There are over 25 craft breweries in the Raleigh area and every year seems to bring new players to the local craft beer scene. In 2017, the Raleigh brewing community welcomed Brewery Bhavana and Brice Brewing! Raleigh brewers have access to fresh local ingredients and, most importantly, a close-knit community that’s passionate about beer and help each other out.

In this short guide, we’ll give you an overview of the best Raleigh breweries, bottle shops, and beer bars – everything you need to know about the Raleigh craft beer scene!

Best Raleigh Breweries

Big Boss Brewing

Founded in 2007, Big Boss Brewing is a Raleigh institution. It’s best-known beers include Angry Angel, Bad Penny, and Harvest Time. The brewery also hosts many popular beer events, including Casktoberfest, Strange Cargo, and Stout Wars

Lonerider Brewing Company

Lonerider Brewing Company is another very well-known Raleigh brewery. You’ve probably tried its most famous beer, Shotgun Betty! Lonerider often features special casks and food trucks at its brewery.

Raleigh Brewing Company

Raleigh Brewing Company opened in 2013 and is the first woman-owned brewery in the entire state! Kristie Nystedt’s mission is “to embrace the City of Oaks (Raleigh) with every beer brewed” and that is undoubtedly reflected when you visit the brewery. The walls are covered in murals that serve as tributes to our beautiful city. If you get inspired to brew your own beer during your visit, Atlantic Brew Supply is right next door!

Little City Brewing

Little City Brewing is located in the Glenwood South area and is still new to the Raleigh beer scene. The crew at Little City Brewing makes delicious craft cocktails in addition to creative brews. Try the Latte Stout or the Jalapeno Serrano Ale.

Want to visit all the Raleigh breweries? Check out the Raleigh Beer Trail. Drinking craft beer is its own reward, but if you visit a certain number of breweries within a year you get a few other cool prizes!

Best Raleigh Bottle Shops

Bottle Revolution

Bottle Revolution has several locations around the Triangle and features a fantastic selection of bottled beers from North Carolina and beyond. Want to sip on a beer while you browse? Bottle Revolution’s draft list never disappoints!

Tasty Beverage

Located in the Warehouse District, Tasty Beverage is one of the most popular bottle shops in the entire city. It always has great beers on tap for you to sip on while you browse its amazing selection of bottled beers.

Pelagic Beer & Wine

Pelagic Beer & Wine opened in 2015 bear the Oakwood neighborhood. It’s a little off the beaten path, but it offers a great selection of bottled beers and wine.

Best Raleigh Beer Bars

Raleigh Beer Garden

If you love beer, your first stop should be Raleigh Beer Garden, which holds the world record for most beer taps, 366 to be exact!

Clouds Brewing

Clouds Brewing features a self-serve wall of beer taps known as The Downpour! Ask your server for a bracelet. Hold it up to the beer you want and just like magic, the tap engages, and you are pouring your own beer. It’s a great way to try a variety of beers if you aren’t sure what you want. Clouds Brewing also makes its own beer.

State of Beer

State of Beer is a beer bar, bottle shop, and sandwich shop all rolled into one! It always features interesting beers on tap and has a great selection of bottled beers to browse and take home.

Other notable beer bars include Village Draft House and Flying Saucer, which both boast an impressive number of beer taps. All of the breweries, bottle shops, and beer bars on this list feature events throughout the year, but the main event is Raleigh Beer Week.

Raleigh Beer Week typically takes place in September and features beer-related events, special cask tappings, beer dinners, and a lot more!

So what are some of your favorite local craft breweries in Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

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