Great Suds For Your Taste Buds: 10 of the Best Raleigh Breweries

Great Suds For Your Taste Buds: 10 of the Best Raleigh Breweries

The breadth and quality found in Raleigh’s craft beer scene rivals that of most any North Carolina city. When looking for the perfectly quaffable pint, we suggest you try one of these fantastic Raleigh breweries.

Big Boss Brewing Co.

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A staple of the North Carolina beer scene since 2006, Big Boss Brewing Co. maintains a stable of reliably great flagship beers while offering more experimental brews in limited editions. Their Bad Penny Brown Ale and High Roller IPA appear on tap lists around the state.

1249 Wicker Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604

Aviator Brewing Company

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Founded in 2008 by aviation enthusiast Mark Doble, Aviator Brewing is a true NC brewing success story. Known for non-traditional ales and more experimental brews, Aviator’s small empire now includes a smokehouse and a pizzeria.

209 Technology Park Ln Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Trophy Brewing

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Trophy Brewing produces a ton of beer. Boasting three locations across Raleigh, this creative brewery focuses on pairing beer with food, allowing the brewers to follow their tastebuds wherever they lead. With this much variety, there’s something for everyone.

656 Maywood Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603 (Brewery & Taproom)

827 W. Morgan St. Raleigh, NC 27603 (Brewing + Pizza)

225 Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC 27601 (Tap & Table)

Oak City Brewing Co.

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Founded with focus on community, Knightdale’s Oak City Brewing Co. celebrates the NC beer scene in all its glory. The small brewery offers its own reliable takes on classic beer styles as well as rotating guest taps from breweries all over. The focus, however, remains on North Carolina, from neighborhood to state at large.

616 N First Ave Knightdale, NC 27545

Black Fire Brewing

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This northeast Raleigh nano brewery likes to keep things smooth. Not only does Black Fire Brewing boast some of the smoothest beers in Raleigh, but they keep your gut operating smoothly with their gluten-free offerings. Each of their delicious brews comes in two versions: gluten rich and gluten removed.

2043 Progress Court, Raleigh, NC, 27608

White Street Brewing Co.

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Why fix what ain’t broken? Enamored with the classics, White Street Brewing Co.’s approach is simple: respect the time-honored traditions of brewing. While they do occasionally experiment with traditional styles, like their cranberry Kölsch, White Street mostly sticks with what works. A classic never goes out of style.

218 S. White Street Wake Forest, NC 27587

Clouds Brewing

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A relative newcomer to the explosion of Raleigh breweries, Clouds Brewing has quickly become a favorite in the scene. Focusing primarily on traditional German brews, such as the pilsner, lager, and hefeweizen, Clouds Brewing’s popularity is a testament to elegant simplicity.

126 N West St. Raleigh, NC 27603 (Raleigh Restaurant)

1233 Front St. Raleigh, NC 27609 (Taproom)

905 W Main St. #22 Durham, NC 27701 (Durham Restaurant)

Compass Rose Brewery

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Boasting its designation as North Raleigh’s largest taproom, Compass Rose Brewery keeps its focus squarely on community. The 5,500 square foot taproom, modeled after traditional German beer halls, is the perfect spot for an afternoon outing. Between its spacious hall and IPA-focused tap list, you’re sure to have swell time swilling.

3201 Northside Dr #101, Raleigh, NC 27615

Crank Arm Brewing

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Crank Arm Brewing continues and deepens the community-focused philosophy behind the best Raleigh breweries. Founded in 2012 by a group of cycling enthusiasts, Crank Arm not only offers delicious unfiltered beers, but works with local cycling groups to give back to the Raleigh community.

319 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Nickelpoint Brewing Co.

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If forward thinking beer is what you’re after, look no further than North Raleigh’s Nickelpoint Brewing Co. Their experimental offerings give time honored classics an updated edge. Take a sip of their blueberry blonde ale to cool off during the summer months or curl up with their chocolate-chili stout when the weather cools down.

506 Pershing Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

Thirsty for more North Carolina beer? Check out our NC beer coverage over at the Lifestyle section.