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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

I’m not gonna lie; it’s hot out there! So, grab a beer and check out what’s tappening… Friday It’s Firkin Friday! And you know what that means? Head to Raleigh Brewing Company for their weekly cask tapping…This cask of delicious craft beer will be tapped at 6pm. Looking for some rare gems? Triangle Wine Co in Morrisville is the place to be! They are holding a fund raiser and silent rare craft beer auction to support one of their beloved employees. Bryan Joubert, a father of three, was recently hospitalized with a severe infection in his hand. He has returned home and is improving, but he is still unable to work either of his jobs. All proceeds from the event will go to help Bryan and his family! Auction starts at 4pm’ish. Saturday If you LOVE BBQ then the 3rd Annual Peak City Pig Fest is where you need to be! Hosted by the Apex Sunrise Rotary club, this free family-friendly event will feature a massive BBQ throw down sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Teams will come from all over the country to compete in the only KCBS sanctioned event in the Triangle! And to wash all of that delicious fare down, head to the Beer Garden! Sponsors include; Brueprint, Bombshell, and The Beer Dispensary! Another fantastic choice for the Solstice would be heading out to Mystery Brewing. They will be throwing a huge Summer Brands release party. The will be pouring Gentlemen’s Preference, Lockwood’s Retreat, Evangeline, and Papa Bois starting at noon! And heading into the evening hours live music from Spencer Scholes Trio at 8PM! Sunday Sunday is a day for rest and relaxation! First up, Fullsteam at 10:45 am for an invigorating flow class led by Anna Cordova, RYT. This class is suitable for all levels, experienced practitioners and those new to yoga and it will offer both challenging and restorative poses, plus a lot of fun. And of course my favorite part: post yoga Fullsteam brew! While you’re there, stick around to catch a Durham Bulls game at the DBAP at 5:05pm. No matter what you choose, as long as it includes great friends and NC Craft Beer, you can’t go wrong! Check back with us next week as we continue to let you know “What’s...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014

Maybe I am biased, but I think Father’s Day weekend is one of the best weekends of the year! As a dad to three (under three-years-old), my appreciation of my father and fathers in general has grown immensely. And, lest we forget, the 114th US Open is down at Pinehurst, the World Cup has begun, and the NBA season might finally end! If you happen to be headed down to Pinehurst to take in some golf, be sure to check out Railhouse Brewery. Along with Father’s day, we have some other special events this weekend, so let’s get to it! Friday Friday the 13th, a full moon, solar flares, and Mercury Retrograde all in one day means one thing: you need beer!  In order to help avoid the bad luck here are some great Friday options for you! PNC Downtown Movie Series is back featuring “Hunger Games”. Urban Soil will be performing prior to the movie, and there will be food trucks galore to satisfy your hunger! Quenching your thirst is a cinch with brews from Aviator, Crankarm, and Raleigh Brewing Co. “May the odds be ever in your favor…” Sam’s Bottle Shop in Durham will be hosting a Heavy Seas and Eerie tasting from 4-7pm Triangle Wine Co in Morrisville is Hosting a Sam Adams beer event from 4-7pm featuring their Sam Summer, Grumpy Monk, Rebel IPA, Honey Queen, and a few others. Olde Hickory is taking over at Wine101 in Wake Forest from 5-7pm so don’t be afraid to grab a growler and head over. It just might be the good luck you need!   Saturday One of the single greatest accomplishments of a new brewery, aside from making awesome beer, is making it to the 1yr mark! This Saturday Sub Noir is that brewery! They will be hosting a huge anniversary party to celebrate. Festivities start at 12pm with Urban Entree, and Dump Pho King Truck (starting at 4:30pm) and Not Just Icing, Inc.(which includes cupcakes made with Sub Noir’s Ginger Tripel Eccentrica). A special Birthday Cask will be tapped at 4pm: an excellent Sour Flanders Red Ale with tart cherries and berries. You won’t want to miss this Party! Heading up to Wake Forest? Then check out the Lennar Food Truck Rodeo from 11am – 2pm for food and fun at Austin Creek neighborhood. Grab a bite from the hottest area food trucks; The Parlour, Deli-icious, Barone Meatball Company...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014

