It’s that time of the year, again. Your mornings feel a bit more brisk, your long sleeves are making their way out of storage and your favorite Raleigh drinking establishments are bringing out the big guns for Raleigh Beer Week.
The annual event takes place every September over the span of 8 days (the only time you’re ok with the week being LONGER) in venues all over the city. With multiples events each day, sometimes at the same time, it can be daunting to figure out where to go. To help you out, we compiled a list of the 10 “Can’t Miss” events for RBW this year.
The full schedule can be found on their website, but here are the ones we’ve highlighted (ordered by date/time).
1.) 12:00pm Sunday, Sep 20 – Brett Saison Release – Crank Arm Brewing – 319 West Davie St
Start your week off light with a stroll downtown for a bottle release. Crank Arm is ready to release their next bottle offering, this time a saison with 3 strains of brett aged in chardonnay barrels and tart cherries. In addition, they’ll have a wet hopped pale ale (Wet Road) on tap because they know you’ll be thirsty. You always are.
2.) 2:00pm Sunday, Sep 20 – Day of the Barrels! – State of Beer – 401 Hillsborough St
Clear your schedule. There’s a very relevant, scientific formula here; Beer + Barrels + You = Yup. You may have to account for inflation, we’re not certain. Either way, sit down for awhile and have Uber on standby for the following:
- Olde Hickory Lindley Park
- Mother Earth Silent Night
- Founders Backwoods Bastard
- Weyerbacher Sunday Morning
- Olde Hickory Event Horizon
- Wicked Weed Barrel Aged Black Saison
- Epic Big Bad Baptist
- BFM Abbaye de St. Bon Chien Grand Cru Vin Jaune
3.) 3:00pm Sunday, Sep 20 – NC Cask Tappings – Flying Saucer – 328 West Morgan St
Saunter from barrels to casks w/ a very short stroll to the Saucer. Casks and Barrels may seem similar, but they’re quite different. They’re tapping 5 casks from NC born breweries; Mother Earth, Lonerider, Foothills, Deep River and Haw River. The last of those will be dropping the mallet on a cask of St. Benedict’s Breakfast Dubbel w/ cocoa nibs, toasted coconut, split vanilla bean and cinnamon. Umm…yes please.
4.) 6:00pm Sunday, Sep 20 – Czars & Stripes Night – Lynnwood Brewing Concern – 4821 Grove Barton Rd
We haven’t hid the fact that we love what Lynnwood has been doing lately (and we’re excited about their expansion) so the release of their Russian Imperial Stout piques our interest for sure. PLUS, there will be 3 variants of Czars & Strips; Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs and Coffee. Lynnwood is currently one of our go-to’s for hoppy, this event will let us know if they can step up in the darker realm.
5.) 5:00pm Tuesday, Sep 22 – Mordecai Barrel Aged Sour – Trophy Brewing – 827 West Morgan St
Education. It’s why we drink, right? We’re all just trying to figure out how science molds this crazy world we live in.
Join Josh Wing (brewer at Trophy) for the best type of science experiment as several versions of a barrel aged, golden sour get tapped. Each represent an experimentation with mixed fermentation; including combinations of multiple strains of brettanomyces, saccharomyces, lactobacillus and pediococcus. SCIENCE!
6.) 6:00pm Wednesday, Sep 23 – Bojangles Beer Dinner – Tasty Beverage – 327 West Davie St #106
You already know we’re excited for this one. This event makes our list because, frankly, no one’s
been bold enough to host a beer dinner sans fancy. Let the experts from New Belgium and Oskar Blues fill you in on exactly what you should drink with that Supremes Combo (yes, of course with fries).
7.) 6:00pm Thursday, Sep 24 – Stone IRS Vertical – Raleigh Times – 14 East Hargett St
There’s an old saying that time is undefeated. We’re not trying to dispute that, but what we are saying is that it’s not always a bad thing. Time can do incredible things to beer, especially stouts. The best way to find this out for yourself is to try multiple years next to each other.
The hard way to do this is to spend years collecting bottles yourself. Of course you have to keep them in ideal conditions for proper aging and resist the temptation to drink them. That’s why we’re suggesting the ultimate short cut. With vintages dating back to 2007, just head to Raleigh Times and try them all. Easy.
8.) 8:00pm Thursday, Sep 24 – Sourfest! – Busy Bee Cafe – 225 South Wilmington St
Years ago, Chris Powers (co-owner of Busy Bee) told me that “Sour is the new hoppy”. I simply replied “Hoppy is the new hoppy”. Boy was I wrong.
Sours are an acquired taste, for sure, but it’s also best acquired by tasting. Taste you shall with the following lineup. Pucker up, Raleigh.
Bell’s Wild One
AVBC Horse Tongue
Ballast Point Tartare
Birrificio del Ducato Beersel Mattina
Bruery Sour in the Rye
Grimm Rainbow in Curved Air
Boulevard Love Child #4
Bruery Tart of Darkness
Moylan’s Lonely Tarts Club
New Holland Incorrigible
9.) 1:00pm Saturday, Sep 26 – Sour Summit – State of Beer – 401 Hillsborough St
You may have noticed a trend on this list. Sure, you can spend this week drinking all of your favorites. Instead, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone. If the aforementioned sour fest is too daunting for you, this one may be more your speed.
Our good pal, Sean Mckinney is ready to educate your tongue on sour beer. He’ll have 5 sour offerings that will be paired with only the finest meats and cheeses!
10.) 4:00pm Saturday, Sep 26 – Unicycle Variants – Crank Arm Brewing – 319 West Davie St
I know Crank Arm is already on the list, but for good reason. Unicycle is their single hop pale ale, this time w/ Comet hops. The interesting twist (of the spokes) is that Lonerider, Sub Noir, Big Boss, and Trophy will all be putting their own unique twist on it.
One beer. 5 different Raleigh tastes. That’s how you end up on the list.
Raleigh Beer Week starts this Sunday, so hydrate now! Hopefully we’ll see you out there. Keep an eye on our Twitter account to see where we are. If you don’t have twitter, well, the above list is probably good enough.