Carolina Brewery: Great place after the game

Chapel Hill brewery is Triangle’s oldest

beers from carolina brewery

Sampler from Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill

Regular ACC baseball season is over now, but the next time you’re leaving a college / alcohol-free sporting event and need a quick brew fix, turn to the trusty iPhone app BreweryMap and seek out the closest local brewery. I did this one recent night, leaving Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, after watching the Tarheels take down Virgina Tech.

Top ‘O the Hill is always a good choice, but I decided to try Carolina Brewery on Franklin Street. It popped up in the BreweryMap, and I had never been there, even though it’s the Triangle’s oldest having opened in 1995. And how do you go to a “new-to-you” brewery and choose only one brew? It’s like going to Baskin Robbins and choosing vanilla.

So Kyle and I shared a seven-beer sampler, so we could try all the Carolina Brewery beers on tap that night. Always fond of the darker beers, our favorites were Copperline Amber, Downtown Trolley Brown and Genuine Oatmeal Porter. (Not surprised to learn that the brown and porter are among Carolina Brewery’s award-winning beers.) Of the “hoppier” selections, I liked Firecracker Pale Ale the best.

Look for Bullpen Pale Ale at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park! There is also a Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro, for when you’re traveling south.

June 21 update! Carolina Brewery has just announced that it will more than double its brewing capacity in Pittsboro. Read more from


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