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First Time In NC: What should I look for on the Beer front?

Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by soze47, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. soze47

    soze47 Savant (380) Massachusetts May 22, 2010

    I'll be heading down for a wedding at the end of April. I'll only be there for four days, flying into Raleigh (probably sticking around for at least one day and night to see other friends) before driving over to Winston Salem for the wedding.

    What are some good bar spots to look for in both cities? Is there any cheap hotel rooms near these spots in either city? How about bottle shops? I'll probably skip brewery tours this time around unless there is one in between Raleigh and WS that I can stop off at along the way.

    If I check a bag, are there any breweries to be on the look out for or special releases? I know I'll be looking for Foothills (Sexual Chocolate if it is around) and Duck Rabbit, but would love some other local/regional selections that don't make it up to New England. I like all styles, but lean towards IPAs, Saisons, Sours, and Imperial Stouts.

    Thanks in advanced for any help. I don't have a ton of details on where most of our friends group is staying for the actual wedding in WS, so I'd love to suggest a place that might be fun for our crew.
  2. jsanford

    jsanford Savant (440) Georgia Feb 20, 2010

    Grab anything from Duck-Rabbit, Highland, Pisgah, Foothills, and Olde Hickory!
  3. Go to foothills in WS and get Jade and seeing double and they have great food. Go to Bestway in Greensboro and Sam's in Durham. Those are your big stores. Also City Beverage in WS but they run expensive.
  4. danoeltico basically hit all the 'close' hotspots in the Eastern portion of the state. If you were over here on the Western portion (i.e. Asheville) I could meet up for a brew or two.

    Edit: Fixed my post... Geography > me.
  5. The end of April may be a little early but it's possible that Duck Rabbit's Rabbid Duck will be out (might be May though).
  6. brstls4drmrs

    brstls4drmrs Advocate (570) North Carolina Jan 30, 2011 Verified

    if you're going to stay in Raleigh I recommend the Clarion downtown. Priced relatively well, a good clean hotel and well-located. You may find SexCho on tap in some restaurants but you won't have any luck with a bottle at this point. The release was a month ago. Foothills does have their Hoppyum, Peoples Porter and Torch Pilsner now in bombers. Those should be simple to obtain. As well as Duck Rabbit brews. Hopefully DR Rabid Duck will be out when you're here as mentioned above.
  7. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    Is this geography backwards, or am I extremely confused?

    Sam's is super awesome. Bring a DD since they have a few good taps, typically. They had Espresso Oak Aged Yeti last week, but I couldn't indulge since 16oz of that leaves me in no shape to drive home.
  8. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    Also, Milltown in Carrboro has a really nice selection. I had Abt 12 and Sexual Chocolate on tap there a couple of weeks ago, and I know they get a ton of Founders stuff. I'd be surprised if KBS is still around then, but you never know.
  9. LOL! I effed that up... Reverse it and you are right. Haha Fixed it due to my own stupidity.
  10. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    I'm not very good with directions, so I never trust myself. Hahaha
  11. ewright

    ewright Savant (450) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    KBS will be here and gone in a day, if recent history is any indicator. Hopslam doesn't seem to last more than a couple hours, and that shows up several times during the winter. Founders CBS and Better Half were also one-and-done. We have FAR more beer geeks than Founders bottles to go around, particularly in the RDU area (can't vouch for Charlotte, but I know a fair number of Queen City BAs on here).
  12. soze47

    soze47 Savant (380) Massachusetts May 22, 2010

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm really looking forward to my first trip to NC. We do get Founders up in Mass, so I'll be doing my own beer hunting for those labels up here. However, we do not get Bell's, so I'm pumped that I can get a little Two Hearted and will keep my fingers crossed that someplace may have Hopslam on tap.

    Rabid Rabbit sounds great. Hopefully it will be out by the time I get there. If not, I'll be sure to work off the list of NC brewers you all suggested. Thanks again.
  13. trust me, Founders special releases are one and done in Charlotte as well. :)
  14. If you want to make a little side trip to get away for a little bit from Winston, you can make the very pretty and quick drive up to see me in the mountains, I can probably fill most of your wants, In fact I'm pretty sure that I can fill your checked bag, Especially in the Bell's and Foothills department, among many others!! Just let me know, I'm always glad to help!

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  15. Woodrow

    Woodrow Savant (315) North Carolina Jun 17, 2007 Verified

    If you do make it to downtown Raleigh come say hi at the Busy Bee. Ask for Woody or Chris and we'll be happy to show you around, trade a bottle, put something aside for you, etc. Let me know!
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  16. ewright

    ewright Savant (450) North Carolina Oct 25, 2007

    Oh, I figured as much ... just wasn't going to speak for you guys!
  17. jh1976

    jh1976 Aficionado (180) North Carolina Jun 20, 2010 Verified

    You should definitely check Chris out. I live over an hour away, and although I don't make it up that way much, he has taken care of me everytime. Peabody's is an awesome store!
  18. nas4atu

    nas4atu Savant (350) North Carolina Dec 3, 2011 Verified

    Definitely second the notion to go to Peabody's. Just went up there a few weeks ago for the first time and they treated me like I've been shopping there for years. Extremely helpful and passionate about beer. They carry just about anything you can imagine! Check them out!
  19. soze47

    soze47 Savant (380) Massachusetts May 22, 2010

    Hey All,

    Thought I'd bump this in the interest of hearing about anything new that is happening and to clarify me plans. Sounds like I'll be staying in Durham on night 1 (Wednesday, April 25), then moving onto Winston Salem for the next few nights. Can't wait for the trip. I had some Olde Rabbits Foot at a tasting a month ago and was in love. I know I won't be happening on that brew, but my God was that tasty.

    Thanks for all the responses so far.

  20. Beerness

    Beerness Savant (285) North Carolina Mar 3, 2010 Verified

    I'll ...third...the awesomeness of Chris and Peabody's!
  21. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    Are you looking for a bar/restaurant, too? Tyler's in Durham has a great selection, although I think the food is awful (at least at the Carrboro one).

    I have my final final exam that day; not sure what your schedule is or what mine may be, but I may be up for a bottle share or something.
  22. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    And you'll likely be within a few minutes of Sam's, so you should definitely hit that up.
  23. soze47

    soze47 Savant (380) Massachusetts May 22, 2010

    Not sure I'll have time for a bottle share. I'm visiting some friends (one who is really active in the Durham home brew scene) so I'll ask him about the spots mentioned on here. I loved the Best NC Brewery Thread in the beer talk section right now too. Giving me lots of things to ponder. I hope to make it up to Boone and Peabody's on Saturday, but I may be busy with the wedding stuff.

    What seasonals from NC Breweries should I look out for? Thanks again for all the pre-trip Southern hospitality.
  24. There was still Rabid Duck on the shelves at Tasty in Raleigh the other day, I believe. If you see that, definitely grab some. Also, Olde Hickory Imperial Stout is out.
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  25. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    I saw a Duck Rabbit Barleywine single on the shelf at Total Wine in Durham the other day; almost grabbed it myself.