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April is NC Beer Month – Drink Local!

Lone Rider Brewing Co.

LoneRider ~ Raleigh, NC

Did you know the Triangle has almost 30 local breweries & brewpubs? Well April is North Carolina Beer Month and that gives you the perfect excuse to go out and explore some of them. There are also TONS of NC beer month events planned throughout the Triangle over the next few weeks. Everything from special cask tastings to featured beer pairings and dinners. To see the full calendar of events visit http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

Big Boss Beer

Big Boss ~ Raleigh, NC

In addition to official NC Beer Month activities there are several upcoming beer events that have caught my eye. Listed below are some of my top beer event picks for the end of March and April:

Raleigh Beer Guide Launch Party – March 27th
Beer Guide party at Tyler’s Taproom in Raleigh featuring drafts from ALL 16 Wake County breweries. Fun starts at 5pm. (info)

White Street “Koschei the Deathless” Bottle Release – March 28th
Their first bottle release as part of their new “Back Alley Series”. This Russian imperial stout is aged in bourbon barrels and bottled in 750ML cork & caged bottles at 13% ABV. Bottle sales begin at 2pm in the taproom ($13.99 each). Samples available for $2. (info)

LoneRider Showdown – March 29th
LoneRider is taking over Blount Street for another evening of great music, food and of course a ton of great beer. Ticketed Event (info)

Cask on Fools – April 1st
Casks on Fools is the kick off party in Wake County for North Carolina Beer Month! 15 casks from 15 Wake County Breweries will be participating. All local beer, all in one place! Starts at 3pm. (info)

World Beer Festival in Raleigh – April 5th
A chance to sample over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world. Held in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Ticketed Event (info)

Brewgaloo – April 26th
Local craft beer festival in downtown Raleigh’ City Plaza presented by Shop Local Raleigh featuring local craft beer, food trucks, and live music. Beer sold by the pint or 3 oz. tastings. (info)

Fullsteam Brewery Durham

Fullsteam Brewery ~ Durham, NC

List of Triangle Breweries
As I mentioned above there are currently just under 30 breweries & brewpubs in the Triangle and a few more are currently in the works. Below is a list of Triangle breweries currently operating in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Johnston County. Many breweries offer tours and hold special events each month. Check their websites for more details.

Wake County
Big Boss
Boylan Bridge
Bombshell Beer
Carolina Brewing Co.
Crank Arm
Gizmo BrewWorks
Lynwood Brewing
Natty Greene’s
Raleigh Brewing
Sub Noir
White Street

Durham County
Bull City Burger & Brewery
Triangle Brewing Co.

Orange County
Bear Creek Brews
Carolina Brewery
Mystery Brewing
Star Point
Steel String
Top of the Hill

Johnston County
Deep River Brewing
Double Barely
White Rabbit

Coming Soon!
Brueprint – Apex
Draft Line Brewing – Fuquay
Nicklepoint Brewery – Raleigh
Neuse River Brewing – Raleigh
Storm Clouds Brewing – Raleigh


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Picture of the Week – Beer with a View!

Sitti Downtown Raleigh

Beer with a view in Raleigh

After a few brutal weeks of cold and wet weather we finally had a few beautiful days to enjoy this past weekend. My wife and I took advantage of this welcome change in temperature and headed out to explore downtown Raleigh. The picture above was take while enjoying lunch at Sitti, a great Lebanese restaurant. We had  seats located by the windows looking out to activity on the sidewalk and intersection of Hargett & Wilmington Streets. The green building in the background is Holly Aiken’s shop “Stitch” with patrons from Raleigh Times Bar enjoying some rooftop dining.

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Weekend Picks! March 7-9th


Friday March 7th

Coffee Cupping & “Sustainable Spring” Beekeeping Info Session
Counter Culture Coffee will be holding their weekly FREE coffee cupping at the training facility in Durham this Friday at 10am. The cuppings provide a great opportuntiy to learn more about the different flavors and profiles expressed by different coffee. The tasting is followed by a tour of the roastery. As an added bonus Counter Culture is kicking off their “Sustainable Spring” series and will have an iformation session about Beekeeping after the cupping and tour.

