Raleigh is a great place to crack a few ( or a few dozen Brandon) cold ones and just relax after a great day in the greatest city in the world! The cool evening breeze after a warm day and chirping crickets set the scene, but what makes this even better is a cold one from one of the excellant local Raleigh Breweries.
Here are three of our favorite local Raleigh Breweries:
Boylan Bridge - The Boylan Bridge Brewpub has a bright and open atmosphere conducive to conversation, business, and social interaction. The architectural millwork and cabinetwork built downstairs in the shop has made the Bridge a beautiful, durable facility using fine woods, ceramic tile, and canvas covered tackboard on the walls. Our favorite is the GANTLET GOLDEN ALE, an American golden has a light body and a strong hop presence. Strong bittering hops give way to citric and piney notes with a quick, clean finish. 6%ABV so go easy!
Big Boss – Not to be confused with the classic Bruce Lee film, although after a few you could be excused, Big Boss Brewing Company was started in 2006 and shipped it first beer in the 2nd quarter of 2007 in the triangle area of North Carolina. It was formed as collaboration between Geoff Lamb, a UNC graduate, who returned to North Carolina in 2006 to join forces with Brewmaster, Brad Wynn, who has 12+ years of brewing experience including several years with Victory, Wild Goose and Native Brewing Company. Darts. Ping-Pong. Pool. A bench seat from a ’73 Plymouth Duster. And beers on tap straight from the brewery. It’s all there at the Big Boss Taproom.
Our favorite Big Boss brew was the HIGH ROLLER AMERICAN-STYLE IPA, which is brewed with whole Northwest hops and balanced with pale and caramel malts. We add hops to this beer three times to build a deep, complex hop profile. This is our example of a unique American twist on a British classic.