Raleigh Brewing Company

Raleigh Brewing CompanyRaleigh Brewing Company
Raleigh Brewing CompanyRaleigh Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3709 Neil St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607-5415
United States

(919) 400-9086 | map

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Set in an old industrial building, plenty of room, totally dog friendly, overall a cool vibe.
Also, in the same building, Atlantic Brew Supply, for all your home brewing needs.
20 taps, six packs and growlers to go.
Food trucks.
A few restaurants within walking distance
Right off Interstate 440.
After a couple of beers I'm walking out with a home brewers book.
Well worth checking out.
Just did a Brewery tour 1/4/2020.
Very knowledgeable brewer who took the time to give us some great history, technology, and the way they do things at Raleigh Brewing. And, the tour is FREE!

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, Dec 22, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This was our first stop in our whirlwind tour of the Raleigh beer scene. This jawn is on the edge of town, by the colleges. Big open space, lots of dogs. I mean LOTS!

11 taps, with a bit of everything:

Belgian Golden, Rye IPA, Pils, Session IPA, Scottish Export Ale, Coffee Porter, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Test Batch #1 Imperial IPA, Wee Heavy… served in 8-12oz.

Food truck outside (as in every other brewery in Raleigh). Nothing barrel-aged or unique on tap (they did have a $17 BA imperial oatmeal bottle), but good stuff overall. Fun place.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Jan 28, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Dropped by the other day, was in town to see Run the Jewels, and really liked the space they're in. There's a good bit of room, indoor and out. Connected to a homebrew shop too, which - as a brewer - I found interesting. They just happened to have two years of their stellar BA Miller's Toll as well as rum & vanilla variants. Great stuff. Neat spot. Can't wait to get back. Cheers!

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Mantooth from North Carolina, Jan 23, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I really enjoy this place in town, and in my opinion one of the better breweries in Raleigh/Wake County area. They do a great job and it's simple. Having a brew shop next door isn't a bad thing either. Bring your dog, hang out, play darts, grab something from the food truck and either hang out inside or out. They do a great job - and focus on brewing great beer! Nothing else,

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HopintheSouth from North Carolina, May 07, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great homebrew shop and excellent brewery. Location is easy to find and shop is well stocked for the homebrewer. Of the beers I've tried, all were very good quality and worth a try.

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slusk from Virginia, Mar 20, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Can't get a flight, but cool environment, dog friendly, has lots of board games, darts, and other activities. Service was pretty quick even though it was busy. Beer we tried was good but not great (and served in plastic cups :( ), if I remember correctly they had 10-12 on tap. They don't have a kitchen but typically have a food truck outside.

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NateDyk47 from Michigan, Feb 14, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The place was really quiet on a Sunday afternoon (a real hot one) when I visited and the space was very large with multiple indoor and outdoor seating areas - though I have to say that it was dark and almost felt like an empty nightclub in the daytime. The folks that were there spanned all walks of life and were very friendly.

The beers were very enjoyable and well poured - proper glassware offered in multiple sizes at a proper temperature with proper amounts of head. Beers tasted very fresh.

The bartender was friendly and helpful though a little slow to serve (I was the only person waiting to order at the bar but I had to wait almost 10 minutes while she finished up a conversation with a friend/customer).

Nice range of styles for beers that made it easy to find something to enjoy.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Jun 28, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Stop #434 on my world brewery tour.

Stopped in around noon on a rainy Tuesday in October. Did some shopping at the attached homebrew supply shop (lots of hardware for frankenbrewers).

Ten house beers on tap. I had two flights for nine of the beers: Belgian Golden, Rye IPA, Czech Pilsner, English Pub Ale, Scottish Export, Porter/Coffee Porter, Oktoberfest (they were out), Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout. Also had Kombucha on draft - fermented green tea with ginger. It was spectacular and I'm on a mission now to make it.

All beers were great. I especially enjoyed the hop profile of the pale and the dried out Belgian. Got to chat a bit with the brewer as he ate lunch which added to the enjoyment.

On my three day beer tour of Raleigh, these guys and Crank Arm were the best in terms of variety and quality. Crank has a better atmosphere.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Attended this past weekend for the Blood, Sweat and Beer festival. While the WWE-style wrestling exhibition was entertaining, this review is more about the brewery itself.