Saturday March 8th

Public House at The Cookery in Durham
Belly Up to The Cookery’s bar for is their second Public House Night this Saturday from 6-11pm! Sympathy for the Deli is roasting a pig and providing delicious dinner, and Iced Cupcakes will be serving sweet treats! The Duke vs. UNC basketball game will be shown on a 15 foot HD big screen. Great beer, wine and cocktails for sale at the bar. FREE ENTRY.

Sunday March 9th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo w/ PitchBlak Brass Band
The Spring Durham Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday from 12-4pm. The rodeo will host over 40 Triangle Food Trucks. Local beer will also be available for sale. Musical Performance by PitchBlak Brass Band out of Brooklyn. The weather looks to be beautiful on Sunday and it is sure to be a great time. After the rodeo head down the street to two of my favorite spots: Cocoa Cinnamon for coffee and Fullsteam Brewery for more great beer!


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Arrow Haircuts – Cameron Village


I’ve lived in Raleigh for almost nine years now and have found the Triangle to offer almost everything I need. Yet, in all that time calling Raleigh home the one thing that has eluded me is finding a great place to get my hair cut. I am happy to report that my search is over now that I have discovered Arrow Haircuts.


Arrow is located in the space formerly occupied by the Professional Barber Shop on Woodburn Avenue in Cameron Village. Owner Pete Phipps openeded Arrow to provide an alternative to the national chains and expensive salons. I like Arrow because they serve both men and women providing an excellent cut by friendly staff for a great price in a modern and friendly environment. As an added bonus patrons can enjoy a free beer and snacks while they wait. Their is even a nice display of locally made products (like White Whale cocktail mixers) to browse. These unique added touches and attention to detail make a trip to Arrow feel like a unique experience and the type of place you would want to visit even if you don’t need a cut.


Adding to the community feel, Arrow also holds free special “Arrow University” education events on a monthly basis to bring together people looking to learn “the finer points of being an even better adventurer, connoisseur, and trendsetter. Recent classes included lessons on how fly fish, and tips for the backyard BBQ season. Their next class will be held March 18th at 7:30pm with local sports radio host Joe Ovies. Joe will instruct people on how to fill out brackets for the 1st Annual Arrow March Madness Pool. Winner gets complimentary haircuts for the rest of 2014.


After nine years of bouncing around from place to place trying to get a decent cut I was really happy with the haircut I received at Arrow. I will definitely be a regular there. Arrow offers men’s, women’s and children’s cuts. Prices range from $15 for a men’s buzz cut to $36 for  ladies long cut. My cut was $18 because I went for a regular cut with both buzzers and scissors.  They also offer shampoos for $3, and shaves with a hot towel and straight razor at $25 (I want to try this!).  Discounts are provided to students and those who serve in the military, police and fire departments. I highly recommend you try them for your next cut. If you do visit Arrow be sure to let me know what you think!

Arrow Haircuts & Shaves
419 Woodburn Road
Raleigh, NC 27605
phone: 919-977-6452

facebook: Arrow Haircuts on FB
twitter: @ArrowHaircuts


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Ponysaurus Brewery at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh February 6th


Kellyn McGarity

I love how the Triangle’s local beer scene continues to grow. In recent months we have seen some new smaller breweries start operating in Raleigh and Durham. You’ll have a chance to try the beer from one of the newest additions next week when Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Durham’s newest nano-brewery visits downtown Raleigh’s Tasty Beverage on Thursday February 6th from 5:30-7:30. Brewmaster, Keil Jansen, will be on hand with kegs of their Fig Saison, IPA, Biere de Garde, Reserve, and Vidieri Chocolate Stout all on draft. There will also be a limited amount of  Ponysaurus bottles available for sale.

I haven’t had a chance to try the offerings from this local brewer yet, but I have heard very good things about them and look forward to stopping by this Thursday night to grab a pint. Hope to see you there!

Check out this great article about Ponysaurus in the Independent Weekly to learn more about the inspiration behind this creative new nano-brewery operating out of a space at The Cookery in Durham.

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

website: http://ponysaurusbrewing.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PonysaurusBrewing
twitter: @ponysaurusbrew
instagram: http://instagram.com/ponysaurusbrewing


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