Former White Street head brewer starts new brewery in Raleigh

A new brewery is coming to Raleigh. But don’t expect to pull up a seat at the bar any time soon because there won't be a taproom – at least for its first year.

A group of diverse beer industry enthusiasts have created 1323 R&D, which is experimenting with new recipes and ideas that will be hitting local bars in the next few weeks. The brewery is led by former Lonerider and White Street brewer Ian VanGundy and a group of five others who have worked with local distributor R.A. Jeffreys.

VanGundy has received many accolades in the brewing industry during his past two endeavors, including gold medals in the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival and the U.S. Open Beer Championship. He was also recognized as one of the 30 under 30 brewers in the country back in 2013 by All About Beer Magazine.

“The team covers a few different demographics and diversities,” VanGundy says. “We’re not just a group of dudes looking for the next beer hype.”


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The wait is over as Brewery Bhavana brings beer, dumplings to downtown Raleigh

What started as a collaboration among new friends and has evolved into Brewery Bhavana – a unique restaurant in downtown Raleigh with craft beer, dim sum, flower shop and bookstore – is opening tonight.

Vansana Nolintha, one of the three owners, said Brewery Bhavana will open at 5 p.m. with limited seating in the dining room to allow the kitchen time to ease into its menu of dim sum.

But, he said, the taproom is ready to go and will serve almost all of the beers created by owner and brewmaster Patrick Woodson. There also will be beers from Triangle breweries Trophy Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery and Ponysaurus Brewing.

“I’m feeling great,” said Nolintha Wednesday morning. He and his sister, Vanvisa Nolintha, own Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant, next door. She is the third owner of Brewery Bhavana.

“We’re excited, we’re nervous, all the feelings,” he said. “It’s an important, meaningful project for us.”

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Big Boss Brewing Announces Set Of Oak-Aged Ales

Raleigh, NC  — From the “Strange Cargo” series of oak aged ales Big Boss Brewing announces a trio of bottle releases.

Capturing the earthiness of brettanomyces, Brett Belle employs our Belgian ale, Hell’s Belle, as a catalyst to a dry funk finish.  Approximately 120 days of conditioning in oak wine barrels gave way to a complete transformation to a distinctive barnyard flavor. 7% Alc By Vol

A new version of Prometheus Unbound we took our 8% stout base and aged it in oak bourbon barrels with cherries!  Dark malt & chocolate notes blend with an added dimension of oak and Virginia bourbon melding together for it’s final presentation.

Our continuing sour offering, Saints & Sinners aged in oak foedres for six or more months.  S&S is a Flanders inspired ale that captures a refreshing fruit and oak qualities of the vessel. Brewed with corn from Yates Mill, one of the oldest working stone mills in the country (established around 1756) is right here in Raleigh. 5% Alc By Vol

Raleigh Band And Brewery Team Up For Beer Release

The indie, roots rockers’ free event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at Trophy on Maywood, 656 Maywood Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The band is releasing a new music video shot with FuckBullshitCreateTruth and the brewery is releasing the “Pretty Money” Baltic Porter brew.

According to the event Facebook page, “this Baltic Porter displays a velvety mouthfeel with rich chocolate overtones and notes of coffee and hard caramel candies on the finish. Brewed with Durham malted Munich Light Malt and our house lager yeast.”

Band co-founder George Hage describes the “Pretty Money” video as a collection of footage inspired by old field recordings of individuals connected by the music.


Raleigh Named in Top 10 Beer Cities!

Raleigh Named in Top 10 Beer Cities by business data and analytics provider Infogroup

See the study here!   


Where do beer or wine drinkers live, and what kind of lifestyles do they lead? In an ongoing series of consumer and business insights, Infogroup ranked top beer and wine cities in the U.S., utilizing Infogroup’s verified business database of more than 15 million records. The study analyzed U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs1) of more than 1 million in population based on their concentration of beer and wine businesses per 10,000 residents. Further, each metro area was classified as a beer or wine city based on which is more prevalent in that metro area. Finally, Infogroup compared consumer demographics and interests between beer and wine cities and the top 10 of both based on Infogroup’s consumer database of more than 150 million households.

The types of industries targeted as being closely related to beer businesses were:

breweries including craft and microbreweries
beer and ale – retail

Brice’s Brewing Company Receives Permit

From N&O: Brice’s Brewing Company receives permit.

Craft brew lovers in this town have been logging miles to Raleigh for some time now to satisfy their cravings. But soon, they’ll be able to grab their homemade beer close to home.

The Garner Town Council unanimously voted to approve a special use permit for Brice’s Brewing Company at their council meeting Tuesday night. Expected to open this summer, Brice’s Brewing will become the first brewery in Garner. Other Triangle towns are also seeing craft breweries pop up in their towns as well. There was no opposition from council members. The few questions that were asked surrounded parking.

