Big Boss Brewing

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1249-A Wicker Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27604
United States

(919) 834-0045 | map

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Ratings by bigkingken:
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
by bigkingken from North Carolina

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.

Original Review

You know, I wasn’t initially super impressed with this place, but after finishing some other pretty crappy reviews, I have to admit that Big Boss was more than up to snuff.

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.

Jan 19, 2014
More User Ratings:
4.18 by gabe71tx from Virginia on Jul 26, 2019
4.25 by Scottync from North Carolina on Aug 25, 2018
4.08 by OldSmaug from North Carolina on Jan 28, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Corn Hole Boards. Enough said.

Aug 10, 2017
4 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina on Jul 08, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
by NateDyk47 from Michigan

Airplane themed brewery, with what looks like the hulls of old military planes decorating the walls. I think the beers are all named after them as well. We only tried 2 beers; one was good and the other great. They had pool, ping pong, and other games in different rooms around the place.

Feb 14, 2016
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina

Great beer and friendly staff! Very cool environment and usually a local food truck on premises. Easy to lose track of time at this wonderful Carolina tap room ;)

Feb 08, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by ericjipa1 from North Carolina

A very tasty brown ale, great flavor, smooth all around, Made in NC!

Oct 15, 2015
3.92 by SFNC from North Carolina on Aug 18, 2015
3.57 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Jul 28, 2015
3.77 by Highbury09 from North Carolina on Jul 13, 2015
3.91 by vwbus7 from North Carolina on Jun 29, 2015
4.13 by HopintheSouth from North Carolina on May 02, 2015
3.53 by NCbeerfan138 from North Carolina on Apr 18, 2015
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
by Volsdawg10 from Mississippi

Was in town for work and went to the brewery on a Wednesday night. It was pretty dead but it was extremely cold and I wasn't expecting a lot of people to be out and about. Did the flight and then had a few pints. All of the beers ranged from decent to good. Nothing amazing but all pretty good quality. The brewery/taproom had a pretty cool layout.

Jan 28, 2015
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Ravaganza

Favorite local brewery for many years.

Jan 23, 2015
4.53 by Trevnug25 from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2015
3.75 by Renegawam from North Carolina on Nov 09, 2014
4.01 by RyanAU from North Carolina on Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
by Yetiman420 from Ohio

Stop #436 on my world brewery tour.

Monday early evening in October. Sat upstairs in the cozy/small tap room considering how big the building is from outside.

Had the Kolsch, 7% Belgian Blonde, Wit, and a pint of the very clean IPA.

Nice beers. Plan on going when it's nice so you can sit outside on the patio.

Oct 17, 2014
3.75 by Soto from North Carolina on Sep 23, 2014
4.25 by Sicem99 from North Carolina on Aug 11, 2014
3 by lured2fish from Ohio on Aug 09, 2014
3.5 by MalibuKenny from North Carolina on Aug 07, 2014
4.5 by andy1701 from Florida on Aug 05, 2014
3.75 by jak from North Carolina on Aug 01, 2014
3.75 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Jul 28, 2014
4.5 by metmorg from North Carolina on Jul 23, 2014
3.75 by dunix from Vermont on Jul 22, 2014
4 by BigGingDrinker from North Carolina on Apr 13, 2014
4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2014
4.5 by OldhouseRecs from North Carolina on Mar 01, 2014
4.75 by Packlifenc from North Carolina on Jan 08, 2014
4.5 by sleepyteacher from North Carolina on Jan 05, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by vgarneth from North Carolina

I have only been to this Brewery once a few years back; however, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. If you have never been there, then you could possibly miss it. The establishment has a unique feel with airplane parts, pictures of old airplanes and the ceiling surrounded with bottles and cans. A nice place to visit and enjoy a few!

Jan 04, 2014
4 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 09, 2013
3.5 by jessehd09 from North Carolina on Oct 15, 2013
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