Thanks to everyone who joined our wonderful Oktoberfest celebrations, and congrats to the winners of steinholding and costume contests!
We’re turning 1! What better way to celebrate than with a 1 Year Anniversary Extravaganza! Join us Saturday June 16th for an all day party. Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck will be here for lunch (1-4:30pm) & Baguetteaboutit will be here for dinner (5-8pm)! We will have live music (Billy Strathman during the afternoon and Madd Elaine during the evening) and Raffle giveaways every half hour!
We’re highlighting NC breweries on the tap wall and have some unique brews that you can’t find anywhere else in the triangle! Raleigh Brewing, Brueprint, Gizmo, Southern Pines, Mother Earth, Fullsteam, Double Barrel, Big Boss and more will all have representatives and swag throughout the day. We’ll also have a few fun summer wines for tasting, (Cans?! Iced Champagne?! You’ve gotta try this stuff!)
Additionally, our anniversary will herald big changes…
NEW SUMMER HOURS
(We’ll be open 7 days a week starting June 17th)
Sundays – Noon until 8pm
Mondays Through Thursdays – Noon Until 9pm – We’ve extended the weekday hours one more hour!
Fridays And Saturdays- Noon Until 10pm – Same as it’s been.
Hello All! We’ll be closed for Easter Sunday to spend time with family and friends. Have a great holiday and we will see you on Tuesday! (Wandering Moose will be here for Food Truck Tuesday!
We’re super excited to share a great wine tasting this week. We’ll be going through most of the offerings from The Prisoner Wine Company, an up and coming Napa winery. The wine tasting will cost $5 which will go toward the purchase of a bottle if you want to take one home.
Here’s a little background on the company…
The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in an early attempt to make a sophisticated wine from a difficult site. Although he was frustrated by a situation that had him using every tool at his disposal and still coming up short, he learned lessons that inform his vineyard selection process now.
“I came away from that experience with the unshakable belief that if you put your emphasis on the vineyard, what follows is much easier,” he says. “The vineyard is everything.”
Most of Phinney’s time is spent exploring vineyard sites, meeting with growers and selecting the fruit that will be vinified and blended into The Prisoner. His method for vineyard selection includes assessing the site, soil, varietal, grower and provenance, or the history, of the vineyard.
“Sometimes one of these aspects is enough, other times it’s a combination of a few of these elements,” he says. “With provenance, looks can be deceiving, so you have to trust in the track record of a vineyard as opposed to what you see. Occasionally you step into a vineyard and can’t get to your phone fast enough to call the grower and lock up the grapes. Those experiences are one of a kind.”
Prepare for the season! Saturday we’ll have Cousin’s Maine Lobster here from 5-8 to help us kick off the holiday season. Since nothing goes better with lobster than bubbles we’ll be opening a bottle of Dom Perignon 2006 for sale by the glass ($30). If you’ve ever wanted to try Dom without the commitment of an entire bottle, this is your chance!
To prepare you for the food, we’ve arranged for a wine tasting from 3-6pm, (including another Champagne) and a beer tasting (beware the Dragon!) with New Holland Brewing. We’ll have a few special brews on tap and the rep will be here from 4-7 to share more offerings and swag.
Boo to you! We’re so excited to share one of our favorite times of the year with you, our wonderful loyal customers. We are super excited to host a Halloween Party to thank you for making our first quarter in business a success. We’ve got our favorite music duo, the Back Taps, playing at 6:30, there will be some awesome seasonal beers on tap, and there will be food! But no food trucks this time… this time we figured we’d try something new. We’re cooking up a batch of smoked maple bourbon chili to share along with some other treats… and we encourage anyone else who also enjoys bringing a smile to others through food to bring some to the party! Doesn’t matter what it is just make it good 🙂 Either way we’ll have enough for everyone at about 5pm as long as it lasts. Costumes are definitely encouraged and we plan on rewarding those who partake. We’ll have a pet costume contest at about 3pm (because everyone deserves a fair chance, even our four legged customers) and everyone else will be judged at around 8. Winners get bragging rights, fame, a $25 gift certificate, and a Bottles & Cans growler in the size of their choice, because everyone needs a growler. Please join us for an intimate Halloween evening with friends, whether you’ve been here before or not, come find out why some consider us a second home.
