North Carolina is a well-known hub for craft beer lovers and Raleigh is one of the top spots for some of the tastiest brews around.
So here are the best breweries the City of Oaks has to offer
1. Lonerider Brewing Company-Lonerider Brewing Company started with ‘a beer and a dream’in 2009 and has been brewing ales for outlaws ever since. Lonerider was one of the first breweries in Raleigh and boasts an impressive portfolio of prestigious award-winning beers. At their western-themed Raleightaproom, you can comfortably hang out and sample some tasty classics like Sweet Josie Brown Ale, Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale, and Deadeye Jack Porter. You may even catch some of that outlaw spirit and try them all. And speaking of spirits, the company has launched its sister craft distillery, Lonerider Spirits, and released its debut, a sherry cask finished bourbon whiskey, in September 2018.
2. Raleigh Brewing Company-Formed in 2010 by Kristie Nystedt, Raleigh Brewing Company was the first female-owned brewery in North Carolina. Located on Neil Street in west Raleigh, their taproom is kid and dog friendly, so bring along the whole family, including the fur babies. Open seven days a week, they feature food trucks, live music and regular community events. They offer a truly southern brewing experience, with fun beer names like the Hell Yes Ma’am Belgian Golden Ale, and Dear ‘Ol Dixie. They also offer events such as Pints & Poses Yoga, when you can really find your zen.
3. Big BossBrewery-Back in 2006 UNC graduate Geoff Lamb and Brad Wynn, formerly of Victory, WildGoose and Native Brewing Company, joined up to form Big Boss Brewery with the intention of brewing ‘realbeer for real people.’ At the taproom, located on Wicker Drive,you can sample one of five year-round brews and six seasonal beers. Favorites include the Bad Penny Brown Ale, Hell’s Belle Belgian Blond, fall seasonal Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale, and Aces & Ates Coffee Stout. You can grab a pint for only $3 on Tuesdays, and enjoy a game of ping-pong, darts, pool or shuffleboard.
4. Brewery Bhavana-A chic downtown Raleigh hangout, Brewery Bhavana offers a unique experience, where you can get dim sum and then some-house-made brews! In addition, this beautiful, yet laid-backspace is also home toa bookstore and flower shop. So you can order tasty food, sip on a great pint, read a good book and stop to smell the roses–all under one roof. The Bhavana experience is one you won’t forget, and it even earned a spot on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2017.
5. Crank Arm Brewing-Right in the heart of the downtown Raleigh warehouse district, Crank Arm Brewing blends two passions –bikes and beer. Open since 2013, you’ll find a varied selection of beer styles, often made with locally-sourced ingredients. Their three flagships beers are always on tap, Rickshaw, White Wall Wheat, and Unicycle. It is of course popular with local cyclists who want to stop and whet their whistle after a bike ride. Crank Arm Brewing received a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.