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Spring is here in Greater Raleigh! How can you enjoy the warm spring and summer months? With an ice cold, N.C. craft beer, of course. Greater Raleigh Beer Month is going on and many Raleigh area breweries are brewing excellent beers perfect for a warm day. I encourage you to visit one of the 16 breweries and start tasting.

grbeermonthLocated in Fuquay-Varina, Aviator Brewing Company is brewing a beer perfect for the hot summer months. Aviator Brewing Company’s Madbeach American Wheat is spiced with sweet orange peel and brewed with half barley and half white wheat. Madbeach American Wheat is a good drinking beer that will certainly quench your thirst.

photoOne of my go-to N.C. beers during the spring and summer is Big Boss Brewing Company‘s Monkey Bizz-Ness. Big Boss Brewing Company has a great patio outside of the brewery, perfect for lounging around with a pint of beer in hand. Monkey Bizz-Ness is spiced to complement the fruit, yeast and malt notes present in this complex, rustic Belgian-style ale.

Located in Holly Springs, Bombshell Beer Company is brewing a crisp and champagne-like beer, Hey! Honey! Hefeweizen! Tones of bubble gum, banana and clove are present in the beer from the Weihenstephan yeast and sweet orange peel provides citrusy notes. This beer will please those looking for an easy-drinking style.

photo2If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors and warm weather, Boylan Bridge Brewpub is the perfect spot. Boylan Bridge Brewpub is popular among locals and visitors. Sit on the patio and enjoy a pint of the Endless Summer Ale as you admire the view of downtown Raleigh. The Endless Summer Ale balances biscuity malt and bright hop flavors with a strong yeast presence reminiscent of wheat beers.

10172707_10152299078299367_1865083646_nBrüeprint Brewing Company just opened its doors this Apr., in time for Beer Month! Take a trip out to Apex’s first brewery, unwind with your friends, eat from a food truck and enjoy a pint of the Pale Brüe Eyes, a crisp pale ale.

One of the oldest breweries in Greater Raleigh is Carolina Brewing Company. The brewery is located in Holly Springs and releases seasonal brews for both the spring and summer. The Carolina Spring Bock is brewed in the style of a German Maibock. Expect a smooth, fresh, malty taste and a slight alcohol warming sensation from this pale lager beer. The Carolina Summer Ale is a Kölsch and extra pale ale hybrid. This beer has a crisp flavor and doesn’t finish quite as sharp as a pale ale. The Carolina Summer Ale has a golden color, which will surely remind you of the hot Carolina sunshine this summer.

Crank Arm Brewing, located in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, just released its Rydeaway traditional saison that is 34 percent rye. Take a ride down to the brewery on your bicycle and enjoy a pint of this new, refreshing brew! You’ll enjoy the open-air taproom at Crank Arm Brewing as well as its outdoor patio.

Cary’s Fortnight Brewing Company is brewing its Blonde Ale that’s refreshing on a hot day. While this beer is light in color, it’s not lacking in flavor. The Blonde Ale is an easy drinking beer and has fruity and floral notes with a clean finish.

Deep in the Umstead Industrial Park, Gizmo Brew Works has concocted one of my favorite beers to enjoy on a warm, blue-sky day. Gizmo Brew Works’s Bee Keeper Honey Wheat reminds me of porch sitting and the sweet summertime. This N.C. beer exhibits the best characteristics to pair the with the summer season: honey sweetness, floral nose, fruity flavors, a hint of clove and a light body. Brewed with wildflower honey, Gizmo Brew Works’s summer seasonal is a nod to the beekeeping profession and one of its founders who is an amateur apiarist.

logo_beekeeperLonerider Brewing Company‘s Shotgun Betty is a classic. Shotgun Betty took home the silver award in the Carolina Championship of Beer. This German-style hefeweizen features a rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish.

shotgunbetty_beer-254x520Only a few miles down the road from Lonerider Brewing Company, you’ll find Lynnwood Brewing Concern. Blonde Moment is a Belgian blonde with hints of citrus. This beer has a light, sweet pilsner malt character, medium bitterness and a dry finish. Have a Blonde Moment and enjoy some delicious food at Lynnwood Grill, too!

Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing in the heart of Glenwood Ave. is serving up its Springfest Pilsner, a classic north German-style pilsner. This super-crisp, refreshing beer has a fairly complex hop profile and slightly sweet flavor. Hurry out to the taproom for a pint. The Springfest Pilsner is only available from Mar. until June.

photoLocated behind Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, Raleigh Brewing Company is creating a N.C. beer I could drink all spring and summer long, the Big Squeeze. Raleigh Brewing Company adds two pounds of blood orange peels into every batch for a refreshing blast of orange character. You can’t go wrong with a pint of the Big Squeeze.

Sub Noir Brewing Company is a small-batch brewery in Raleigh that focuses on creating unique, seasonal and experimental beer offerings. Paul’s Brewtique is a Belgian white ale named for Sub Noir Brewing Company’s favorite Raleigh beervangelist. This beer is crafted with blood orange zest, coriander, grains of paradise and lavender from Savory Spice Shop at Lafayette Village.

Located in downtown Raleigh, Trophy Brewing Company currently has The Loner on tap, which is a Berliner Weisse with peach and ginger. Feel free to pony up to the par or head outside with The Loner. This tart N.C. beer with hints of ginger and peach comes in at 3.4 percent, making it a perfect session brew.

If you’re in Wake Forest, visiting White Street Brewing Company should be on the top of your list. White Street Brewing Company’s Kölsch-style Ale recently won a gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup. This crisp and refreshing N.C. beer pours an old-gold with a fine, white head. A subtle fruitiness aroma extends to the palate with hints of pear and melon.

Shotgun Betty photo credit: Lonerider Brewing Company

How are you celebrating Greater Raleigh Beer Month? If you haven’t attended a beer dinner, make reservations for the upcoming Crank Arm Brewing dinner on Thurs., Apr. 17. Executive chef Chris Hylton of ORO Restaurant & Lounge has prepared a delicious menu paired with Crank Arm Brewing’s N.C. beers.

The first course for the beer dinner includes a shrimp quesadilla with jalapeño, cilantro and mango salsa. The dish will certainly pair well with Crank Arm Brewing’s Unicycle, a crisp American-style Pale Ale that is brewed differently each time with a featured hop.

If you are a sriracha lover, chef Chris’ second course is for you. He will prepare a sriracha crusted salmon with pickled red onion and grilled heirloom tomato. Crank Arm Brewing’s Reflector should balance out the spice of the dish. This beer is a medium-bodied Irish red ale. The Reflector’s low-hop profile allows this malt-forward ale to shine through with its caramel and roasty flavor.

The third course includes spiced chicken with a banana fritter and pineapple. The spice and fruit notes of the dish should pair well with Crank Arm Brewing’s Rickshaw Rye, an American-style rye IPA.

Finally, dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy a salted caramel brownie with pretzel crust, fudge, caramel and vanilla ice cream. One of my favorite Crank Arm Brewing N.C. beers is the Motivator, which will certainly be a sweet ending to the meal. The Motivator is a medium-bodied imperial oatmeal stout with locally sourced Videri Chocolate Factory cocoa nibs and Café de los Muertos dark roast coffee.

Don’t miss out on the Crank Arm Brewing N.C. beer dinner at ORO Restaurant & Lounge. Call 919.239.4010 to make reservations.


Aviator Brewing Company started brewing beer in an airplane hangar at Triple W Airport in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and opened its hangar doors in Nov. 2008

IMG_7580The brewery moved in Apr. 2010 to a larger, 23,000-square-foot building in Fuquay-Varina and added a hangar to the new building to create a bar. You’ll notice many model airplanes and pictures of airplanes throughout the brewery. The brewery bar hours are Thurs. and Fri., 5-9pm, Sat., 3-9pm, and Sun., noon-7pm.

