Five Breweries and Five Restaurants to Try in Raleigh, N.C.
Fri, Apr. 21 2017, 6AM by Kristen Baughman
When hunger strikes after beer, don't fear! The Raleigh area has awesome brewery restaurants (check out our list, here!) and fun weekly food truck nights are held at most breweries. But the brewery/food options don't stop there—a plethora of breweries are within walking distance of even more local-favorite food! We have five brewery and restaurant pairings for you to try, especially now that the warmer months are here and walking is encouraged.
Bond Brothers Beer Company and Pizzeria Faulisi
Bond Brothers Beer Company in downtown Cary offers more than 9,000 square feet of brewery, tap room and beer garden to enjoy. With 14 outstanding beers on tap and a robust barrel sour program, they were recently voted "Best New Brewery" in the country in USA TODAY's 10Best. After a few pints (try the Blackberry Raspberry Sorcery, the American Kettle Sour or the Breakfast Variant—an Imperial stout with oats, coffee and cocoa nibs!), head over to Pizzeria Faulisi for Neapolitan pizza.
Freshly-milled flour from Boulted Bread in Raleigh along with Caputo flour from Italy are combined to make this restaurant's unique dough. Pizza options range from the classic margherita pizza with mozzarella, tomato and basil to the salumi pizza with hot soppressata, mozzarella and asiago. We're big fans of this short walk from brewery to pizzeria!
Crank Arm Brewing and Jose and Sons
The Crank Arm Brewing team is passionate about beer—and bikes. The downtown Raleigh brewery has a mission to provide fresh artisan beer while utilizing green transportation methods. Crank Arm has three flagship beers on tap at all times: Rickshaw, a rye IPA; White Wall Wheat, a Belgian-style wit; and Unicycle, an American-style pale ale.
After enjoying a few pints and a game of giant Jenga, head over to Jose and Sons for Mexican food with a Southern twist. A must-try menu item is the Crank Arm Barbacoa. Crank Arm beer and chile-braised brisket is served in a banana leaf with corn tortillas and guacatillo salsa. What a delicious combination and great way to support a neighbor!
Fainting Goat Brewing Company and The Mason Jar Tavern
Fainting Goat Brewing Company, located on Main St. in Fuquay-Varina, provides a variety of high-quality, full-flavored beers in a casual setting. Flagship brews include the Accidental Belgian Dubbel, the Pomegranate Tart Witbier and the Stiff Leg Belgian Tripel. After a few brews and hanging out on the patio, head across the street to The Mason Jar Tavern.
Start off with the pimento cheese dip or the Mason Jar fries, and don't miss the Hangover Burger, which is topped with Bloody Mary mayo, fried egg, sliced avocado, bacon and mild buffalo sauce. If you're in the mood for another beer, the Mason Jar Tavern also has an excellent selection of local craft brews. You may want to go for a walk around the quaint downtown Fuquay-Varina to work off some of the beers and delicious food!
Raleigh Brewing Company and Neomonde Deli
Raleigh Brewing Company's kid- and pet-friendly taproom is open seven days a week. Play darts, cornhole and board games—or just relax on the outdoor patio with a beer in hand. Beers on the menu all year round include the Coffee Hidden Pipe Porter, The Walter Imperial IPA and the House of Clay Rye IPA. (And kids love Raleigh Brewing's root beer!)
When hunger starts building, go for a stroll about 10 minutes down the road to a staple in Raleigh, Neomonde. Founded almost 40 years ago by four brothers who came to America from the mountainous region of northern Lebanon, Neomonde serves delicious Mediterranean food and also offers a small grocery. Menu items not to miss are the hummus and pita bread, falafel and chicken shawarma.
Nickelpoint Brewing Co. and Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery
At the 20-barrel microbrewery with a tasting room in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood, Nickelpoint Brewing Co. preserves European beer styles while using the latest findings in brewing science. Enjoy the Vienna Lager, which has a clean lager finish and a light-to-medium body; the Belgian Golden Ale, complex in flavor with fruity esters and moderate spiciness; and the Blonde Ale, a crisp, refreshing ale with light malt sweetness.
If your sweet tooth begins to strike, Hayes Barton Cafe is a Raleigh institution serving up pies and cakes more than five-and-a-half inches high. A slice of peanut butter mousse pie is not to miss (and even more perfect after you have one of Nickelpoint's porters). Hayes Barton Cafe also offers lunch and dinner with classic cafe offerings like sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs.
Don't forget to print and take your Raleigh Beer Trail Passport when you visit! Get stamps at each brewery to earn prizes!
Author: Kristen Baughman
Kristen Baughman is the founder of Tabletop Media Group, a boutique media agency based in Raleigh and serving clients in the food, beverage and agriculture industries. Her company offers consulting services in the fields of social media, graphic design, illustration, special events, website design and videography. In her free time, you can find her relaxing outside with her dog Cheerwine, writing about food and drink, or at one of the many breweries in the region sipping on a N.C. beer.
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