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Old 05-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #21
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leaving this morning. can't wait for some delicious beer and bbq

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #22
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are there any other cool activities in the area that I should be aware of? This trip was really a last minute thing and I've only passed through that area and the wife's never been so pardon my ignorance

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #23
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Check out:

http://goliveworkplay.com/raleigh/downtown

The NC Beer and Band Festival is this weekend. Never been to it. Lately, there's so many beer festivals you can't possibly hit them all.

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:34 PM   #24
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Check out:

http://goliveworkplay.com/raleigh/downtown

The NC Beer and Band Festival is this weekend. Never been to it. Lately, there's so many beer festivals you can't possibly hit them all.
Awesome thanks!

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:35 PM   #25
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The World Beer Festival was last month...I always have a great time at that. It's not beer related, but they just finished updating the museum in down town. I haven't checked it out since renovations started, but I've heard some good things. In case it's raining and your wife doesn't want to do beer stuff.

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:06 PM   #26
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Oh dang, I forgot about Draft. I've been trying to promote the crap out of that place. They have amazing burgers made with all local ingredients. On Saturday's, they have bottomless mugs for $20. Oh, its mostly craft beer too. They have 44 taps and at least 2/3 are craft and probably 20+ are local. You can't beat drinking craft beer all night for $20.

http://draftraleigh.com/beer/

 
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #27
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In Raleigh, check out Big Boss Brewing (Great Beer!) or Natty Greens (okay beer, good food!). Lot's of little bars that are also excellent as well. Flying Saucer has a ridiculous variety of beer - pretty much anything you can think of, and servers in short skirts never hurt. For BBQ, The Pit is pretty renowned and is definitely excellent. All these places are literally 5 - 10 minutes away from each other. Enjoy the city, it's a great town.

I would avoid Boylan Bridge. It has the best ambiance and view of the downtown of any restaurant or bar in the Raleigh, but their beer is awful IMO. Each beer tastes exactly the same regardless of style. It's disappointing, because in their location they could really be something special.

Agreed, definitely skip Boylan. All of their beers have an "off" flavor to me, I'm not sure what it is. But they all taste very similar and regardless of style they're all ~5% ABV. It's like they're purposely trying to brew the most boring, mediocre beers possible. I've been there 3-4 times so I feel like I've given them a fair shake, I'll never go back.

And definitely eat at The Pit, excellent BBQ. My favorite local breweries are Aviator and Roth. If you like Belgian style beers you have to have Aviator's Devils Tramping Ground Tripel. Their Hot Rod Red is also excellent.
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:27 PM   #28
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thanks for all the suggestions guys, we had a great time...ended up going to the flying saucer which was a really cool place. also ate at the pit which was fantastic. we were going to hit up a brewery but it never ended up happening. it's a really nice city, we were really surprised how quiet and clean it is. we're used to the constant smell of urine in the city (new york). everything's so cheap too

 
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:41 PM   #29
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Yep it's a great place to live and work. It's supposed to blow up in the next few years but it's a great location. Only a few hours drive to the mountains or the beach.

 
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