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Postby Cabin Joe » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:45 am

Taking a vacation to Top Sail Beach in July. I will be stopping in Raleigh to pick up two kegs on the way. Need some recos (or warnings) on breweries and their particular styles. Would like to buy something local or at least within the region if possible.

Our family likes pale ales, but can also mix it up with wheat beers, IPA's, or another style if it's good.

Here's the place I plan on going to:
http://www.collegebeverage.com/beer.php

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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Brewtime » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:01 am

Stay away form Mother Earth Brewing and Weeping Radish

Duck-Rabitt smf Carolina Brewery make solid Beers
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby rplace » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:53 am

Agree on Carolina good stuff.

I really like Weeping Radish, more of a German slant from what I have had/remember but can't ever recall not like anything I had from them. Drew, what was your beef with them? They have soem dark beer that is their signature, black radish I think. At a minimum try that as I think it is a good representation of the style and you don't find many dark lagers around.

Dominion is across the border in VA, never had anything terrible from them...but not memorable either. I'd pick up a 6-er or two just to have something from the area.

Abita is on the site's list, not from NC but if you don't get it in your area worth a try.

Flying Dog is from my (and Drew's) neck of the woods a few hours north in Maryland. I happen to really like Raging b**ch, I find it very unique. Also Doggie Style is good. All the bottles have great art work and names that push the limit. Throw in a mixed case and your guests will get a good laugh.

Not sure if you get New Belgium products in your area if not they are all over NC.

Be sure and report back.
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Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Brewtime » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:57 am

Rich have you been to the brewery in the last few years. I was there 2 summers ago when we were at the Outer Banks the beer was not that good. I have others say the same.

When I was there they had an IPA made with all ingredients from NC. When I ordered it the guy behind the bar wanted to know how I liked it. I told him its not very IPAish . His response yeah we get a lot of that response. Their. swartzbier was good but the rest were just Meh.


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Postby rplace » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:07 pm

I know I have never had their IPA. Not stopped off at the brewery either. On the way down eager to get to house on the way home want to get home. I tend to get them at any restaurant I see them in bottles or on tap which is not a ton...as I like to get the local brews where ever I happen to be. The two or three I can recall having were all malty German inspired beers, nothing Imperial, extra, double or over the top. Perhaps that is what they do best. Cabin Joe. Take my tasting notes with a grain of salt 99% of the time I am in OBX I am drunk, on my way there or hung over :D

Drew, Did you get anything from the butcher? I hear that stuff is quite good. Maybe they should stick to food and not beer. :wink:
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby tookalisten » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:49 pm

I too like Carolina Brewing. They make a nice, easy drinking Pale Ale and their IPA is pretty good too. I often pick these up when buying beer.

I see they have Terrapin Rye Pale Ale too. That is a nice summer beer as well.
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Postby Brewtime » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:47 pm

I have eaten there and it is good. Rich did you know that Weeping Radish was once brewed by Clipper City now Heavy Seas.


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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby rplace » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:48 pm

Brewtime wrote:I have eaten there and it is good. Rich did you know that Weeping Radish was once brewed by Clipper City now Heavy Seas.


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I did not, they contract brewed it up here for the OBX owners?

Up until a few years ago they did. Then HS quit the contract brewing part of their business.
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Cabin Joe » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:21 pm

Thanks, guys. I noticed Carolina on the list and checked out their website. Seemed to be a good bet and the few thumbs up noted here have pushed it over the edge for me.

Will have to think about New Belgium too. Not in distribution around Cincinnati yet, but I've been to the brewery and always buy their beers if I see them. The Ranger IPA is quite nice.

Will post back on how it goes, though knowing our crew it will be a great time.

Now, which bourbon to bring...:)
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Postby Brandon » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:28 pm

Hoppyum from Foothills brewing and Hop, Drop and Roll from NoDa Brewing Company are both pretty awesome. Hoppyum gets the edge though
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Cabin Joe » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:45 am

Need some clarification. Is the "Carolina" that was recommended this one:

Carolina Brewery
http://www.carolinabrewery.com/seasonal_beers.html

or this one?

Carolina Brewing Company
http://www.carolinabrew.com/our-beer

The place I'm getting them from appears to carry both. I'm leaning towards Carolina Brewery based on their descriptions, web site, and what I think you guys meant.

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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby rplace » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:18 am

Carolina Brewery has the labels/logo I remember. Carolina Brewing Company does not ring any bells visually.
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Brewtime » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:17 am

Carolina Brewing is what I have had the one with the Lion on the label
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby rplace » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:35 am

Brewtime wrote:Carolina Brewing is what I have had the one with the Lion on the label


Ha! Looks like you need to buy twice the beer there CJoe. 8)
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Re: Need reco on NC brew/brewery

Postby Cabin Joe » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:49 am

Yes! And I'll have two good breweries to buy from :P
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