A Visit to Deep River Brewing Company ~ Clayton, NC

Deep River Brewing Company ~ Clayton, NC

Deep River Brewing Company opened in Clayton back in April 2013 and is touted as Clayton’s first “legal brewery”. The brewery and taproom is the creative passion of husband and wife team Paul and Lynn Auclair. Together they have created what is quickly becoming one of my favorite local breweries. The brewery, located just off Main Street in downtown Clayton has a great tap room that is open Thursday through Sunday. It is a great place to relax, enjoy a pint, and grab some food from a gourmet food truck.

Deep River Brewing Co. Taproom

Deep River Brewing Co. Taproom

I took the scenic 30 minute drive from my home in North Raleigh down to Clayton earlier this summer to visit the brewery for the first time. Inside is a great open space with high ceilings and a cool rustic bar to perch at and enjoy your beer. There are also a few large picnic tables and old whisky barrels used as tables providing providing additional indoor seating.

The bar

The Bar

Deep River keeps a variety of their beers on tap ranging between $4-$5 a pint and they even offer other local beers on a guest tap (which I always think is great). On my last visit they had Fullsteam Brewery’s Summer Basil on featured on the guest tap. You can purchase a pint, try a sample flight, fill a growler, or buy one of their several canned beers to take home with you.

Pint of Deep River’s Riverbank Rye-it Pale Ale

I’ve been to the brewery twice now and have sampled their Twisted River Wit, Riverbank Rye-it Pale Ale, and the Double D’s Watermelon Lager. I enjoyed them all, but I think my favorite so far is the Rye-it Pale Ale. They also have several others beer offering ranging from a Black IPA to the 4042 Chocolate Stout. You can see a full list of their beers here.

 Outdoor Seating & Visit by Sol Tacos Food Truck

Outdoor Seating & Visit by Sol Tacos Food Truck

Another thing I lover about the setup at Deep River is the additional picnic table seating outside. The picture of the outdoor seating area above is from earlier this summer. A few weeks after I took it they installed a beautiful wood bar top along the rock wall the encloses the outdoor seating section. On the weekends you will typically find people playing corn hole, enjoying live music or grabbing lunch or dinner from one of the scheduled local food trucks. You can see the monthly food truck schedule here.

Deep River’s Watermelon Lager

I highly recommend paying a visit to Deep River, but if you don’t have a chance to go out to Clayton you can still find their beer for sale in several Triangle bars. Deep River has also started a canning line for several of their beers and they can now be found on the shelves of many of the local bottle shops, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Weaver Street Market stores.  The Deep River taproom is open Thursdays 5-9pm, Fridays 4-9pm, Saturdays 1-9pm, Sundays 1-6pm. Tours by request Thurs-Sat.

Deep River Brewing Company
700 W. Main Street – Suite 102, Clayton, NC (map)
website: http://deepriverbrewing.com
acebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeepRiverBrewing
twitter: @DeepRiverBruin

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First Bloom – Triangle Gardens!


After 7 weeks of hiding my potted sunflower plants from the deer each night I was finally rewarded with the first bloom today! The wet spring and mild summer has resulted in a vibrant landscape in the Triangle this season. If you would like to get out and see some of the area flora for yourself here my recommendations – all FREE:

  1. Sunflower field between mile 23 & 24 of the Neuse Greenway 
  2. Sarah P. Duke Gardens – Durham
  3. JC Raulston Arboretum – Raleigh 
  4. Raleigh Rose Garden

I can’t grow much in my yard because I don’t have a fence and my plants usually just end up as deer food. So I’m glad I have managed to grow this sunflower and claim a minor gardening victory! I’m also grateful for the public gardens we have access to here in the Triangle. No matter what you do this weekend I hope you are enjoying this great weather we are experiencing and spending as much time outside as possible. Happy exploring!


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TerraVita Food & Drink Event – Tickets on Sale Now!


