convincing list of arguments for people who still doubt beer cans aren't the way of the future for craft breweries; http://cabras.se/on-cans-and-beer
Thanks, Julie! You're a pretty fine bar companion yourself. Wish I could join you on Saturday; appreciate your spreading the word.
In terms of session beers, Top of the Hill currently has the Kenan Lager 4.2%, Hugh Morton Mango 4.1% and the Choo Choo Chocolate Stout 4.1%.
Of course, if you want a Strong Ale, the Singleton Ale just tied for second in the World Beer Championships in the Strong Ale category beating, among others, Rogue and Stone Breweries.
Pardon me, steelstringbrewery.com are Carrboro based.
A new brewery is coming to Raleigh called Fortnight Brewing fortnightbrewing.com. Two of the co--founders are English and the brewery will produce an English Session Ale of < 4% ABV. You can try a free sample of this session beer at Carrboro Beverage Company on session beer day, Saturday April 7th between 1-3 PM.
We will be joined by a new Durham Brewery in startup stage called Steel String Brewery http://steelstringbrewery.com/
Andrew certainly is crafty--at ruining his reputation. I didn't want to believe the multiple negative comments on Yelp, as the patio was so highly recommended. Unfortunately the drop off in the quality of my experience from the patio was was significant. Not only poor customer service from the waitstaff, but the owner far from apologized or corrected the problem.
This is a great piece that really does cut to the core of what home brewing is all about. If anyone is interested in learning more about home brewing or seeing what homebrewers right here in NC are up to, I encourage you to check out the new website http://www.NChomebrewing.com for more. That, and of course head over to Homebrew for Hunger!!!
- Chris (@NChomebrewing)
Bravo! And if you were queen I'd make sure to move to that country too, it would make a lot more sense then this one does ;-)
Great read and immensely informative. I have just moved to NC from Georgia, and almost refuse to use the ABC stores here. Price fixing, limited selections, are among the reasons I stock up while in other states and purchase liquor online where unfortunately for NC, they dont get to tax or pull profits from.
SGraff, Doesn't the article also state that the wine/beer portion in NC is done through a traditional non-gov't run 3-tier system? So it's not necessarily the ABC boards fault those beers aren't available here but the distributors/wholesalers
Does anyone have more info on groups/associations that are trying to abolish NC's ABC board? Maybe a facebook page should be started?
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