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White Street Brewing Co. Taproom in Wake Forest Opens Sept. 15th


Beer lovers take note. A new North Carolina Brewery is opening up in downtown Wake Forest this weekend! I plan to visit the brewery soon and will share my pics with you here on my blog in a future post.  In the meantime check out the official press release below for all the details about this latest addition to the local beer scene.

White Street Brewing Co., Wake Forest’s first brewery and North Carolina’s 70th, welcomes the public to the opening of its taproom on Saturday, September 15, noon – midnight. The 4,000-square-foot beer manufacturing facility, located at 218 South White Street, will produce 1,200 barrels (Bbl) of craft beer annually with capacity for up to 4,000 Bbl/year.

Initial offerings will be White Street Brewing Co. Pale Ale, Scottish Ale, Black IPA and Kolsch served in flights, pints and growlers. Ales and lagers will be added by season and at the discretion and creativity of the head brewer. The craft beer will be self-distributed by the brewery and sold in bars, restaurants and other establishments in addition to what’s served in the on-site taproom.

“White Street Brewing Co. is thrilled to be part of the vibrancy of our historic downtown and the craft beer renaissance,” says Dino Radosta, owner of the new brewery with his wife, Tina. “The unique setting of the beer factory combined with the taproom is a first for Wake Forest. We invite beer enthusiasts and others to visit us as well as request White Street Brewing Co. beer at their favorite establishments,” he adds.

The microbrewery is in a building that was originally a 1930’s automobile dealership. Throughout the years, it was many things, including a furniture store, repair shop and vintage car sales showroom. Radosta, who owns three buildings in downtown Wake Forest, began renovations for the brewery in January 2012 and received the certificate of occupancy in July. Brewing commenced and was perfected in preparation for the Sept. 15 opening.

The beer manufacturing equipment is in full view of the taproom for an overall open space that features original brick walls and an exposed ceiling. The 36-foot-long, wrap-around bar is made of hand-stained red oak. Dart boards occupy a nearby wall for one of the many activities and events that will take place at the brewery. Sodas and snacks will be available and food can be brought in or ordered from nearby restaurants. The brewery does not have a full kitchen for food service.

White Street Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Chris Bivins recently moved to Wake Forest from Atlanta, where he worked as a brewer at a local pub and homebrewed while he earned a finance degree from Auburn University.

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Luchadoras 3 – Lady “Lucha Libre” Wrestling Returns to Motorco Music Hall in Durham ~ February 25th!

This Saturday lady wrestling in “lucha libre” fashion returns to the Motorco Music Hall in Durham. The previous two events have been sell outs so get there early to get your tickets. This is a family friendly event. Check out the video at the bottom of this post for scenes from Lucharodas II back in January.

From the Motorco Website:

  • Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Show Starts: 12:30 pm
  • Cost:$5.00
  • With: Las Jarrochitas Taco Truck & bikeCoffee

LUCHADORAS have taken a firm stranglehold on the Triangle, selling out consecutive shows with a dizzying display of tactical wrestling and acrobatics. The growing buzz and widespread fanfare are evident each time the expanding team of masked female wrestlers take the ring.

Each Luchadora has committed to further researching the history of lucha libre to ensure a proper tribute is issued each time they put on their mask. “LUCHADORAS 3” is sure to be another installment of memorable excitement as Motorco Music Hall welcomes veteran and incumbent Luchadoras. The exuberant Mexican wrestling spectacular that marries astonishing acrobatics and exhilarating aerial maneuvers with flamboyant masked characters and outlandish story lines will be on display, Saturday, February 25th at noon.

In Mexico, lucha libre (free wrestling) rivals soccer in attendance, and boasts a 75-year history of imaginative, family-friendly entertainment. The tradition of wearing masks dates back to the Aztecs and the designs are meant to evoke the power of animals, gods and other ancient heroes. The “luchador” or wrestler takes on that identity and the mask is so sacred that to wager and lose one’s mask in a battle is considered a disgrace.

Like the first two events, LUCHADORAS 3 will bring the well-loved Mexican tradition to Durham with a slight twist – only female wrestlers will be permitted to compete. The 3-hour daytime spectacle will feature numerous one-on-one matches, tag team bouts, and entertaining intermissions involving crowd participation. Additionally, patrons will have an opportunity to consume authentic Mexican street fare from famed area taco truck Captain Ponchos Tacos, drink some “Los Luchadores” coffee from Counter Culture prepared by bikeCOFFEE, and to meet and greet their favorite Luchadoras after the event.

The Luchadoras’ costumes have been assembled using recycled materials from Durham’s beloved Scrap Exchange, while Fanaticmasks of Carrboro camouflages many of the athletes with their authentic, North Carolina-made lucha libre masks.

LUCHADORAS 3 will benefit the NC Dream Team and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

NC Dream Team, is an organization composed of undocumented immigrant youth and allies dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, community-led immigrant rights movement in North Carolina. The group aims to help undocumented youth recognize their individual and collective power to activate their communities, working to achieve a just reform that is acceptable to–and guided by–the voices of those directly affected by our broken immigration system.

 The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is an organization committed to pioneering innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.