The grounds and layout were great. A great series of spaces to enjoy beer- including a big open area with high and low-tops, a row of dart boards, and a section with couches to enjoy a brew lounge-style. The people were great. All around, a great venue.

The quality of beer was fantastic. Everything I tried was clean, with no perceptible defects. Overall, I found everything to be quite tasty.

Folks behind the bar were friendly (as you would expect from a craft brewery). Service was reasonably prompt, considering they had 200- 300 people there.

The selection here is limited due to the size of the operation, but both ales and lagers were available, and a good spread of styles to choose from.

OVERALL- I would definitely go back!

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jgasparine from Maryland, Jul 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice little hole in the wall although little is not how I would describe the size. It is a rather large space that is next to a homebrew shop. Interesting vibe b/c I guess they have events/parties at night - went during the day so none of that for me. Other perks are the board and arcade games as well as the allowing of dogs in there. I am not a huge fan of breweries only because they usually have a very limited selection and are notorious for small servings for big bucks. This is a great exception. They only have their offerings on tap (possible guest tap, can't remember) but there were at least eight and the flights are not only cheap but the regular servings are too. Plus, they seem to constantly add new beer or tweak existing ones so this isn't a place that has a static beer list like some breweries. Definitely a place to visit if you're an out-of-towner and if I lived in Raleigh I'd be a regular.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Apr 24, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great place. Seriously, this is a great stop if you are anywhere near the Triangle. Plenty of outdoor seating, which is great as the weather gets warmer. Once inside, there is a ton of open space with high-top table seating and a bar on the far wall. There is an additional room off of the bar for meetings/parties/etc. As you walk through, there are dart boards all over the place, there is a stash of board games and party games back in the lounge area past the bar, a couple of retro arcade games, a pool table, and back outside there is a cornhole game. There really is just about anything you could imagine to entertain while you quaff some great brews. The bar has 8-10 taps going at any given time, with some special releases on different nights of the week, as well as a rotating NC cider on-tap. Also, this place is dog friendly, which is a huge plus in my book. There are plenty of water dishes stashed around outside and indoors. The bartender was great while I was there, and I got to chat with the owner, Patrik, for a while and he was very friendly and chatty, too. This place just has a great all-around feel. There is a cooler for growlers to go, as well. Can't wait to get back to this place, and bring my dog next time, too!

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Photo of bigkingken
4.49/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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bigkingken from North Carolina, Jan 19, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I had no idea this place even existed prior to being chauffeured to its door - buried a block off of Hillsborough street out near the Waffle Haus.

A total dive in every sense - the interior makes you hopeful that the brewing process is a little more sanitary than the patron section. It's attached to a homebrew shop, which is pretty relevant if you're into that.

They had a good amount of beer on tap - maybe 12-15 and offer a variety of pour sizes. Samplers of the house of clay rye IPA and coffee porter were both surprisingly enjoyable.

My hunch is that we lucked out and ordered the 2 best beers - it would have been hard to stay for another.

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, Jan 01, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A great, local, relaxed and authentic brewery. It's more a part of the community than a business. John brings a great knowledge of the brewing and home brewing cultures to make it all possible. Along with his partners, they run a great place. I especially like the constantly changing offerings brewed by the employees and guests. I really enjoyed the jalapeño pilsner. And when you factor in the homebrew shop and food trucks, you can get everything you need under on roof. I look forward to their continued evolution.

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GJ40 from North Carolina, Sep 29, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great flights all made by the brewery. Pets allowed laid back. Has a supply store attached. All there beers were good. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. We left before food truck came but next time will wait for a snack. Home brew store has everything you need. In fact we brought one of there brews to brew at home worked perfectly.

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candc1 from Florida, Sep 06, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place has a great laid back atmosphere, good selction and it's within easy walking distance of my home. The night I was there the room had an interesting mix of people and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I tried a sampler and liked all the selections, especially the porter and the rye IPA. I'll certainly go back often.

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SFNC from North Carolina, May 24, 2013
Raleigh Brewing Company in Raleigh, NC
Brewery rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 565 ratings