Crank Arm Brewing

Crank Arm BrewingCrank Arm Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

319 W Davie St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1718
United States

(919) 291-0643 | map

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Added by wedge on 07-31-2013

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Vibe: bicycles. They had a decent selection of house brews, but not the most diverse variety. The beer was just ok, service was not great, even though the place was kind of dead. Maybe worth checking out if you are visiting the (excellent) chocolate factory next door, but otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Cool little joint in a neat area of Raleigh. There's some great shops, including a good bottle shop, within walking distance. You're sitting in the guts of the brewery at this place, which is often the case at breweries. Good beer and a fun place to hang out. Check 'em out when you're in the area. Cheers!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A neat little brewery in the hipster area of Raleigh, squarely between Poole Downtown Diner and Tasty Beverage. Crank Arm has the bike theme nailed. They even have funky-weird rickshaws for seating. Chic-industrial atmosphere all around, pretty busy on a weekend night.

9 beers on tap during my visit, including Belgian wheat, American Rye IPA (Rickshaw), Peloton Belgian IPA, Wee Heavy, Motivator Coffee Imperial Stout… good variety.

Beers are not mind-blowing but good for sure. Growlers, tasters, friendly folks… cool place.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of walkinginplace
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of RWLawman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Cool bicycle themed brewery. They had some games and were dog friendly, but pretty small so it got crowded quickly. Even so, bartender was very attentive and gave explanations when asked. The beet beer was a little weird, but everything else we tried was great. 12 or so beers on tap if I remember correctly. I'd definitely go again if I'm in town.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I Visited Crank Arm Brewing on 2/06/16. The taproom was set up nicely, with bar seating as well as quite a few tables. You had to order your beer at the bar, which seems pretty typical for taprooms. We had the 5 beer sampler. The beers were pretty good. I was not a fan of Beetaway, but I'm not really a fan of beets. I would recommend this place for anyone looking to have a couple beers on Raleigh.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.84/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Came here twice on a short trip to Raleigh. First to make sure we tried it, second because we needed a place to sit and grab a quick beer and there it was again.

I really have to give this place a ton of credit for the vibe and decor. I love the garage theme and the garage doors that open to a main drag in downtown. Perfect place to stop for a beer on an uncharacteristically cool August night. It's got a great noise level - not too loud but feels lively. It's clean (huge plus for a place with the brew tanks in the same open area as the serving bar).

Beers range from okay to really good. Nothing at all was bad, a couple were forgettable and a couple stood out. Only slight gripe was the service. The bar wasn't that busy but we watched other folks who bellied up after us get served before us. Maybe they're regulars so that's okay, I'll give a pass. I didn't like that we couldn't order a tasting of all 8 to share - only the first 5 were available in a flight and the bottom three you could have a small taste or a full pour. Maybe that's common but I'm not exactly used to that and felt like I could have been told "sorry no" a bit nicer.

I'd definitely stop here again if I was in town for longer, but if I had another short stop I'd try some of the other options nearby first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bcgeiman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of stevejjune
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dailyminefield
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of WS_Transplant
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh, NC
3.75 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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