Raleigh Brewing Co.: Good beers, great atmosphere

Raleigh Brewing signRaleigh Brewing Co. is one of the new kids to hit the Capital City in the last few months, and it really has a lot going for it – good beer, lots of indoor and outdoor space, and even a homebrew equipment store right inside the brewery.

The first time I visited on a Saturday night, there was a live band playing. At the other end of the room, kids were throwing darts and in between, patrons were enjoying beer at tables and at the bar. Outside, corn hole enthusiasts were tossing the bags in the night air.

Went back a few weeks ago for a late afternoon birthday party on the deck outside. A food truck provided tacos, and the birthday boy’s wife brought in pizza — very laid back.

The taproom is open daily, and there are some regular brewery events. There are tours at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and $4 will get you a logo glass, tour and tastings. Tuesday nights, the brewery releases an employee-brewed beer. Firkin Fridays feature some interesting beer twists, including a recent House of Clay IPA, seasoned with kumquats – a great beer for hops lovers — and the kumquats provided a citrusy twist.

Also enjoyed the Hidden Pipe Porter, described as “a treasure trove of aromatics and flavors, including cocoa, creamed coffee, espresso, molasses and a hint of blackberries.” Hell Yes Ma’am Belgium Golden has a great taste, but lightweights like me will have to drink this 9.2% ABV beer slowly.

Raleigh Brewing Co.
3709 Neil St.
Raleigh, NC

Dart boards are popular at Raleigh Brewing.

Dart boards are popular at Raleigh Brewing.

Party on the patio at Raleigh Brewing.

Party on the patio at Raleigh Brewing.

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