“Summertime and the living’s easy.” It’s June and Summer is here, which means, along with the glorious return of the heat and humidity, there are events galore! Draft Line Brewing is opening at the end of the month, with more breweries on the way later this Summer. But, first thing’s first: let’s look at this weekend… Thursday Yup, you read that correctly! It’s June, so we can start our weekends a day early and not feel badly about it. Tonight is the debut of the Wander Box at CAM Raleigh! It’s a solar-powered pop-up beer garden, stocked with twelve taps of barley, hops, and awesome! So, if you’re looking for something to do, head to W Martin Street tonight and grab a local, or not-so-local, pint and enjoy the evening. Friday Being the first Friday of the month can mean only one thing: Head to Downtown Raleigh to support the local art scene’s First Friday Event. And, of course, while you’re down there, hit up Tasty Beverage Co for the First Friday Fun Fest! In Durham for the evening? Head to Fullsteam for some Summer Basil before catching the Bulls game, followed by some fireworks! Saturday Today marks the Grand Opening of Brüeprint Brewing Company in the Peak City…yes, I just said that! The festivities kick off at noon and will be filled with a fantastic assortment of beer, food, and music, including Jack Hnatt & Friends, George Huntley, and Peak City Blues Project. Food Trucks Sol Taco, Deli-Icious, Dump Pho King, Big Mike’s BBQ, Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza, and Valentno’s will be in the house. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Prevent Blindness NC, which is just on more great reason to come on out! Heading south of the Triangle? Make plans to stop by Blues and Brews in Fayetteville to sample over 100 different beers from NC and beyond! Sunday It’s Rodeo day! Food Truck Rodeo that is, in good ole downtown Raleigh! You might be overwhelmed by the amount of good food and craft beer that will be available. Don’t worry though; get there early so you have time to eat more than once! Just remember to drink plenty of water; it’s gonna be a hot one! And drink responsibly! But, if you’ve consumed too much, Safe Ride Home NC is there for you! No matter what you choose, as long as it includes great friends and NC Craft Beer, you...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on May 29, 2014

It seems like just yesterday we were saying farewell to NC Beer Month. Now we say farewell to May, which has gone by way too fast! This weekend has a few great events that you will want to be a part of, ending with an opportunity to give back to someone in our local craft community, all the while getting your hands on that rare gem you have been desperately searching for. So, without further ado, lets get down to business! Friday “If you ain’t First, you’re Last!” a saying made famous by acclaimed Race Car driver Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights will be the featured film this Friday Night in Downtown Raleigh’s City Market Plaza. Festivities kick off abut 5pm with Nuclear Honey providing the pre-movie concert. American Meltdown, Bolt Hamburgers, Crossroads Popcorn, D’Burritos, Kona Ice, and The Pit will be serving up some awesome food. And, most importantly, you’ll have local beer choices from Aviator, Crank Arm, and Raleigh Brewing Co. Great music, delicious food, NC beer, and Ricky Bobby…Shake and bake! Another place to kick off the weekend  is at Triangle Wine Company in Morrisville, where Southern Tier will be taking over the taps from 4-7 pm! Saturday Calling all road warriors: Crank Arm Brewing is having a Weekend Warrior 10-20 mile Fun Ride! Yes, I said 10 – 20 mile FUN ride, with the funnest part being the finish. You start and end your ride at Crank Arm, so stay for a few pints after the ride! The ride begins at 12pm and nobody gets left behind! Then head over to Carolina Brewing Company for their Spring Bash MS Fundraiser! There will be food trucks, entertainment, $4 pints of CBC brews and ALL profits will be directly donated to the MS Society. This event begins at 4 pm and it is family friendly, so bring the gang! Sunday Sunday is a perfect example of just how great and supportive our local craft beer community is! If you have ever been to Tyler’s Taproom in Apex, you are sure know who Al Wallace is. Al is a friend, craft beer aficionado, and awesome barkeep.. Recently, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident, putting him in the hospital with piling medical bills. So, Tyler’s, along with a few other fantastic folks, has scheduled a fantastic event to help raise money to help Al. Many people have dug deep into their cellars and donated eclectic rare and vintage bottles...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on May 23, 2014