Somehow the stars have aligned so September is shaping up to be a month of beer! We’re planning tap events with Mother Earth, Bells, and Great Lakes (and Stone in October so keep an eye out) and working on details. We’re most looking forward to September 16th though when we celebrate the opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest in Munich! They’ll be tapping their first keg at noon on Sat, Sept 16th, and so will we. We’ll have at least 4 German biers on tap for opening weekend, live music, a few events and contests and will maintain Oktoberfest Marzen throughout the festival and the rest of October. Now for an answer to everyone’s biggest question…
Why is Oktoberfest called “Oktoberfest” when it actually begins in September?
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.
We are very excited to invite everyone to our grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. We have been working with some amazing North Carolina breweries to identify their rarest and most delicious kegs of craft beer for us to share with the public.
1. Fullsteam Humidity Pale Ale ON NITRO!!!
2. HiWire Aerialist Summer Lager
3. Foothills Hop Job Session IPA
4. Brueprint Double Dribbrue Double IPA
5. Bull City Ciderworks Cherry Tart
6. Wicked Weed Lost Toys #1
7. Bombshell Blackberry Shandy
8. Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey White Ale
9. Lonerider Magnificent 77 IPA
10. D9 Brown Sugar Brown Cow
11. Unknown Raisin the Roof
12. Olde Hickory Lindley Park Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
13. Fortnight Malternative Facts Scotch Ale
Wait… 13? We’ve only got 12 beer taps, how does that work?!?! One of these puppies is a cask, you’ll have to show up to find out! (Hint, it’s probably not the nitro.)
Additionally we have Baozi coming in the evening to augment the food options we have next door, and we’ve got Ari Pappalardo with his guitar scheduled to play some amazing live music for us through the evening hours. Lots of local breweries will be sending reps with swag galore so if you’ve been looking for that one last sticker/coozie/glass come on over and visit!
We’re ready for this one, only a few days and counting, but we’ve locked in River Rat Brewing for a visit from their brew truck Saturday July 1, from 3-6pm. We’ll have taps inside and taps outside, should be a great Saturday afternoon… And for those of you with a penchant for grapes, Gayle Schiffer will be sharing various wines from a tasty Argentinian winery we’ve just discovered, Zorzal. Here’s a little background on both…
Gualtallary, where Zorzal wines come from, is in one of Argentina’s most outstanding vine-growing valleys, the Uco Valley.
Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea-level in the highest vine-growing zone in the Province of Mendoza, at the foot of Tupungato volcano, one of the highest peaks in the Andes. This zone is characterized by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature range. The combination of cool climate and chalky soils gives us wines with great structure and delicious acidity.
Where the Saluda and Broad Rivers merge, they form the mighty Congaree in ColaTown, SC! Named for the three rivers that run through our city and the working-class men who labored on the canal here more than a century ago, River Rat Brewery was founded in 2013. The rivers tell us old stories and history of our state and our capital Columbia, SC as they were the supplying highways of times long ago. The Congaree, Broad, and Saluda rivers contribute miles of riverfront for South Carolina’s capitol and had a role in Columbia’s landscape history. In their honor, we set out to create craft beers that would satisfy anyone’s thirst after a long day’s work. We use only the best ingredients, and we tested and refined in order to develop complex flavors. What we wound up with was the best damn beer we’ve ever tasted —perfectly balanced, refreshingly bold, and deliciously drinkable. If you really want to get to know us, you need
Kat from Founders will be with us on June 22 from 5:30-7:30 to share the amazing flavor of Rubaeus and Sumatra Mountain Brown on Nitro. Come join us to taste delicious beverages and maybe score some swag.
We’ll also have a wine tasting so those with more inclination to drink fine wines can partake in some unique vintages! Come on down and bring your friends, there will be something for everyone!