The brewery will be located on 1822 Garner Station Boulevard, off U.S. 401. The hours of operation will be Wednesday through Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. They will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.  It will have a tap room and a service area.


History of the Big Boss Brewing brewery and those before it!

From the News & Observer

Big Boss Brewing Co. was founded 10 years ago, but the building in which it is housed held five others before it showed up. The first tenant, Tomcat Brewing Co., opened 20 years ago in 1996. Founded by namesake Thom Tomlinson, Tomcat specialized in English-style beers bearing feline-inspired labels, such as Cougar Pale Ale, Bengal India Pale Ale and Lionheart Scottish Ale.

Though the young brewery ambitiously started distributing its beers in bottles and draft throughout the state, it closed its doors the next year. The mid-’90s saw breweries opening at record rates, but many would close around the turn of the century.

Pale Ale Brewery replaced Tomcat Brewing , but was just as short-lived. That brewery closed in 1999. Then Rock Creek Brewing had its turn. Though it would be many years before Big Boss Brewing set up shop, this is where Brad Wynn – the brewmaster at Big Boss – entered the picture. Rock Creek Brewing was founded in Virginia but also brewed under contract in Pennsylvania. Wynn was brewing beers for them on the weekends in Pennsylvania while he was working for another brewery in Virginia.


North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries Book Released

Winston-Salem, N.C. – The expanded and updated second edition of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries by Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke is the most complete guide to the North Carolina craft beer scene. At the heart of the book are short profiles of 136 North Carolina breweries stretching from the mountains to the coast. From small nanobreweries to regional players, quirky brewpubs to polished production facilities, these authors provide the most comprehensive picture to date of North Carolina’s quickly evolving craft beer scene. The book contains each brewery’s story, told by the brewers themselves, as well as its history and the vision of its founders. A short historical overview of brewing in the state from the colonial period through Prohibition and to the present day, introductions to the brewing process and beer styles, and sidebars about hop farming, expansion breweries, and brewing in higher education combine to make this a reference for anyone interested in beer or beer tourism.

Going beyond the usual regional guidebook, the second edition also serves as an introduction for newcomers to the craft beer movement with a glossary of beer-related terms, a beer-styles reference section, and an introduction to craft beer and how it is made. Locals and tourists alike can use the brewery profiles to find locations, contact information, hours of operation, and tour times.

When Erik Lars Myers, president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, wrote the first edition in 2012, profiling 45 breweries, his goal was to use the book to help North Carolina become an East Coast destination for beer. Four years later, North Carolina has exceeded expectations with its growing and thriving craft beer industry. North Carolina breweries have won more medals from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival than any other southern state. These breweries are leading the craft beer movement in the South and distributing their popular brews to other states. North Carolina now has roughly 10,000 jobs related to craft beer and the industry brings in an estimated $1.2 billion a year.

Now joined by his wife and fellow beer enthusiast, Sarah H. Ficke, Erik has taken on the challenge to expand North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries to cover the current market and legacy that North Carolina is creating. With more than triple the brewery profiles, the second edition seeks to encourage beer tourism throughout North Carolina.

ERIK LARS MYERS is the president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild and the founder, CEO, and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, NC.

SARAH H. FICKE received her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. In 2011, she put her academic research skills to work uncovering the history of brewing in the Tar Heel State for the first edition of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries. They live in Durham, NC.

JOHN F. BLAIR, PUBLISHER has been publishing books on the southeastern United States since 1954 and distributes books for nearly 35 independent presses, including Lookout Books, Hub City Press, and NewSouth Books. Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this independent, family-owned company specializes in history, travel, folklore, biography, and fiction. Learn more at

Flying Saucer Anniversary Party 04/09

Flying Saucer 16th Anniversary party 04/09 featuring these rare and one off beers
(328 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601)

Sierra Nevada BA Rain Check
Lonerider 2013 Hangman
Foothills Jade IPA CASK w/Coconut, Ginger, and Meyer Lemon
Troegs Raspberry Gose
North Coast XVIII Barrel Aged Rye Old Rasputin
Allagash Avance
Victory 10 Year Alt
Terrapin Barrel Aged Peotch
Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast
Bell’s Deb’s Red Firkin
Unknown Awkward in Aukland
Oskar Blues Chaka Belgian Pale
Stone Xocoveza Charred
Anderson Valley Featherleggy Bulrusher
Big Boss Horsefly Sour
Wicked Weed S’Mores Stout
Sweetwater Imperial Stout
Green Flash Short Stack
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Boulevard Rye On Rye On Rye
Wicked Weed Amorous
Brooklyn Old Fashioned
Bell’s Oatmeal Stout
Lagunitas Sucks