Memorial Day weekend is here and it’s going to be a big one! There is some great stuff going on in the Triangle, and all over the State! If you are one of the fortunate ones, you should already be on your way out to Asheville for Asheville Beer Week. The one thing you will want to remember is take a U-Haul and bring us all back some goodies, especially a keg of the coveted, once a year release of Wicked Weed‘s “Menage a Freak”! Also, we wouldn’t mind if you happen to bring us back some Passiflora Blanc and Oblivion Sour Red. We will gladly give you hugs and high fives, maybe even some 919beer schwag! As for the Triangle, let’s get down to business! Friday A perfect end to the work week begins tonight with a couple bottle shop options. The first is heading up to Sam’s Bottle Shop where they will be holding a Thirsty Dog “Reservoir Doges” event, which will feature Thirsty Dog’s Ginger Honey IPA, Cerasus Dog, Saison D’Chardonay, Berliner Weisse and Saison Paw Paw. Food will be served up by Blue Note Grill, and there was mention of a Shiner tasting. Another great option would be to head over to The Wine Merchant in Cary. What they lack in size, they make up for in fun! They will have music, cornhole, commoradery, and of course 4 taps of some great beer to quench your thirst and prepare for the weekend! Saturday We couldn’t have asked for better weather to kick off the two-day NC Hops and Roots Fest in Pittsboro. They will be featuring 5 breweries this year. Carolina Brewery, Lone Rider, Foothills, Top of the Hill, and Bear Creek Brews will be there to pour some local libations on this gorgeous, mid 80’s day! If you are in town, this is a festival you will not want to miss! Just make sure you bring your sunscreen and drink plenty of water. If you’re looking for an adventure, look no further! Downtown Durham is the place to be for a Morehead Manor’s Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt! Yes, we enjoy other things aside from drinking great brew! So add some fun and suspense to your Memorial Day weekend. Discover some of downtown Durham’s unique shops and attractions as you search for clues to help solve the mystery of who killed Diana DuJourn, Durham’s rising star. While you are...

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No. More. Snobs.

Posted by on May 21, 2014

  As we are all aware, Craft Beer is a growing industry. Combine the “Craft Beer Boom” with a little bit of economic recovery we’ve seen over the past few years and you have a recipe for serious capitalism.  It seems like every week we are reading about a new bottle shop and/ or brewery opening up somewhere in the Triangle. To “Craft Beer People” this is great news. However, to those who don’t see themselves as “Craft Beer People,” I often receive eye-rolling responses and comments with keywords like “snob” or “exclusive.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who hears this. Too often, “Craft Beer People” are seen as elitist or highbrow, not to be bothered with conversation unless it’s about IBU and SRM and other abbreviations to make those not in the know feel even more outcast.  And to be honest, I can’t blame people for feeling this way because we all can make them feel this way. Whether it’s through purposeful exclusion in conversation or a lack of customer service by industry professionals, if we as a Craft Beer community aren’t careful, this industry growth we currently enjoy might not continue. Here’s the deal: we’ve all been around or been involved with a person in a conversation who is a name-dropper. He uses people’s first names, lest you mistakenly think he doesn’t have a close association with the subject. The same can be said for some of our Craft Beer friends. I’m sure you all know That Guy in your beer club or local brewery/ bar. He’s the one who monopolizes conversations with all of the knowledge he can spit out, all the while telling you what you should be tasting in the beer, if only the brewer hadn’t put too much damn Crystal in it again. He’s the one who scoffs at you when you hesitatingly tell him you happen to like a certain beer. He tells you that the only reason you like that beer is because your pallet isn’t developed (and because you’re obviously too stupid and unrefined to drink good beer, like him…you know, the kind that apparently makes you a giant douche canoe) or you just haven’t had enough “good beer” yet to know the difference. To That Guy I ask: How many friends do you have? Seriously? There’s probably a reason you have such beer knowledge, and it likely...

