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Drink Local: Deep River Brewing Riverbank Rye-It ~ Clayton, NC


Deep River Brewing Co. ~ Clayton, NC

I hear the Triangle is expecting some icy weather tomorrow. As you might expect the grocery stores are jumping with people making last minute trips for bread and milk. I’ve got those staples covered already so instead I made sure my fridge is fully stocked with beer in anticipation of the inclement weather. This week I am drinking Riverbank Rye-It Pale Ale from Deep River Brewing Co. out of Clayton. This is currently one of my favorite beers. It’s is an amber pale ale, with subtle hints of rye and citrus. If you haven’t visited the brewery in Clayton yet I recommend you check them out. They have a great tap room featuring most of their beers and often host food trucks on the weekends. You can read more about the brewery and my recent trip to the taproom here.

Meet the Brewers
On Thursday January 15th you can  meet the owners / brewers from both  Deep River Brewing Company and Raleigh Coffee Company at Brew Coffee Bar in downtown Raleigh. Guests can try a new Raleigh Coffee Co coffee infused beer and a special limited batch of Deep River’s Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout. Event runs from 6-8pm and is open to the public.


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Drink Local: Fullsteam’s Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale


Fullsteam’s Cack-A-Lacky

One of my goals for 2015 is to try more local beers. I have long been a fan of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, but never got around to trying their Cack-A-Lacky Ginger Pale Ale until just recently. I wish I had tried it sooner. This is Fullsteam’s first ever canned beer and as the can says, this beer is in fact “Hoppy” and “Zippy” with a flavor that is crisp and clean. I was afraid the ginger would be overpowering but found I really enjoyed the hoppy pale ale notes balanced by the subtle ginger finish. I will definitely be adding this beer into my regular rotation. I picked it up at The Hop Yard bottle shop in North Raleigh, but you can find it and just about any shop throughout the Triangle and of course can sample it at the Cackalacky Tasting & Tap Room in Pittsboro. What are you drinking these days?


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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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6th Annual Cuegrass Festival at The Pit BBQ ~ April 26th


The 6th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to the Warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Saturday April 26th 12-6pm. In past years a nice crowd has gathered along Davie street outside The Pit BBQ for the jam-packed day of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! It only costs $5 at the gate to enter (food & beer additional). Proceeds from the $5 gate donation Backpack Buddies & the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

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This event is a great way to spend the afternoon outside enjoying great music. Make sure you bring a chair and get there early to grab a good spot as it does get crowded. I also highly recommend a hat and suncreen as there is limited shade. Musical acts planned for this year’s event are Old Habits, The Barefoot Movement, Acoustic Manner, Grits & Soul, and The 23 String Band

The Pit will have the pig cookers fired up to serve plenty of their famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and offer a selection of local brews. This year’s event will feature Aviator, Big Boss, Carolina Brewery, Lonerider, Triangle and White Street. This is one of my favorite spring events in downtown Raleigh. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!


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4th Annual Science of Beer Event at Durham’s Museum of Life & Science ~ September 12, 2013

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Image courtesy of Museum of Life and Science

Brew enthusiasts eager to learn more about their favorite beers from around the Triangle will offer a toast to science on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Museum of Life and Science’s fourth annual Science of Beer. A part of the popular adults-only Museum AfterHours program series, this year’s event features tastings from over 15 local breweries, scientists from the Duke Institute for Brain Scientists and the NCSU Brewing Lab. Guests are invited to participate in hands-on experiments and workshop sessions exploring everything from the science of skunking to the lifecycle of a malt.

“This is the perfect event for such a beer loving area – you not only get to taste so many of your favorite local brews, but also learn why you love them so much! Do you genes play a role in your preference for IPA or is it the way your body reacts to that aroma over others? We’ve seen incredible growth over the past four years in both the number of beer enthusiasts and local breweries eager to attend – we look forward to the biggest Science of Beer yet!” remarked Master Teacher and event coordinator, Adrienne Testa.

About Science of Beer 2013
Taste a variety of beers from over 15 local North Carolina breweries and meet the scientists who make yeast, hops and bubbles their life’s passion.

  • Tastings and experiments with local brew experts exploring yeast production, balancing bitterness with salt, role of fermenting vessels and more.
  • Chocolate and charcuterie tastings complimenting beer selections provided by Escazu and G2B.
  • Meet local scientists and enjoy hands-on beer themed workshops on the role of genetics in determining beer preferences and the impact of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen on beer head.
  • Enjoy local food trucks including Pie Pushers, Parlour and Only Burger.
  • Over 15 local North Carolina breweries including:
Fullsteam Bull City Burger
Bull City Homebrew Mystery Brewing Company
Lonerider Brewing Company The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery
Carolina Brewing Company Foothills Brewing
Mother Earth Brewing Sub Noir Brewing Company
White Street Brewing Company Raleigh Brewing
Natty Greene’s Brewing Company Gizmo Brew Works
Triangle Brewing Company
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Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science

Details & Ticket Info
Science of Beer:
Tastings, Interactive Workshops and Hands-On Experiments
Museum of Life and Science – 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets available for purchase online: $15 Museum Members; $18 General Public

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