Big Boss Brewing Company
1249 Wicker Dr
Raleigh, North Carolina
Visited on December 27, 2011
Raleigh, it seems, has a pretty decent beer scene despite it getting a late start on the movement. I visited Big Boss with my fiancé and her sister about a year ago, and was pretty happy with the spot. They don’t serve food, but it’s a pretty cool location with several different rooms, cozy furniture, wood everywhere, and some bar games to keep one occupied. Even their lighter beers – heffe, wheat, etc. – are pretty tasty. But I recommend the Bad Penny.
On the outskirts of the capital city of North Carolina, Big Boss sits in an industrial park in a facility big enough to house their large operation. They’re not all that interested in food or in running a restaurant, but that’s okay because they run a really cool bar. The tap room is charming, with really well-done Big Boss posters and memorabilia. Whoever their graphic designer is does a very good job. There’s a tiny bar in one room with a lot of space to spread out. Different rooms house a couple of dart boards, a couple of pool tables, and a short shuffle board table along with some tables, chairs, and sofas. It has a very nice, relaxed, laid back atmosphere for regular Joe’s, and I dug that about it.
They don’t really have any food to speak of, so moving on…
Their beer really is quite good. When I went, they had seven varieties available, including their five standards. They run that gamut from light to dark, featuring Hell’s Belle (Belgian), Bad Penny (brown), Angry Angel (kolsch), Blanco Diablo (wit), and High Roller (IPA). Of these, the kolsch and wit are surprisingly delicious, especially seeing as how I don’t usually gravitate towards those styles. And yet, here I did. Of course, I would have drank gallons of their Aces & Ates, their seasonal coffee stout, but it was 8% and I didn’t want to get hammered.
There’s not really any service to speak of, since there are no waiters and only one or two bartenders. But they are nice and friendly and happy to answer questions. Hey, a knowledgeable staff that knows that they’re selling. Imagine that.
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