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Weekend Tappenings….

Posted by on May 16, 2014

Wow, can you believe we are already heading into the 3rd weekend in May? This month is really flying by and we are heading into a very exciting weekend for NCBeer, 919 Beer, and Craft Beer lovers across the Triangle. Without further delay, let’s get down to business! Friday Growlers and Growlers of Beers, OH MY! Today marks the much anticipated Grand Opening of the first Growler Filling Station in the region. Wait, did I hear that right? Growler Filling Station? Yes! Head up to Durham and check out Growler Grlz; They will be featuring 42 taps of deliciously fresh, hard to get(outside of going to the brewery), local and not so local Craft Beer. So wash out those empties you have building up in your garage, head on over and get filling! Don’t worry if you don’t have any empties; they’ve got you covered, offering both 32oz and 64oz options. Saturday The weather is going to be fantastic Saturday, so get your yard work finished early! Once you’ve cleaned up, head down to Southern Pines for the 5th Annual Moore County Festival of Beers. Event begins at 3pm and featured breweries include Aviator, Big Boss, Bombshell, Double Barley, Lonerider, Oskar Blues, Railhouse Brewery, Triangle Wine and White Sheet. The Festival of Beers anticipates up to 20 North Carolina Breweries pouring over 40 craft beers. You will want to check on availability and purchase your event tickets online…according to the Chamber of Commerce this event has sold out the previous 4 years. If you decide to stick around, then we suggest heading up to Durham’s American Tobacco Trail for the Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure (Only if you’re not afraid). Kicking off at 7:30 pm, this will feature four ghost stories, four pubs, and a whole lot of FUN! If you are looking for a unique downtown Durham experience, this is for you. This 2.5 hour walking tour covers approximately 1 mile. Stopping at four known paranormal locations, the tour tells the time honored haunted ghost story of Durham’s haunted buildings. You learn cool Tobacco Empire history, listen stories and folklore that will amaze you, and enjoy fun pub stops that only Durham can deliver! Sunday Nothing finishes off the weekend like taking in a ballgame and this weekend is no exception! Head over to the DBAP and watch our beloved Bulls take on the Louisville Bats. The DBAP...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on May 9, 2014

Mother’s Day Weekend As we enter the second weekend in May, we can be assured of two things: First:  It’s starting to heat up!  With the weather hitting 90 today and low to mid 80’s this weekend, it feels like spring has passed us by and we are moving right into summer. Second: Sunday is Mother’s Day, so make your Brunch Plans if you haven’t already. Unlike the past few weeks, this weekend slows down as far as events go. But don’t panic; this just means it’s time to get out and visit a brewery or two that you haven’t been to yet!  Here are a few things we found to get you started this weekend… Friday Head on down and visit the ladies at Bombshell. Tonight they will be featuring live music by Cole Roe from 8-10:30pm and the Sol Tacos food truck will be there serving up some tasty Mexican dishes. Saturday If you are a home brewer or have the itch to try it head over to Triangle Brewing Company from 1-2:30pm where they will be hosting a “Grain to Glass” guided tour, showing you the nuances of the brewing process. Then, from 3-6pm, BottleMixx will be hosting a tap takeover by No-Li Brewhouse out of the Pacific Northwest. They will be pouring free samples of of Jet Star Imperial IPA, Silent Treatment Pale Ale, Spin Cycle Red Ale, Sky Rail IPA and Empire #8 Session IPA. They will also most likely have a few surprises under their tap, so don’t miss this one! Sunday Mother’s Day!  From all of us at 919 Beer, we want to wish all the Moms out there a well deserved break and a Happy Mother’s Day! This is where that Brunch I mentioned earlier goes, and if Mom is into yoga…might we suggest heading up to Fullsteam at 10:45 am for an invigorating flow class led by Anna Cordova, RYT. This class is suitable for all levels, experienced practitioners and those new to yoga. Afterwards, grab a cold pint of your favorite brew and you have yourselves a win/win situation! No matter what you choose, as long as it includes great friends and NC Craft Beer you can’t go wrong! Check back with us next week as we continue to let you know “What’s...