IMG_7576While you’re visiting the brewery for a fresh N.C. beer, make sure you take a tour. The brewery recently started using grain from Farm Boy Farms in Pittsboro, N.C., to brew beer. Aviator Brewing Company will be featuring a new pale ale created with the local N.C. grain. Lucky for me, I was there for the brewery’s first grain shipment and got to meet the farmer!

IMG_7568While on a brewery tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the canning process. Aviator cans roughly 70 cans per minute, using their own canning line.

IMG_7569It was astounding to see the many cans Aviator Brewing Company goes through in the matter of just a few weeks!

IMG_7583Brewery tours are on Thurs. and Fri. at 6:30pm, and on Sat., 4-6:30pm (the last tour starts at 6:30pm). After your brewery tour, make sure to try a few of Aviator Brewing Company’s brews. There are many options like the Devil’s Tramping Ground Tripel, HogWild IPA, BlackMamba Oatmeal Stout and more!

IMG_7578Written by local Foodie, Kristen. Follow her foodie adventures on Twitter!

In honor of April’s N.C. Beer Month, Big Boss Brewing Company has released their new “Alpha Team” series. Beer lovers, rejoice!

According to Big Boss Brewing Company’s Dave Rogers, “While planning the 2014 line up of beers, the brewers at Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing Company wanted to keep traditions alive while moving forward with new concepts, ideas and brewing styles. Everyone agreed that a hop-forward series of beers was inevitable.” The Alpha Team consists of a hop-forward series of four beers, built around the popularity of Big Boss Brewing Company’s Black IPA, Night Knight.

The first beer of the series is the Centaur Saison, which is dry hopped with Mosaic. The French Saison yeast and hops work together to create a real citrus, grape-fruity presentation. The Centaur Saison is a hybrid beer named after a hybrid beast, and will be available in March and April.

The CentaurThe Night Knight Black IPA is dark in color, roasty in flavor and balanced with bittering hops, so you have the best of both worlds–malts and hops working together for the greater good! The Night Knight Black IPA will be available in April and May.

War Hawk APA is the third beer in the Alpha Team. Optimized for performance, War Hawk APA features generous additions of Cascade, Magnum and Amarillo goodness combined for an earthy-floral presentation. War Hawk APA will be available in June and July.

Lastly, the Local Girl Estate Hopped Ale is the most ambitious beer in the line-up, featuring hops grown on Big Boss Brewing Company’s property in Raleigh. Hand-picked Centennial, Cascade and Chinook whole-leaf hops will fill Big Boss Brewing Company’s hopback at the end of the year to create this very limited edition beer.

Head over to Big Boss Brewing Company to try one (or all four) of the Alpha Team brews!

Big Boss Brewing CompanyWritten by local Foodie, Kristen. Follow her foodie adventures on Twitter!

White Street Brewing Company is hosting a kickoff for N.C. Beer Month and Build the Guild event on Sat., Mar. 29, from noon-5pm. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now for the N.C. Brewers Collaborative event.

The event will feature barrel-aged and wild ales, including White Street Brewing Company’s first cork and cage bottle Koschei, the Deathless Imperial Stout. To go along with your pint of N.C. beer, the MacUrRoni and Red Hot & Blue food trucks will be on-site to serve up some delicious food.

Two discussion panels will take place during the event mediated by N.C. Brewers Guild executive director Margo Knight Metzger. The first panel begins at 1pm and will focus on “Barrel Aging Beers.” The second panel begins at 3pm and will include information on “What’s New in Brewing 2014.” The two panels are followed by a meet and greet with some of the best brewers in N.C.

whitestreetDaniel Hartis, author of “Beer Lover’s The Carolinas” will be on-site with copies of his new book, officially set to release Apr. 15. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the N.C. Brewers Guild. Tickets also include a special souvenir glass and an entry to win World Beer Festival Raleigh tickets to the Apr. 5, 2014. event hosted by All About Beer Magazine. 

beer loversPlus, stick around at White Street Brewing Company for an after party with a performance by alternative/acoustic rock/neo-acoustic electrivibe band, Red Sky Moon.

You don’t want to miss your chance to attend the N.C. Brewers Collaborative kickoff event at White Street Brewing Company. Purchase your tickets today!

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