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Free Screening of Brewconomy at Meredith College January 24th


If you’re a fan of the local breweries in the Triangle and across North Carolina then you will not want to miss this documentary. Brewconomy is a film by  Raleigh based film director Camden Watts that looks at positive impact on local  brewers, farmers, community, and local economy that has come from the growth of North Carolina’s now 1.3 billion dollar craft beer industry.

The documentary will screen at the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival in Raleigh on Sunday, January 24th, at 2:00 PM. The festival is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will take place after the screening. A full schedule can be found on the event website here.  To get a sneak peek of Brewconomy watch the short trailer below.




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My Picks for NC Beer Month – April 2015


Trophy Brewing ~ Raleigh, NC

April ushers in a month long celebration of North Carolina Beer at breweries from all corners of the State. Scheduled events include numerous beer festivals, tastings, and dinners. Below are just a few of the Triangle beer related events in April that caught my interest. For a full list of NC Beer Month activites visit http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

April 1st – Casks On Fools at Crank Arm Brewery
At least 23 breweries are joining with Crank Arm to celebrate the kick off of NC Beer Month by bringing a signature cask. Portion of proceeds going to NC Brewers Guild and the NC Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

April 3rd – Trophy Brewing Cask Event at Glass Jug
Every Friday in April at 5pm Glass Jug will be tapping a cask of beer from a different North Carolina brewery. They kick things off this Friday April 3rd with a special cask from Raleigh’s own Trophy Brewing Co.

April 4th – 2nd Annual Brewery Olympics at Raleigh Brewing
Six local breweries compete in events including feats of knowledge and strength. Food trucks onsite as well.

April 3-5th – Deep River Brewing Company 2nd Anniversary
Weekend long celebration at Clayton’s only brewery featuring live music, food trucks, and lots of Deep River Beer.

April 22nd – Strange Cargo at Big Boss Brewery
Enjoy sampling several of Big Boss’s Strange Cargo barrel aged beers including bourbon, wine, tequila and brandy barrel aged brews.

April 25th – Brewgaloo 
Local craft beer festival presented by Shop Local Raleigh featuring 70+ NC breweries, 30+ food trucks and live music.

April 26th – LoneRider Beer Dinner at Academy Street Bistro
Four course dinner with each course paired with a different LoneRider Beer, including Hops You Rode on IPA, Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen, Eve Amber Ale, Sweet Josie Brown Ale and Tombstone Reserve-Oak Aged Rye Stout.



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Fullsteam Brewery – Durham, NC

I’m a big fan of the Triangle beer scene and one of my favorite local places to enjoy a pint is Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.  The brewery was opened by Sean Wilson, known as the “Chief Executive Optimist”, in a former 7Up bottling plant on Rigsbee Avenue back in 2009. It’s described as a “plow to pint” operation with a mission to craft the distinctly Southern beer that celebrates agriculture by using local seasonal ingredients while  fostering relationships with local farmers.

To me Fullsteam is much more than just a great brewery. When I visit the taproom the first thing that comes to my mind is community.  On any given visit you will find the space alive with activity and conversation. During the day you are likely see large groups of friends, families with their kids, and people with dogs gathered at the large communal picnic tables inside the spacious interior. As the day transitions into evening the crowd shifts over to primarily adults and all of Rigsbee Avenue seems to come to life.

I’ve enjoyed my fair share of pints sitting at one of the many orange tables inside.  There are also a few tables outside along the sunlit alley and two more tables out front in the area where the food trucks usually set. Check out With so much seating it easy to find a spot to sit and relax with your beer and food. Fullsteam is also simply a great spot to just sit back and people watch. There is a small stage that plays host to music on occasion on weekends, but for the most part the brewery serves as a community gathering space – a place for conversation over a good beer.

The beer offerings at the bar a very diverse and range from classics like a traditional American IPA to seasonal southern beers inspired by local agriculture like a sweet potato lager and a “Hogwash” hickory smoked brown porter. Fullsteam is know for making some interesting brews and they even feature beers from other local breweries on a few “guest taps”. Beers are available by the pint, half pint, tasting flights, and they even do growler fills.

As you first enter the brewery through the large red warehouse door you pass through a fun room filled with several classic arcade games along with a pinball machine and ping pong table. I think this room captures the youthful spirit of the brewery and further galvanizes the communal atmosphere.  On a given week the taproom plays hosts to events like belly dancing, trivia and yoga. There is even a run club that meets there each Wednesday.

