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.
When Plan A goes awry you regroup and develop Plan B. In the case of Raleigh Brewing, Plan B was certainly the winning choice. When initial plans for a collaboration with an existing business didn’t work out, Kristin and Patrick Nystedt didn’t give up and eventually found a home for their new brewery. Located in the hub of activity, near the state fairgrounds, PNC Arena, Meredith College and NCSU the brewery found an immediate fan base for their six core beers. Their dedication to the craft of brewing doesn’t stop at the tap. Adjacent to the brewery is a 3,300 square foot shop with all the supplies the aspiring brewer will need (as well as helpful staff) at sister company, Atlantic Brew Supply.
The brewery houses a 20 bbl brew system that’s put to work brewing 6 year-round beers and several seasonal beers. On a recent visit, I tried the Spring/Summer seasonal dubbed “The Big Squeeze”, an American Wheat Ale spiked with blood orange peel for that citrus punch so refreshing on a warm day. Visitors to Raleigh Brewing Co. will find all currently available beers in the large (and dog friendly) taproom lounge, along with dartboards, a few televisions along the walls (so you don’t miss out on any important game day action) and walls decorated with murals of familiar Raleigh scenery. Though no food is served in the taproom, there is a rotating selection of food trucks parked outside adjacent to the picnic patio (in case you feel like dining and drinking al fresco).
It’s not all beer and food trucks though. Raleigh Brewing is very much involved in the community and hosted the first ever (in NC) Brewer Olympics this past Saturday as part of NC Beer Month festivities (coincidentally Raleigh Brewing took first place). For those interested in behind the scenes action, tours of the facility are held twice monthly, on the first and third Saturday at 3 pm (tour cost is $5 per person). My recommendation? Make your way to the brewery at your earliest convenience and see why Raleigh so likes to #TaptheCapital.