Updated April 20, 2017
While lots of the Raleigh, N.C., area breweries feature food trucks or are located near excellent restaurants, there's a good handful of breweries that operate full-service restaurants. Combine dinner and tastings and give these brewery restaurants a try!
Wings and slow-smoked meats are the stars at Aviator Brewing Company's
restaurant, but burger lovers will be happy, too. Wed. is Taco Night, with smoked pork or
chicken tacos, one beer and a side for $6.99. The brewery's Tap House and Beer Shop are both across the street, and the brewery itself is only two
miles down the road. (Tip: If you want to hang out at the Tap House or Beer Shop, you can order from the SmokeHouse!)
From the creators of Bida Manda, Brewery Bhavana
is a brewery, taproom, dim sum restaurant, library and flower shop all
in one in downtown Raleigh. Ultimately, it's a gathering space welcoming people from all
walks of life, backgrounds and futures. A marble wall with more
than 20 taps pours their delicious beers, all of which pair perfectly with dim sum options like shrimp
and fresh corn dumplings, steamed pork buns and fried rice topped with a
Located in downtown Raleigh, Clouds Brewing features 100 beers from all over the world, including the Raleigh area. Grab a burger, wrap, sandwich or salad from the contemporary American menu. Order up the Clouds Burger, a half pound of 50/50 bratwurst and ground chuck topped with stone ground mustard, sauerkraut and white cheddar cheese, served on a toasted pretzel bun!
Lynnwood Grill and Brewing Concern
Lynnwood Grill curbs your appetite with pizza, calzones, burgers, house-made desserts and more. It even has a special kids menu. In this particular case, the restaurant, which is also a great nightlife spot, was
established long before the brewery. Did we mention they won two World Beer Cup medals last year, one for its black IPA and one for its Australian pale ale? All the more reason to visit!
Oak & Dagger Public House
At Oak & Dagger Public House, there's no separating the food from the beer. The food menu, dubbed Southern fusion, often turns to beer as an ingredient (you'll find Beer Butter Mahi and Stout Braised Short Rib on the entree list). The massive restaurant, a converted warehouse on the north end of downtown Raleigh, won't let you forget you're inside a brewery. Beer bottles hang from the ceiling, and a large glass wall is all that separates you from the fermentation tanks. At any time you'll find more than a dozen of their mainstay and rotating specialty beers on tap (plus more at their bottleshop next door).
Trophy Brewing Company
Named the "Best Pizzeria in N.C." by Thrillist, Trophy Brewing Company does beer and pizza as well as anyone (and secretly has some of the best desserts in Raleigh when you can find them on the menu). The dozen or so mainstay pizzas on the menu come with a wide variety of bases—fire-roasted tomato sauce, garlic extra virgin olive oil, vegan mashed potato puree, basil pesto etc.—and the posting of the two daily special pizzas to Instagram is highly-anticipated each day by locals. You can't go wrong with anything from the constantly-rotating seasonal draft list.
Trophy Tap & Table
Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, Trophy Brewing Company's Trophy Tap & Table
is one-part craft beer bar, one-part Southern-inspired kitchen. A
diverse menu coupled with a rooftop patio and event space offer up an
awesome dining experience. Rotisserie chicken is a big focus,
and is served with your choice of homemade sauces like the Alabama
white, beer mustard or spicy sambal. There are also great options for
vegetarians like the papaya BBQ jackfruit tacos.
Don't forget to print and take your Raleigh Beer Trail Passport when you visit! Get stamps at each brewery to earn prizes!