Raleigh Brewing Company
3709 Neil St
Raleigh, North Carolina
Visited on June 8, 2013
The second stop on my birthday celebration Raleigh brewpub crawl (back in June) was pretty impressive. Raleigh Brewing Company is likely the youngest brewpub in the area, having just opened three months ago (according to the bartender). And for how young the brewery is, I was very pleased by how good their beer was, and also how great the service is.
The location isn’t much to look at; it seems like it functions as a brewery and homebrew store more than a cozy location to knock back some drinks. The interior is a large, cavernous room with a bar, high tops, and stools scattered throughout. They could really use some arcade games, a pool table, or an air hockey table to go along with the row of dart boards. They certainly have the space. And judging by the crowd and the quality of the brews, the clientele as well.
The beers were impressive. There were nine varieties on tap when I visited, not including the cask variation of one conditioned with basil, and a bartender’s creation. So I guess that brings the total up to 11.
Heh, turn it up to 11.
After going through samples of each, I landed on an imperial lager that was sweet, malty, and maintained a trueness to the taste of a traditional German pilsner. Also of note was the Scottish Ale (strong caramel flavor) and the Hell yes Ma’am Belgian golden (a wonderfully refreshing yet spicy and strong offering). I could have easily spent the entire day drinking pints of each and every tap.
An interesting point is that all of the bartenders also brew. They take turns making creations on a small test system in the back and then sell it to the patrons that week. Not only does this let the company experiment with new styles, it makes the bartenders extremely knowledgeable not just about brewing beer in general, but about how their standard beers are brewed. I’ve never heard of this before but think it’s extremely smart.
I see a very bright future in store for these folks.
Total: 75 (of 80)