Aviator Brewing Company started brewing beer in an airplane hangar at Triple W Airport in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and opened its hangar doors in Nov. 2008

The brewery moved in Apr. 2010 to a larger, 23,000-square-foot building in Fuquay-Varina and added a hangar to the new building to create a bar. You'll notice many model airplanes and pictures of airplanes throughout the brewery. The brewery bar hours are Thurs. and Fri., 5-9pm, Sat., 3-9pm, and Sun., noon-7pm.

IMG_7576While you're visiting the brewery for a fresh N.C. beer, make sure you take a tour. The brewery recently started using grain from Farm Boy Farms in Pittsboro, N.C., to brew beer. Aviator Brewing Company will be featuring a new pale ale created with the local N.C. grain. Lucky for me, I was there for the brewery's first grain shipment and got to meet the farmer!

IMG_7568While on a brewery tour, you'll have the opportunity to see the canning process. Aviator cans roughly 70 cans per minute, using their own canning line.

IMG_7569It was astounding to see the many cans Aviator Brewing Company goes through in the matter of just a few weeks!

IMG_7583Brewery tours are on Thurs. and Fri. at 6:30pm, and on Sat., 4-6:30pm (the last tour starts at 6:30pm). After your brewery tour, make sure to try a few of Aviator Brewing Company's brews. There are many options like the Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel, HogWild IPA, BlackMamba Oatmeal Stout and more!