Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
Exceptional
Barrel Culture Brewing and BlendingBarrel Culture Brewing and Blending
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

4913 S Alston Ave
Durham, North Carolina, 27713
United States

(919) 935-9172 | map

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None provided.

BEER STATS
Beers:
96
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
170
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.07/5
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
15
pDev:
21.38%
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 15
Photo of Sabtos
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is an amazingly beautiful little brewery taproom.

It might look small from the outside, but they do offer outside seating when it's warm enough, and there's a decent space inside as well. It's a clean modern sort of rustic contrasted by a super cool, futuristic whaleslayer tap wall. The bathroom is separated from the taproom with a short walk outside and up some stairs into what also serves as the production room.

Beer comes out of those beautiful tap handles at a quality that's second to none, with an amazing feel to all their wonderful beers. Then, of course, are the slushees. The taplist may be small, but everything is unique and it will keep the geek in you busy for a good couple hours.

Their beer releases also tend to hang on for a week or two at least, so you might be able to sneak out with a few relatively limited bottles as well.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Visited early, just before dinner time.

V - A spartan but nice tasting room with plenty of outside seating (it was a bit cold for me that day). 3.75

Q - I was not overwhelmed with the beers I tried. 3.75

Ser - Fine friendly service, but only one person behind the bar and no table service. 4.25

Sel - Just sours/wild ales and one NE IPA the two days I visited, but a few guest taps. 3.75

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a Saturday probably around 3 PM they had just had a bottle release place was packed. I was worried that we would not be able to get a seat but plenty of room. Inside outside deck picnic tables. Parking was a little rough parked next door. think they had 8 or 10 beers on draft including a few that were not theirs, lines moved quickly fast super friendly service.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Really awesome place. Tasting room has a really cool vibe. Bartender was awesome and knowledgeable and we chatted about beers for awhile. Beers were great and we happened upon a bottle release at opening which was cool for us. Overall, an excellent experience. Put Barrel Culture on your short-list.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Had to stop in here to check out the WhaleSlayer tap handles. The beers were interesting to say the least. I feel like they make a very simple sour beer and add boat loads of juice to them to get there to the flavor profile they're looking for. Anyhow, the place is rather nice inside. They seem to do a good amount of business too. The slushies are kind of trending right now so they're doing that sort of thing. The service was good and the beers were too. It's a neat place and worth checking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

While there is nothing that really stands out about the space in general - converted industrial building way off the beaten path in RTP. There are a handful of tables in a rather small interior with a decent sized bar and a couple of picnic tables outside. The decor is minimalist and has a lot of wood that mimics barrels. Music was playing at reasonable volume and conversation was comfortable. There were 2 TVs but one was off and the other was showing the Masters with the volume off. It had a comfortable feel to the place.

The service (both bartenders) were friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the beers (and beers in general). Good conversation.

When I visited they had 10 of their own beers and 2 guest taps available - the guest taps were an IPA and a Witbier. As you would expect, all of the Barrel Culture beers available were wild/sour ales - 2 Summer Jams, 7 Game Overs, and a Barrel-Aged Cosmo. 2 were hopped and all of the others were fruited - definitely in the Florida Weisse vein.

** Barrel Culture does not fill growlers but has some bottles available for sale some of the time (until they run out). When I visited they had two different bottles available (two different Game Over variants).

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

First time here. The seating is a bit light, and I van see this place packed. Service was top notch. 10 beers on tap when I was here, 4 of them guest taps.
Nice place to sit and enjoy a beer.

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Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The location is a bit out of the way but this place is definitely worth a stop. The interior is nice but nothing mind-blowing and a little antiseptic. The beer though, whoa. Delicious fruited goses and berliners and a nice variety on the guest taps. My favorite brewery in the Triangle right now. Pro tip: hit Kyoku Na'Mean around the corner for their banh mi before or after a visit. Trust me.

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Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending in Durham, NC
Brewery rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 170 ratings