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.
Lonerider Beer opened their doors in early 2009 and ever since have been practicing their motto to “effect change, don’t be an audience” through crafting award winning beers and brewing it forward in the North Carolina craft beer industry.
Located in an office and industrial park off north Glenwood Avenue (not far from local landmark The Angus Barn) the Lonerider brewery and “Hideout” have become a favorite hang out for many craft beer fans in the Triangle. On a recent Saturday visit, I found a food truck parked by the patio and a packed house inside enjoying a beer while waiting for a brewery tour to start. Just five years ago Lonerider was brewing just 700 barrels annually. In 2013 that output was nearly 20 times greater at 13,500 barrels. Lonerider has set sights on expanding distribution well beyond North Carolina borders in 2014. Yet they remain very committed to the local community, supporting local charity via their “Showdown Festival”, a live music event held in Raleigh’s Moore Square to benefit Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs and “Brew it Forward”, a chance for home brewers and beer geeks to create their own special brew in a professional facility.
Locally, you’ll find bottles of the Lonerider flagship beers on bottle shop shelves, in grocery store aisles and even in a few movie theaters. The last time I ordered a Shotgun Betty (my favorite hefeweizen) at the Carolina Theatre in Durham it even came with a “theme song” as performed by theater staff. Other flagship beers include Sweet Josie (an award winning brown ale) and Peacemaker (a West coast styled pale ale). Among the seasonal craft beers produced by Lonerider is the porter, Deadeye Jack (pictured above). If you like Porters put this date on your calendar – May 12. At 6 pm a special cask of Vanilla Deadeye Jack will be tapped at the Hideout (supply is limited to half pints, no growler fills). Of course, we’re in the midst of NC Beer Month and there are still beer events to enjoy, like a Lonerider and Aviator beer dinner at Solas in downtown Raleigh, Brewgaloo, a special keg release of Jalapeno Peacemaker, and one more beer dinner at The Oakz on Glenwood South.
You don’t have to be an outlaw to enjoy Lonerider Beer, but a sip or two of one of their craft beers might make you feel as though an outlaw life wouldn’t be so bad. 😉