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Weekend Picks! June 21-23rd

June 22

As we head into the first official weekend of Summer there are lots of fun things to check out. Including a few very unique events like Kirby Dirby on Saturday and Yoga at Raleigh Brewing Co. Sunday.  But first, the weekend kicks off with a pop-up ice cream shop and beer/wine store celebrating their grand openings tonight!

Friday June 21st

Ice Cream Pop-Up Shop in Downtown Raleigh Grand Opening!
Thanks to an announcement by New Raleigh, I learned of a  pop-up ice cream shop that is opening tonight in downtown Raleigh. The temporary shop will be located on Wilmington Street in the space next to Gravy where Kindred used to be. This space is only temporary (through August 31) after which they hope to open in a permanent location. They will start out serving locally made Maple View Ice Cream. Doors open for the very first time tonight (Friday June 21st) at 6pm

When: Friday 6pm
Where: 131 S. Wilmington Street
More Info: Twitter account

Wine 101 Raleigh Location Grand Opening!
Wine 101 in Wake Forest is opening up a second store this weekend with a new Raleigh location. Their new shop is located on Duraleigh Road and Raleigh and will offer an expansive collection of both wine and craft beer. The soft openening is this Friday, June 21st from 12-8. They will also have a very special tasting (cost $10) to raise money for “Meals On Wheels” from 5-7.

When: Friday 12-8pm
Where: 5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh,
More Info: facebook

Saturday June 22nd

Kirby Dirby “Wonderland”
Kirby Derby Day is an annual day of Raleigh awesomeness on a Saturday close to the Summer Solstice.
It begins at 4pm and lasts a long time. Events include:pine car mini-racers at 4pm, parade at 5:30, “drag” races at 6:00ish, soapbox derby at 6:30ish and an after party at darkish featuring music by Corn & the Colonels! Food trucks: The Humble Pig & Captain Poncho’s Tacos and Hot Dogs and Veggie Dogs by Silas.

When: Saturday 4pm until ?
Where: Kirby St / Bilyeu St in Raleigh
More Info: website

Wake County Animal Center – Adopt an Addition
Come celebrate our third annual Adopt an Addition event here at the Animal Center. We will have adoption specials on all the adoptable animals, live music, rescue partners with adoptable animals, “Not Just Icing” cupcake truck for your sweet tooth, vendors and raffle items. The event will run from 11am until 6pm. Come on out and meet your new family member!

When: Saturday 11am-6pm
Where: Wake County Animal Center
More Info: website

Peak City Pig Fest – Apex
A free, day long event in Historic Downtown Apex. Activities begin at 9:00 am, music begins at 11:00 am. Beer Garden open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. A KCBS sanctioned barbecue cookoff held in Historic Downtown Apex, NC. Presented by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club.

When: Saturay
Where:  N. Salem Street – Downtown Apex
More Info: website

Carolina Brewing Company Big Bash
On Saturday stop by Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs for food, live music and delicious beer as they hold a “Big Bash Celebration” complete with food trucks and live music. This is a kid-friendly event. Food Trucks and Ice Cream Truck will be on hand. Music by “Live Centre”  playing their timeless Classic Rock tunes. CBC and food trucks will be donating a portion of all sales to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.Come out and drink your favorite pint. Stay for the music and food.

When: Saturday 5-10pm
Where:  Carolina Brewery – Holly Spings
More Info: website

Sunday June 23rd

Yoga at Raleigh Brewing Company
Raleigh brewing Company is starting a yoga series to take place at the Brewery every other Sunday starting this Sunday. Yoga at the Brewery will offer an all levels Vinyasa based flow that will build on itself throughout the 4 weeks. The goal is to create an individualized practice that you can take home and enjoy. Join in for breath, movement, and deep stretches designed to make you relax and feel limber from head to toe. Afterwards, stick around for a post yoga brew from Raleigh Brewing Company’s incredible selection!

When: Sunday 10:30am-12pm – 4 week series (every other Sunday from 10:30- 12:00)
Cost: 4 classes for $20 or $10 drop-in
Where:  Raleigh Brewing Company – 3709 Neil Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

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Wine 101 in Wake Forest – “Vin-Sanity” Celebration Friday September 17th!


