Beers to the freaking weekend! Last Saturday we ventured into downtown Raleigh to experience the 7th annual Brewgaloo Beer Fest! If you have not heard yet, Brewgaloo is the second largest craft beer festival in the United States, and it’s right at our fingertips! The festival consists of two separate events ; the Friday Kick-Off Sampling Event Block Party for all-you-can-sample North Carolina beer and ciders. The second and most popular event is the street block party that features over 100 NC Breweries, over 50 Food Trucks, and dozens of local vendors and bands. Keep reading for more on our experience & the Best of Brewgaloo review!
On Saturday April 28th my girlfriends and I took to the streets of downtown Raleigh to celebrate a friends birthday at the annual Brewgaloo fest. With that being said -we were “tasting” a LOT of beers. While some were slugging back their favorites, I tried to opt for the local brewing companies that I have never tried before. Now, I am by no means a beer connoisseur so I will not bore you with snooty review. Although, I’d like to think I know a little somethin’ somethin’ because of my background in the service industry & working in craft beer bars. Working in these places taught me a ton about the world of beer, the challenges behind the brewing process and “making it” in the craft industry. I appreciate the care & time each brewer puts behind their product and journey that led them there. More recently I have developed a special love for Indiana Pale Ale’s, so that’s where I focused my drinking abilities on Saturday.
It was only 2pm and I already had a few brunch mimosas. I needed to pace myself in the midst of the birthday celebrations and festival hype so I used 2 tickets each for the 3 oz pours (hint: most vendors over-pour a little so this is the best option if you want to taste test more beers! I also realized it was difficult to carry around a full pint with all the people bumping into each other and spilling).
Cheers to ALL the brewiers that came out, I wish I could have tasted every one of your delecious brews. (you can find a full list of beer vendors here)
Here are my top picks for the Best of Brewgaloo 2018!
Wrightsville Beach Brewing – Wilmington, NC
Orange Krush Kölsch: Kölsch infused with Orange peel and hints of vanilla.
Archetype Brewing- Asheville, NC
Shoulder Devil – IPA ｜ 7.9% ABV
Bond Brothers Beer Co. -Cary, NC
Festbier – A German style of golden lager with a slight hop balance
Triple C Brewing Co. – Charlotte, NC
Golden Boy Blonde- A golden colored ale with a toasted malt character and slight Mt Hood hop flavor and aroma. Perfect on a hot summer day.
Fainting Goat Brewing – Fuquay Varina, NC
Butthead Brown Ale- Northern English style brown. We combined five different malts to find the perfect balance between sweet malty flavors and medium-low hop bitterness. Our brown ale boasts gently nutty, toasty, biscuit flavors and an gentle floral aroma derived from several additions of traditional UK fuggle hops.
Crank Arm Brewing – Raleigh, NC
Rickshaw Rye IPA – Our flagship American Style IPA featuring malted rye. We use American varietals of Columbus and Nugget hops. The result is a pleasant balance of malty sweetness, hints of spiciness , with notes of citrus and resin.
*Best in Show NC Brewers Cup*
*Gold Medal Winner Rye Beer*
White Street Brewing Company – Youngsville, NC
Hoptimist IPA- White Street’s Hoptimist IPA is a hop showcase that spares no expense to impart a positive outlook to the most discerning hop heads. This glass-half-full IPA has notes of pungent citrus and earthy resins with an uplifting malt balance. (okay this is not a new beer, but I seriously love it so much, one of my all time favorite IPA’s)
We can’t forget to mention all the AWESOME Retail Vendors & Food Trucks ! Special shout out to some of our favorite vendors:
NautiGulls Soap Co.
Porch Fly Clothing
If you missed Brewgaloo this year be sure to come out next year 2019! The best part is this festival is that all the vendors are LOCAL – so if you didn’t get the opportunity to visit a beer vendor – you can just get in your car and travel to them!!