Photo Courtesy of TerraVita

TerraVita Food & Drink Event is one of my favorite Triangle foodie events. It takes place this October 9-11 and is a foodie’s heaven highlighting local and sustainable food and beverages.  This year the event will host the North Carolina premiere of the second season of the award-winning PBS series A Chef’s Life, with Chef Vivian Howard – a longtime TerraVita supporter. Additional dinners, tasting events, educational classrooms, after parties, chef demos, and a special 3-day pass have also been added this year. Tickets for all festival events are on sale now on the TerraVita website at www.TerraVitaEvent.com

Event Details

For the first time TerraVita is offering a limited number of 3-day passes for $425 - The Whole Shebang - providing access to exclusive events. The pass includes admittance to three private, non-ticketed events and parties, including an intimate afternoon event at [ONE] restaurant in Chapel Hill with Chefs Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan and two additional North Carolina chefs – Vivian Howard from Chef and Farmer in Kinston and Scott Crawford o Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh. Also included is a hands-on bread baking class led by Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery and author of “A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker,” and a special TerraVita After Party at The Black House at Straw Valley in Durham with Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer and Chef Adam Rose.

The Southern Harvest Dinner on Thursday, October 9, will bring together chefs and producers from across the Southeast for an outdoor feast at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Chef Kevin Johnson from The Grocery in Charleston, SC, and Weathervane chef Spencer Carter will collaborate with Border Spring Farms’ Craig Rogers and his grass-fed lamb for a casual dinner paired with craft beers, sustainable wines and live music. The cost of each ticket will be $85.

Following the Southern Harvest Dinner, the North Carolina Season Premiere Party for A Chef’s Life on October 9 will bring together the directors, producers, staff and stars of the show to celebrate the kick-off of the second season of the PBS award-winning series with family, friends and ticketholders. We’ll toast A Chef’s Life’s recent Peabody award – the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize – and their nomination for a James Beard Foundation broadcast award.

“This will be my fifth year at TerraVita. It’s one of the rare food festivals that is about more than just having a good time,” said Vivian Howard. “I love the mission, the discussions, the people… and of course, the food.”

The Sustainable Classroom – a hallmark of TerraVita – introduces culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings, demonstrations and intensive panel discussions. Classroom sessions range in topic, but share a focus on sustainability and feature visionary producers, chefs, journalists and cookbook authors, including James Beard Foundation’s 2014 “Best Chef Southeast” winner Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh.  Participants may choose to attend up to three 1-hour and 15 minute classes, which take place Friday, October 10, from 9:30am until 2:30 pm; each ticket costs $60 and includes 3 classes.

The Carolina Table: East Meets West – TerraVita’s celebration of the rich culinary scene from NC’s coast to mountains – takes place Friday evening with a family-style seated dinner prepared by some of the most exciting talent in the region today. Chef Scott Crawford of the soon-to-open Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh, Ben Adams of Piedmont in Durham, Matthew Dawes of The Bull and Beggar in Asheville are just a few of the chefs who will collaborate on a farm-to-table dinner, featuring the finest farms and artisanal producers in the state. Guests will dine with local food artisans whose cheeses, meats, artisan breads, brews and spirits will be highlighted in each dish. The cost per ticket is $100.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the community and beyond,” said Minton. “The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, Southern Season, the NC Department of Agriculture’s Got To Be NC program, Mitre, and The Local Palate have supported the event in multiple ways and continue to encourage more growth and visibility each year to showcase the best our region has to offer.”

TerraVita culminates on Saturday, October 11 with the Grand Tasting on the Green, this year featuring live chef demonstrations for the first time, alongside tastings from 45 exceptional chefs & artisans from across North Carolina. Additionally, more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe will be served, including organic coffee, biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines, local microbrews and distilleries. Guests also will enjoy cookbook signings and intimate interaction with chefs, artisans and beverage producers from across the state. The all-inclusive ticket is $75; designated driver tickets are available for $60.

As in years past, TerraVita has set the additional goal of producing a zero waste event by employing the intensive use of compostable and recyclable goods and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event, made possible by a partnership with Orange County Solid Waste Management and Brooks Contractors, a commercial composting company located in Chatham County.

For more information please visit www.TerraVitaEvent.com or email info@TerraVitaEvent.com. For updates, follow @TerraVitaFoodie on Twitter and Instagram.

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North Raleigh Gets A Cheese Shop!

