Petey Pablo partners with Raleigh brewery

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Hip hop artist and North Carolina native Petey Pablo has teamed up with Neuse River Brewing to bring you "Petey's Pale Ale." 

Pablo, whose real name is Moses Barrett III, spoke with CBS 17 about the beer which he said comes in a "magical" can.  Check out the video clip above to hear more of that he has to say about "Petey's Pale Ale."

It goes on sale May 5. Neuse River Brewing is located at 518 Pershing Road in Raleigh.

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.