Video Courtesy of Brandon Hoe:

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Fusion Collective South Jazz Trio at The Oxford Gastropub!


FCS Trio Performing at The Oxford Gastropub in Raleigh, NC ~ January 30, 2011

My wife and I took advantage of the beautiful weather this past weekend and made a trip to Downtown Raleigh on Sunday.  While there, we decided to pop into The Oxford Gastropub on Fayetteville Street to have a cocktail and enjoy the smooth Jazz sounds of the Fusion Collective South Trio.  They perform each Sunday during brunch at The Oxford from around 11am-3pm.   The FCS Trio features Michael Pelz-Sherman on keys, Charles Barchuck on drums, and Sean Geist on Upright Bass.  Check out the video below for a sample of their performance on Sunday. 

Sean Geist also performs with Route 66, a trio consisting of two bassists and a drummer.  Route 66 will be performing at Electric Beanz Coffee Bar in Raleigh on Friday 2/18 from 7-9pm.   For details about other upcoming gigs visit the FCS Facebook Fanpage.

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Picture of the Week – Busy Bee Cafe’


This week’s picture was taken from my table during a visit to the Busy Bee Cafe’ in downtown Raleigh on a recent Friday evening.  They have an interesting menu ranging from burgers and fish tacos to organic chicken and swordfish plates.  They also serve up some nice sides like creamy mac and cheese and southern classics like fried green tomatoes.  The beer list is fairly extensive and they even have a couple local brews on tap.  I really like the overall ambiance of the place and enjoy the look of the exposed brick walls.  A second bar located upstairs along with a small stage that’s used for various music acts and they even offer outdoor rooftop seating in the warmer months.  Worth checking out the next time you are downtown along Wimington Street.


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The Vintage Bar and Lounge in Downtown Raleigh Celebrates Grand Opening Weekend


This weekend a new bar and lounge lounge joins the bustling scene in downtown Raleigh. The Vintage Bar and Lounge will open its doors today (Friday March 26, 2010) for its grand opening in the location that was previously occupied by the Blue Martini. From a look at their website it looks like they pride themselves on offering classic cocktails including everything from “Mint Juleps” to the 1920’s favorite known as a “Side Car”. In addition to these vintage highballs, Vintage serves some excellent local beers on tap including selections from local favorites like LoneRider, Aviator, Big Boss, and Durham’s Triangle Brewing Company. They will also have live music nightly Thur-Sat.

For more details on the newest addition to downtown Raleigh check out the information in the press release below or check out their website and facebook page. I’m looking forward to checking this place out real soon!

Vintage Bar and Lounge Grand Opening Press Release

The Vintage Bar and Lounge, a downtown Raleigh establishment that serves timeless drinks and classic American comfort food, will celebrate its grand opening weekend this Friday and Saturday, March 26-27. The Vintage invites its guests to commemorate the event with live music, giveaways and half-price specials.
The Vintage is offering its menu of vintage cocktails at half price throughout the weekend, such as the original daiquiri, traditional Manhattan or refreshing mint julep. The Vintage will also feature its draught beers on special for $3.50 and all of the “Vintage Bites” on the food menu will be available at half price for the grand opening. Live music will start at 9:30 p.m. with The Commission playing on Friday and Wildmen From Borneo taking the stage on Saturday.
“We’re looking forward to officially introducing The Vintage to Raleigh. It is a place where you can take your coworkers for cocktails after work and then bring your friends back on the weekend for a night on the town,” said Teresa Williams, owner of The Vintage Bar and Lounge.  “We serve quality drinks with friendly service and everything on our food menu is priced under $10. We want people to enjoy the laid back atmosphere and consider The Vintage their regular, downtown Raleigh hangout.”
Located in Powerhouse Square at 116 N. West St. in downtown Raleigh, The Vintage is a short walk from Glenwood South. With live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, patrons can sing and dance along to hits from the 80s, 90s and today while enjoying one of the many classic spirits on the menu. The Vintage also has an extensive offering of draught and bottled beer that includes many local breweries, such as Aviator, Big Boss, LoneRider and Triangle Brewing Co. The food menu features traditional regional dishes such as Nathan’s famous hot dogs, a catfish po’ boy sandwich and Buffalo wings smothered in the authentic sauce from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Vintage has comfortable outdoor seating reminiscent of a classic car rumble seat that spans the length of the patio. Inside the bar there are lounge areas with luxurious leather sofas for groups to gather together. The 14 high definition TVs throughout the bar continuously display a variety of sports, classic television programs and movies. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
For more information about weekly specials, events and to sign up for a membership, visit
About The Vintage Bar and Lounge
At the Vintage Bar and Lounge we strive to be remembered for our friendly staff, timeless drinks and classic American comfort food. We want our guests to embrace the extraordinary history of the food and spirits we serve. Our aim is to invoke a sense of nostalgia and provide a relaxed environment to be enjoyed time and time again. The Vintage opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 2 a.m. on Fridays, and Saturday from 12 p.m. until 2 a.m. The Vintage is located in Powerhouse Square in downtown Raleigh at 116 N. West St., (919) 833-2823.
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