Six Forks Cheese

Six Forks Cheese Shop ~ Lafayette Village

I made a quick visit to Lafayette Village last night to check on the progress of Six Forks Cheese. This is a new cheese shop opening up in North Raleigh that will offer a host of fresh gourmet cheeses with a focus on American and European cheese and a special selection of local small-batch and NC farmstead cheeses (Chapel Hill Creamery, Goat Lady Dairy, Looking Glass, Spinning Spider, Cultured Cow and more). The shop will also feature a full line of unique meats, relishes, accoutrements and charcuterie.

When I stopped by I was happy to see a sign on the door announcing they plan to open this Friday July 18th! I’m looking forward to checking out this locally owned and operated cheese shop and plan to return once they open and share additional pictures. In the meantime check out their facebook page here.

Six Forks Cheese – Lafayette Village
8490 Honeycutt Road Suite 102 – Raleigh, NC
website: http://www.sixforkscheese.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SixForksCheese

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Sir Walter Miler – Friday August 1st!


Sir Walter Miler ~ Friday August 1st

The inaugural Sir Walter Miler will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Meredith College Track. The event will start at 9pm. The event is building on the success of the 2013 “Sandman Mile” event that saw former multiple time NC High School State Champion and NCAA All American, Sandy Roberts, take aim at the 4 minute mile barrier.

Kicking off the night off is the Great Outdoor Provision Co. “Raleigh’s Finest” Mile, where many local celebrities will compete in an exciting, handicapped/head start race. Leading the field is former Mayor Charles Meeker. Meeker competed in 20 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 10 times. He has a personal best marathon time of 2:43:36.

Next up is the Capital RunWalk “Women’s Sub 4.5 Challenge,” where top female runners will take a crack at the 4:30 barrier. The talented field of women will be announced over the coming weeks at SirWalterMiler.com, and through the events official FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts.

The races conclude with the Capital RunWalk “Men’s Sub 4 Challenge,” where the field will be set up for a sub 4:00 attempt. Sandy Roberts will look to improve on his personal best time of 4:01.24. He’ll be joined by a great field, that we’ll announce one by one over the coming weeks. The first challenger we’re excited to announce is last year’s surprise 4th place finished at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Matt Elliott. Elliot was recently dubbed the “Fastest Kindergarten Teacher in America” and was on the cover of the June 2014 issue ofRunning Times. The event will also be an official “Bring Back the Mile” Featured Event.

The event will have a few more exciting components that will engage the running and non-running community alike. First off, on Thursday night, July 31st, there will be a special “Eat with the Pros” dinner at the Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh. Food will be prepared by Chef Dave Mitchell and beverages will be served by Busy Bee owners Chris Powers and David Lockwood. This will give fans a chance to rub elbows with some top notch runners. More details are on the Kickstarter campaign page, which can be found at http://SirKickstarter.com

The Kickstarter campaign will help fill out the fields for the free to the public event and will help cover associated costs and expenses. In terms of Kickstarter rewards; in addition to the Busy Bee dinner, the Sir Walter Miler will offer a one month coaching plan and consultation from University of North Carolina assistant coach, Logan Roberts. This plan will include complimentary entree to the Magnificent Mile in downtown Raleigh on September 14, 2014. There is also an opportunity to fire the starters pistol at one of the races, as well as a coffee mug with Oak City Coffee Roasters Coffee, a pint glass, an event tank top, and a Brooks Technical running shirt.

On the day of the race, there will be a pre and post-race party at Raleigh Brewing Company (across the street from Meredith College). Starting at 7pm that night, there will be live music, giveaways, and multiple food trucks.

If you’re over 21 years old, we’ll have an exciting event at RBC called the “Sub 4 ABV Challenge” where Raleigh Brewing, Trophy Brewing, Fullsteam Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Mystery Brewing, and Natty Greene’s Brewing will be providing a keg of their best low alcohol beer!

The action continues Saturday morning with 2012 USATF Cross Country Champion, Bobby Mack, leading the pros from the night before, and anyone else who wants to come on a trail run at Umstead Park. The event will start at 7:30am at the Harrison Road entrance (exit 287 off of I-40). It is free to attend.

Sir Walter Miler – Friday August 1st
Meredith College Track – Raleigh, NC
Pre-Party w/ Food Trucks & Music 7:30pm
Races at 9pm

For more information about the event or sponsorship, email sirwalterrunning@gmail.com or contact Pat Price at 919-260-8013.

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