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NC Beers at the Bulls Game

Posted by on May 8, 2014

  Last week, a few of us headed up to the DBAP to watch the Bulls play the Columbus Clippers. My main focus, however, was to check out what all the hubbub was about with all the off-season renovations and additions.  So, my plan was very simple: show up early, walk around as much as possible, and come back with as full a beer report as possible. This is what I found… Due to a later start and some backed up traffic on the Durham Freeway, our 6 pm arrival was pushed back to about 6:30. No worries, however, because we were still some of the first fans through the gates. After a somewhat dreary, cloud-filled day, the skies began to clear and it was proving to be a great night to take in a game…while enjoying some NC beer, of course! Upon arrival, my first stop was the stadium shop, where I decided $20ish wasn’t a terrible price to pay to be a fan, so I snagged a new hat to begin my evening as a Bulls fan. After my hat purchase, it was time to grab a beer and get down to business. I must say, the beer choices at the DBAP have vastly improved since I was last there a few years ago. Our first stop was at one of the two Foothills stands. As seen on the bricks, there were four Foothills choices: Pilot Mountain Pale Ale, Hoppyum IPA, Carolina Blonde, and Torch Pilsner. I grabbed a Hoppyum and set out to locate our seats. Once we found our seats, my buddies sat down to get ready for the game to start and I headed out to gather some more intel. Our seats were behind the third base dugout, and my goal was to make it to the right foul area, where I knew the new stuff was waiting for me. On the way, however, there were a few nice beer surprises, like Carolina Brewery‘s Copperline Amber Ale and Bullpen Pale Ale…   And Natty Greene‘s Buckshot Amber and Southern Pale Ale. Next, after climbing some stairs and heading outside to the concourse, I made it to the 42 Bar, where there were even more craft options available, including Carolina Pale Ale, Triangle IPA, and Aviator‘s Devil’s Tramping Ground and HogWild IPA. I decided to grab a Hogwild and hang out for a bit to enjoy the...

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Weekend Tappenings…

Posted by on May 2, 2014

NC Beer Month is over; what do I do? Happy Friday! It’s officially May, and that means, sadly, that NC Beer month is officially over.  April was jam packed full of things to do from beer dinners, tap takeovers, release parties, and of course, all the amazing festivals.  You are probably thinking to yourself, “what am I going to do now?”  Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!  Just because it’s May doesn’t mean the party is over.  This weekend is full of great beer-centric events. Friday: To kick off the weekend, if you are planning to head downtown to see some great art from local artists for First Friday and you find yourself in the Warehouse district, you have two great options: Crank Arm Brewing, where fantastic beer and great people are always available; or you can drop by Tasty Beverage Co for their First Friday Fun Fest, where they always have some great things on tap and an awesome selection of goodies to take home! If you’re in the Morrisville area, stop on by Triangle Wine Co. where Natty Greene’s is taking over from 4-7pm. Saturday: The party continues!  Its Kentucky Derby day, and Bottle Revolution is hosting a Derby party starting at 4:30.  You can also pay a visit to the birthday brewery Gizmo Brew Works, as they turn 1…did someone say smash cake?  They will have tons of things to eat, drink and enjoy as they celebrate from 12-8pm.  Downtown Apex is hosting its annual Peak Fest which is always fun for the whole family.  While you’re down there stop into The Beer Dispensary where Foothills Brewing is taking over the taps and they will be featuring a Cask of dry-hopped Hoppyum IPA. Then the featured event of the weekend, which you surely do not want to miss (because we will be there), is the Aviator Pig Pickin & Pale Ale release party at Aviator Brewing Company, which starts at 3pm on Saturday! There will be live music, smoked pork, and tons of high-fives as we celebrate the official release of the locally grown 919 Pale Ale! Sunday: This day is for rest and relaxation…and the perfect way to accomplish this is head over to Raleigh Brewing Company for Pints and Poses.  It’s a 1.5 hour yoga class held in the taproom, which you can follow up with a refreshing pint to quench your thirst.  If posing for beer doesn’t...

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