A few weeks ago I came a across a nice find in my local bottle shop. Although I had missed the news I discovered Fortnight Brewery in Cary had started canning their beers. In case you didn’t know, Fortnight has only been around for about a year and they focus on UK inspired brews. They have a taproom at the brewery, host food trucks each week (calendar), and even do tours on the weekends. Fortnight is initially offering their X-Pat IPA, Blonde, and ESB in cans but may offer others in the future as well. I picked a can of the ESB (Extra Special Bitter) to drink at home. I like the copper color and the slight but well balance bitterness of this beer as it reminds me of the bitter style beers I came across on my trip to Australia many years ago. I haven’t been to the brewery yet but hope to stop by this spring. The taproom is open Mon-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm, and Sun 12pm-7pm. You can learn more about this local brewery at http://fortnightbrewing.com.
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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?
BREW is a new coffee and beer bar coming to downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. The bar will serve coffee from local roaster Raleigh Coffee Company and will feature other local roasters rotating the offerings each month. Brew will also offer a host of local beers both on tap and in bottles.
Brew business partners AJ Viola and Mike Sholar have already started construction on the shop working with local architects and designers on the design of the 1,150-square-foot space that they plan to open sometime in August. They’ve launched a kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for some of the finishing touches that will allow the shop to deliver the best experience to customers. “We’re coming to Kickstarter because we want to give our community the opportunity to get involved in making Brew happen,” they write on the campaign page. To learn more about Brew and how you can help check out their Kickstarter Page here.
I took this week’s picture while exploring Rigsbee Avenue in downtown Durham. Fullsteam Brewery is one of my favorite Triangle breweries. They make some great craft beers and the brewery serves as a great community gathering spot. It is a great place to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and catch live music on the weekends. It is a very family friendly spot and it is not unusual to see people there with kids and their dog during the day, while it transitions to a more mature crowd during the busier evening hours. Fullsteam has done so much to help revitalize the Rigsbee Avenue Corridor. It is a must visit for NC beer lovers and visitors to the area looking to capture the vibe of downtown Durham.
Shop Local Raleigh presents their second annual Brewgaloo local beer festival on Saturday April 27th (3-9pm) in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza. Brewgaloo 2013 will feature 25 craft breweries from North Carolina including several favorites from right here in the Triangle. There will also be 14 local food trucks on hand to feed the hungry crowd and live music provided on two stage from 8 different local bands.
General admission is free and includes a pint glass (special unbreakable acrylic souvenir glasses will be available while supplies last). Beer is sold by the pint or by the taste. 1 token= 1 pint; 1 token= a taster card with 5 samples available.
This event supports Shop Local Raleigh and its mission to sustain programs that strengthen our local businesses.
Brewgaloo 2013 Saturday, April 27- rain or shine
Raleigh City Plaza (Map)
3:00 – 9:00PM