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Crank Arm Brewing

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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
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Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

319 W Davie St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1718
United States
phone: (919) 291-0643

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Photo of dailyminefield
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Finally got in to visit Crank Arm. This is a pretty sweet little spot near downtown Raleigh. Long, narrow building, with all the brewery equipment in the back. From the entrance, the bar is on your left, with tabled seating on the right. The bar is a reversed J-shape, with plenty of seating. Pretty cool moving bike art on the walls to the right, and a few televisions over the bar to the left. The bartender was awesome. Very friendly and very knowledgeable. There were 10 beers on tap, and beer is available to go in growlers. They have the traditional glass, as well as some insulated thermal growlers for a little bit more. Plenty of swag available, too. This is a good place to stop if you find yourself in the triangle for some beer tourism.

Photo of WS_Transplant
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MANix73
1/5  rDev -74.1%

My first visit was the worst experience. My wife & I sat at the bar & waited 10 minutes to be greater. After the bartender overlooked us a second time, for a child ordering a Coke no less, I lost it. He did buy me a beer, but the damage was done. Several months later I gave them a second chance. The service was better, but the beer is overrated. I'd recommend going to Natty Greene's, Boylan Bridge, Raleigh Brewing Company, Brewmasters, Tyler's Taproom, Tasty Beverage, Big Boss or Sub Noir.

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stop #435 on my world brewery tour.

Stopped in early on a Monday. Big, open space with a cycling vibe. Exposed brewery in back. Nice looking chocolate shop next door in the warehouse district.

Eight beers on tap. I had two flights. Belgian Wit with Citra, Single Hop Pale Ale (Wakatu), Rye IPA, Hefe, ESB, Mole Porter w/ Habenero & Chocolate, Lemongrass Ginger Saison, and Pumpkin Porter.

All beers were very good. I especially liked the mole porter - exceptional balance. Pumpkin porter could have used a bit more pumpkin.

On my 3 day beer tour or Raleigh, Crank arm and Raleigh Brewing came out on top. Crank has a better atmosphere.

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Fantastic vibe with excellent service. Focus is Belgium inspired beers. Very knowledgable and happy to answer questions. One feels at home when they enter the place. Place is decorated beautifully with bike parts. Pleasure to have had this place suggested to me!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Not a bad place to visit if you're an out-of-towner but not a place I would frequent. Nothing bad with this brewery at all, mind you, it has about nine or ten beers although it's all their own selection and I think one guest tap (their beers range from awful to great so it's hit or miss), dog friendly, bartender was nice, so nothing bad. Just not a varied selection, a big, spacey area with not much going on (no food/kitchen) and the bartender, at least on night I was there, had his buddies on one side so my wife and I got respectable service.

Photo of zigzag8336
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of bigkingken
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Crank Arm might be the best all-around brewery in Raleigh, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been to all of them now. It’d be a close call between them, Raleigh Brewing, Lonerider, and Big Boss, but given the details the edge might go to Crank Arm.

I love the space. It’s big and bold, has excellent lighting, and I love the decorations made out of old bicycle parts. Whoever took the time to put together the giant wall murals of bicycle wheels that all turn together with the single crank of a pedal mounted to the wall deserves a medal. It somehow manages to combine modern, chic, cozy, hipster, and retro all in one space.

Plus, the beer is pretty damn good. I tried a sampler with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed each offering. They have a nice range of beers from classic, lighter styles to higher gravity experimental versions, like stouts with cocoa nibs and chili peppers. I liked the IPA enough to take home a growler of it, and that’s saying something.

The bartenders were pleasant and laid back, plus they really knew their schtick about beer. All in all, Crank Arm sets the bar for Raleigh breweries, at least downtown if not the entire city.

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Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh, NC
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.