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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