Whether you are a casual beer drinker or a diehard craft beer enthusiasts I highly recommend a visit to Fullsteam during your next visit to the Bull City. Check out there event calendar before heading over to find out what is going on in the taproom and what food trucks will be parked there that evening. If you are thinking of heading over tonight (5/16) they are holding their Summer Basil release party starting around 6pm.


Fullsteam is open Mon-Thurs: 4 p.m. – midnight, Friday: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday: noon – 2 a.m., Sunday: noon – midnight. Drink local and support NC beer and agriculture!

Fullsteam Brewery

726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701
website: http://www.fullsteam.ag
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullsteambrewery
twitter: @fullsteam
instagram: @fullsteambrewery


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Crank Arm Brewery Announces Downtown Raleigh Location!


Crank Arm Brewing Company will open in Spring 2013, offering artisan microbrews on-site, and in downtown Raleigh restaurants and bars.

I love the Triangle’s local craft beer scene and it just keeps getting better and better. Today I received word that another great brewery is opening in Raleigh in the Spring of 2013.  Crank Arm Brewery is in the process of setting up their brewery in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh. You can read all the details about the guys behind Crank Arm and their vision in the official press release below. You can also follow them on facebook to stay updated on their progress in the coming months. Of course, check back here later this Spring as I plan to visit the brewery once it opens to sample their beers and of course take lot of pictures!

Press Release – January 9, 2013

Business partners, Adam Eckhardt, Michael Morris, and Dylan Selinger announce the much-anticipated location of the new Raleigh brewery, Crank Arm Brewing Company. The brewery is an expansion of the thriving rickshaw company, Crank Arm Rickshaw. The brewery will utilize a 7-barrel system and will be opening Spring 2013 in the Warehouse District at 319 West Davie Street, Raleigh, NC. “We chose the Warehouse District because of it’s central location, and because it is the fastest growing district in downtown. Our brewery is going to be a destination hub, amidst restaurants, galleries, and shops, for people to come together over fresh and different brews,” said Adam Eckhardt, Co-Founder/ Head of Sales and Distribution.

The brewery’s mission is to provide fresh artisan beer while incorporating green transportation methods.  Crank Arm will house a bar, for beer enthusiasts who want to sit down and enjoy their beer on-site. The brewery will also have a rolling street team of rickshaws to take people on tours of the City, as well as deliver beer to individuals, restaurants, and bars in downtown Raleigh. “We’re dedicated to cycling as a lifestyle and will have bike racks, pumps, and tools on-hand.  Local deliveries will be made with rickshaws and a “greasel” F-350, which runs off waste vegetable oil,” said Co-Founder Dylan Selinger.

There will be two flagship beers on tap at all times, Rickshaw Rye, a Rye India Pale Ale; and White Wall Wit, an American Wit. The Wit is a wheat beer made from Belgian yeast with aromatic citrusy American hops. They will have 4 seasonal brews rotating at all times in order to provide a new and delicious experience for beer enthusiasts. “We brew what tastes good, we’re not held down by specific beer styles,” said Michael Morris, Co-Founder/Chief Brewmaster.

About Crank Arm Brewing Company

The brewery’s mission is to provide fresh artisan beer in a laid-back place for people to meet, enjoy life, and taste one-of-a-kind brews.  Crank Arm delivers locally using green transportation. Beer is delivered via rickshaw or waste veggie-oil powered truck in order to minimize the company’s impact on the planet.

Crank Arm Partners

Crank Arm Brewery Partners (left to right) Adam Eckhardt, Michael Morris, Dylan Selinger
Photo Courtesy of Crank Arm Brewery


Adam Eckhardt, a veteran salesman, has 6 years home brewing experience, and is the Founder of Crank Arm Rickshaw Company. Michael Morris, 4-time GABF winner and veteran brewmaster, has been brewing scrumptious beer for 14 years at several well-known breweries in the Raleigh area, including Capitol Brewing Company, Big Boss Brewing Company, and Natty Greene’s. Dylan Selinger is Manager/Rickshaw Driver for Crank Arm Rickshaw, and has been driving rickshaws in downtown Raleigh for over 5 years.

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/CrankArmBrewingCompany or twitter.com/CrankArmBrew.


Adam Eckhardt
Head of Sales and Distribution, Crank Arm Brewing Company

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