Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
White Street Brewing opened mid September 2012 to the eager beer drinking public of Wake Forest, who were willing to pack the bar even though bar stools and chairs were not yet in place on opening day. The brewery and taproom located in historic downtown Wake Forest reside in what used to be a Chevrolet car dealership in the 1930s. The building renovation featured dark wood accents and original exposed brick walls, setting off the gleaming tanks in what is a unique feature, an adjacent open brewing area. Customers may see sacks of grains stacked along the half wall partition and might even catch the head brewer checking the tanks, though the larger part of brewing is completed before hours.
In the past eighteen months, the brewery has become a community fixture and gathering space. Entertainment options at the brewery include darts, a weekly running club, live music and the chance to catch a game on the big screen TV. But the main attraction is the beer. White Street Brewing keeps at least three standards on tap year round, White Street Kolsch-style Ale, White Street Scottish Ale (my personal favorite) and White Street’s Hoptimist IPA. In the winter, look for the seasonal White Street Stout and in spring the Black Falls Black IPA. Though no food in served at the taproom, food trucks are frequently found outside. Like White Street Brewing’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to stay informed about event and visiting food trucks.
Brewery tours are available on the last Saturday of every month and offer the opportunity to learn about the history of the 90-year-old building and get a detailed tour of the brew house. The tour finishes up with a flight tasting narrated by the head brewer himself. Learn more about the tours (time frames and cost) on the website and reserve your spot on the next tour.