Crafting the perfect drink
Whether you prefer local-produced craft beer, wine or distilled spirits, Raleigh, N.C., has the spot for you. Our craft beverage scene is alive with unique stories of innovation and collaboration, plus some really tasty sips.
From the heart of Raleigh to our surrounding communities, the energy and creativity of the craft beer movement is in full swing. With more than 25 local options, we thought we’d pour a flight for you to sample.
Aviator Brewing Company—Aviator was founded to provide fine ales, seasonal releases and barrel-aged ales in N.C. Brewery tours are offered or you can get samples at Aviator Brewing Tap House.
Brice’s Brewing Company—“Wonky, but it works!” That’s what Yelp reviewer B.R. had to say about the location in an older business mall.
Brüeprint Brewing Company—Head to Apex for a spot where they “continually put out well-thought-out local beers, including seasonals.” —TripAdvisor review from jermsshan
Carolina Brewing Company—They’ve been brewing since 1995 making them one of the oldest in the state. Check out the free tours every Sat.
Fortnight Brewing Company—Mind your Ps and Qs with traditional English-style beers that utilize both premium U.K. and U.S. ingredients.
Neuse River Brewing Company—Order up a Belgian-style ale, an IPA or one of the experimental brews at a place that incorporates sustainable practices.
Trophy Brewing Company—A three-barrel nano brewery in downtown Raleigh featuring a full bar and growlers to go. Their beer is something, often unique, and always tasty.
Wine me up
Local winemakers are working their magic with muscadine grapes and traditional vinifera grapes from on-site vineyards.
Adams Vineyards and Winery—Once a tobacco and cotton farm, now the 8th generation of the family farms muscadine grapes and fruits.
Chatham Hill Winery—Established in 1999, the winery produces European-style wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cloer Family Vineyards—An interest in home wine-making has expanded, but the feeling is still warm and inviting.
Neusiok Wines—A boutique winery that specializes in creating custom wines and personalized labels.
The spirits may be brewed in small batches, but the energy level is anything but small at our local distilleries. Passionate folks are bottling up liquid goodness for you to enjoy.
Lassiter Distilling Company—Taste the results of a corporate background traded in for Southern roots with a recipe that blends “time-honored tradition and a clever dose of troublemaking.”
Oak City Amaretto—It’s around-the-globe influences with a Sicilian grandmother’s recipe and a proud Navy career that you’ll taste in every sip.
Oaklee Distilling Co.—What happens when sweet potatoes and corn come together to create vodka? You’ll have to find out for yourself with Boots Vodka Troop Strength.
Pinetop Distillery—Does it take backgrounds in engineering and biochemistry to make moonshine? Well, it doesn’t hurt.
Raleigh Rum Company—White, spiced, sweet dark… and all oak-aged. You’ll be singing “Yo ho ho!” for sure.
Seventy Eight °C Spirits—It’s all about citrus with sweet and spicy blends of Limoncello, Jalapeño Limoncello and Blood Orangecello.
Raleigh Beer Trail—Hit the trail to visit breweries from Wake Forest to Raleigh to Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina. Check in at breweries you visit in the Raleigh area and earn prizes. The more you visit, the more prizes you’ll earn.
42 & Lawrence—Try a pull from the draft latte selection or order an espresso. It’s all tasty.
134 E. Martin St., Moore Square, Raleigh, 919.322.1668
Benelux Coffee—Looking for a coffee shop that serves made-to-order Belgian waffles, Belgianstyle biers and is also a gathering place for cyclists? Found it!
402 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, 919.900.8294
Bittersweet—Coffee meets whiskey and rum, and all is well with the world. Pair your choice with cheese, a pretzel or pie… definitely the pie.
16 E. Martin St., Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, 919.977.3829
Common Grounds Coffee House—It’s coffee and a chuckle with specialty flavors like Caramanilla (caramel & vanilla) and Nutty Irishman (macadamia nut, toffee nut and Irish cream).
219 N. Salem St., Ste. 101, Apex, 919.387.0873
Jubala Coffee—The Jubala experience is one that extends beyond the cup to the customer. They invite you to craft yours.
8450 Honeycutt Rd., Ste. 104, Raleigh, 919.758.8330
2100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 919.792.1767
Lorraine’s Coffee House—Want some bluegrass music with your cappuccino? You’ve come to the right place. They even have a church service.
101 Timber Pointe Ln., Garner, 919.714.7990
Sir Walter Coffee—True superhero powers. A coffee bar by day. A bar with coffee by night. Cape sold separately.
145 E. Davie St., Moore Square, Raleigh, 919.322.0019
Sommelier’s Roast—When the owner and coffee roaster is also a certified sommelier, you know the experience is going to be memorable.
3700 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 150, Raleigh, 919.526.1790
Been there. Roasted that.
Raleigh Coffee Company operates under the coffee-driven motto “We serve, you conquer.” Thanks to their local connections, you can enjoy a brew at many area restaurants, coffee shops and cafés. :: raleighcoffeecompany.com
Pick me up
When that afternoon lull starts creeping, and your eyelids start drooping, it’s time for a sugar rush. Good thing we have sweet treats around almost every corner.
Amorino—A truly decadent selection of gelato flavors to include Tiramisu, Sicilian Citrus and Vaniglia Bourbon del Madagascar.
137 E. Davie St., Moore Square, Raleigh, 919.239.4411
The Cupcake Shoppe—Eleven cupcake varieties plus a flavor of the week. Doughnuts aren’t the only thing to buy by the dozen.
104 Glenwood Ave., Glenwood South, Raleigh, 919.821.4223
Duck Donuts—Start with a coating. Pick a topping. Choose a drizzle. So many possibilities!
100 Wrenn Dr., Ste. 101, Cary, 919.468.8722
8323 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh, 919.847.3800
Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery—Rumor is they also serve lunch and dinner, but we’re fixated on the cakes and pies.
2000 Fairview Rd., Five Points, Raleigh, 919.856.8551
lucettegrace—Look for the Milk + Cookies éclair. Chocolate chip cookie dough mouselline, vanilla milk Chantilly and chocolate chip cookie.
235 S. Salisbury St., Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, 919.307.4950
Yellow Dog Bread Company—Look for unique items on the menu like a white wine-poached pear and frangipane brioche tart.
219 E. Franklin St., Raleigh, 984.232.0291
Kyle Ramage and Lemeul Butler Coffee Champions
David Sedaris doesn’t just tell a funny story, and Kyle Ramage and Lemeul Butler don’t just brew a cup of coffee. They’re what you call champions, and they have the titles to back it up. Lem is the 2016 U.S. Barista Champion, and Kyle holds that honor for 2017. Lem placed fourth globally at the 2016 World Barista Championship; Kyle placed sixth in 2017.
That’s right, for two years running the national champion was right here in the Raleigh area, not in New York or San Francisco. We’re kind of proud of that! And now you can enjoy a taste of their combined talent. The pair teamed up last year to buy a local coffee shop, which they renamed Black & White Coffee Roasters. Together they serve a carefullycurated selection of coffees from around the globe.
314 Brooks St., Wake Forest, 919.757.2307