 Wine 101 in Wake Forest will celebrate their 2nd anniversary this Friday from 5-8pm with a “Vin-Sanity” party!  They will hold a free tasting of 12 wines (all priced under $20.00) for your sampling pleasure!  The 12 wines at the free tasting will represent their most popular wines over the past two years.  As with all of their tastings you get 10% off the wines you buy or 20% off if you buy a case of any combination.  Wine 101 is a great local wine shop with a friendly and helpful staff.  Their tasting events are a lot of fun and draw a friendly crowd of wine lovers.  Tell your family, friends and neighbors it’s time to get to Wine 101 and let them say a big “Thank You” in style!

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Picture of the Week – Wine Tasting at Wine 101


This weeks picture was taken at Wine 101 in Wake Forest while enjoying one of their free weekly wine tastings.  They hold free tastings every Saturday from 2-5pm.  In addition to the free tasting they have a wine sampling station with 4 reds and 4 whites ready to sample every day of the week using a prepaid sampling card.  They also usually have two craft beers on tap so you can purchase a pint if that is more your style.  Wine 101 has friendly and knowledgeable staff and is one is one of my favorite places to buy wine in the Triangle.

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Wine 101 ~ Going For The Gold At The Beer Olympics!


Last night my neighbor and I made the short trip over to the “Beer Olympics” over at my favorite wine store, Wine 101 in Wake Forest. As I described in an earlier post, the event was held in honor of the lighting of the olympic torch kicking off the 2010 winter olympics in Vancouver. The field of competition consisted of a grand total of 30 different beers from six different categories (Hefeweizen, Lagers, Belgians, IPAs, Strong IPAs, and Stouts). Joe, the owner of Wine 101, and his right hand man Jason poured 2 ounce tastes of each bear from unmarked half-gallon growlers. The honorable “ tasting judges” (myself and the 50 other people there) would then score each beer in this blind taste test on a scale of 1-10.  At the end of the night the scores were to be tallied up and gold, silver, and bronze medals would be awarded in each category.

Although I didn’t plan on it, amazingly my friend and I made it through all 30 beers! This was in large part thanks to the dedicated staff at wine 101 who were working very hard to make sure everyone in the large crowd that came to the event had the opportunity to taste every beer. They were also incredibly consistent with their 2 oz. pours which went a long way to make sure you didn’t over do it and wouldn’t get worn out before making it through the catalogue of beers. As we worked our way through the many beers to taste I found that I was a big fan of the Hefeweizen and the Strong IPA’s but was not crazy about the Lagers and regular IPAs. The Jury is still out for me on the Stouts. I don’t think my palate is mature or fascinated enough to recognize a quality stout at this point! That is what year’s of drinking Coor’s Light and Corona will do to you I guess!

The “official” medal scoring is still being tallied and should be posted to their website soon,  but in the meantime I did hear that one of the Hefeweizen I liked was the locally brewed Shotgun Betty from Lone Rider Brewery. I recently had this beer on a visit to the Rialto Theater in downtown Raleigh and think a visit to the brewery is in my future.

My friend and I met some very friendly people throughout the evening as we shared our critiques of each brew and debated which beer we liked best.  As always, whether you’re looking for a bottle of wine for dinner, or just attending one of their wine or beer tasting events Wine 101 is at the top of my list of places to check out. It is not only a great wine shop (which sells great beers too), but Joe and his staff are so friendly and helpful which gives the shop a real social atmosphere with a “neighborhood store” vibe making it a great place to visit to get out and meet new people. For more information about Wine 101 and future events check you can sign up for teir newsletter on their website or follow Joe on twitter.

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Celebrate The “Beer Olympics” at Wine 101

This past weekend I stopped by to see my friend Joe, the wine aficionado and owner of Wine 101. Don’t let the name fool you, while grapes may be his first love, he also has a wide variety of specialty microbrews in the wine shop. I have even spotted a few growlers of local Lonerider brew in the cooler on occasion. In fact, Wine 101 is having a beer tasting event Friday February 12th called the “Beer Olympics”. For $10 you get to celebrate the opening ceremony and the lighting of the Olympic flame in Vancouver by sampling over 25 beers from around the world at Wine 101. (No, you don’t have to try all 25!). After an evening of beer swirling guests will vote on their favorites and in Olympic fashion award gold, silver, and bronze medals to the beer champions. (I’m pulling for the Belgians!). So if you like beer and are looking for a fun way to kick off the 2010 Olympics check out the wine 101 website for more information.

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