Kinda just echoing things but hey - some things are worth repeating -
LHBS - American Brewmaster. I have not been to Fifth Season - have had no reason to go. And delivery from Austin Homebre to here is typically on Thursdays for my over the weekend orders - so I kinda consider them my reserve LHBS.
Local Beers - We got'em. READ THIS ARTICLE
from the Raleigh Paper, from just last week.
Water Quality - I dunno. Bottle water is cheap and dependable. i don't trust no guvment water supply ....
Brewclubs - I'm (newly) on the GRABASS mail list - I can tell you I cannot wait to meet the guys in person. ( Missed out on the recent shenanigans due to a migraine )
Any thing else - Folks here are laid back. We like barbecue and beer. And despite the way we love to rail against the Northern Transplants, there are so many we cannot tell them apart anymore - LOL - It's a pretty damn fine place to be.....