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peripatetic 03-15-2010 08:01 PM

Best beer stores in raleigh -- commercial beer selection, not homebrewing
Hey all,

I'll be working in Raleigh during the week for the next month or so, and I'm wondering where I should go for the best selection of local, national, and world beers.

I've heard that Peace Street Market (near where I'll be working) and Team Beverage (near where I'll be staying) are both good. Any other suggestions/comments?

(FYI, I've already found J. Betski's, which has an AMAZING selection of rare German beers. If you haven't been there yet, you must try it. The food is outstanding, and the beer selection is ridiculous (as long as you like German beers).)


peripatetic 03-15-2010 08:04 PM

OK, edit, Team Beverage is NOT close to where I'll be staying. After google-mapping it, I realize that I was misinformed. Is it still worth visiting if it is 25-30 minutes away? I'll be staying near Lynn Lake (near Creedmore & Lynn St.)

KingBrianI 03-15-2010 08:14 PM

J. Betski's is awesome. I had a kellerbier there a while back that was outstanding. I didn't note the name and the next time I went back they didn't have it. I wish I had wrote it down so I could look for it elsewhere.

Anyway, if you don't mind driving, try to make it out to Durham. http://samsquikshop.com/ has a huuge beer selection. North Carolina, US craft beers, and international beers are all well represented. I think it's supposed to be the best selection in North Carolina. It really is worth the drive. Don't let the appearance outside fool you, this place is a treasure trove inside.

DirtyPolock 03-15-2010 08:37 PM

Agree with Sam's Quick shop. If you want to buy beer to take home this is a great location.

If you want to go out to a pub/bar I haven't had a problem with Tyler's taproom. I know that the one on Durham has about 50 beers on tap.

If you don't want to make it out to durham try a Total Wine & more store. You can buy six packs or mix and match your own six pack.

peripatetic 03-15-2010 09:23 PM

Thanks for the tip! I definitely don't mind driving to Durham. Not to hijack my own thread, but are there any upcoming homebrew or other beer-related events in the area that happen during the week (Mon - weds. evenings) in the next 3-4 weeks?

(Also, @KingBrianI: that is an awesome list of brews you've got going on.)

Professor Frink 03-15-2010 11:13 PM

+1 on Sam's. You'll have a hard time beating that selection.

DaveO 03-15-2010 11:41 PM

Sam's Quick Stop is the best in the area for bottle variety. Peace St. is next. Team Beverage is owned by the son of the Peace St. Market, but their selection and turn over is not as good.
The Flying Saucer is great for a beer bar, as is Tyler's in Durham.
There are several local breweries where you can get a growler filled. My favs are Aviator in Fuquay-Varina, Big Boss in Raleigh, Lone Rider in Raleigh, Triangle Brewing in Durham.
I believe on Thursdays Aviator Brewing releases a cask conditioned ale, w/ a real beer engine.
Raleigh Times bar has a great selection of Belgian brews.
Natty Greens just opened a brew pub in DT Raleigh
Raleigh has a great up and coming beer scene, you can usually find local craft beers on tap at most restaurants/bars, and the micro breweries are popping up everyday.
Have fun in town, I know I do.


peripatetic 03-16-2010 04:35 AM

I went to Peace Street Market and was quite happy! Still no Russian River beers to be found, but I guess that is too much to ask. I thought their selection overall was outstanding. I picked up a couple of Dogfish Head 4-packs (they don't distribute in my area yet). I'll go back to try some of their other stuff soon!

Then I went to Raleigh Times tonight on a recommendation for an inexpensive but tasty dinner. I asked if they had any good beers, and the guy just smiled and handed me the largest Belgian selection I've ever seen, plus an impressive selection of other craft bombers. Holy crap.

Reddheadedstepchild 03-16-2010 05:00 AM

The flying saucer is close. They are good folks there. I dont know if they still do it but tues nights used to be 2.00 pint nights. The last time I was in there they had alot on tap and a large bottle selection as well. The food there is hit or miss. But the beer is good as is the conversation.

Reddheadedstepchild 03-16-2010 05:04 AM

Also if you want some good pizza check out the mellow musheroom. Have fun and enjoy the area.


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