Crank Arm Brewing

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Crank Arm BrewingCrank Arm Brewing
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
40 Beers
25 Reviews
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 11
Visits: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @crankarmbrew

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Place added by: wedge on 07-31-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 45
Reviews by GJ40:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The place had a much nicer space than the other breweries that opened around the same time - bright and clean inside with a bicycle theme (industrial design elements made from gears are present all over the place). Their were a lot of folks there on a Sunday afternoon when I visited spanning young (20ish) hipsters to older (50ish) groups. I saw a couple of families but I would not consider this space to be real family friendly.

Beers were really well poured into proper glassware - tulip/snifter, pint, and weizen glasses were all in use on my visit. Beers were poured at the proper temperature with a decent amount of head.

Bartenders were really friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the product. Were quite helpful at talking about the other places that have opened in the last couple of years in Raleigh beer scene and recommend some other places to visit.

They had eight beers on tap when I visited but the majority of the beers had a fairly hoppy profile - so they might not appeal to everyone. Interesting twists on some of the classic styles. (1,064 characters)

Photo of bcgeiman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Once you have stuffed your gullet with brisket at The Pit, it is very easy to waddle across the street for a few fine fresh pints at Crank Arm Brewing. A new entry to the Raleigh Beer Scene, Crank Arm, which has something to do with bicycle machinery is situated in an industrial structure that may have been a body shop. There is a large space with communal tables, some high-tops and a moderate sized bar. The brewing tanks are towards the back and on view to all. There is a popular patio in front where patrons, kids and dogs may enjoy the day.

During my visits - I made two - I counted 10 available beers and one cask. My favorites included their Rickshaw Rye IPA, an Irish Red Ale and the Flying Scotsman, a Scotch Ale.
A full pour runs about $5.50. There is no food or table service.
Definitely, a worthy stop! (818 characters)

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of stevejjune
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dailyminefield
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (748 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of MANix73
1/5  rDev -73.7%

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. (494 characters)

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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. (643 characters)

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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! (267 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Barhoppin13
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh, NC
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.