Apr 052023

Back in early November I was in Raleigh visiting the local utility for DERMS reasons, obviously, and making the most of my evenings by finding fine dining and brews. I’d been ro Raleigh nearly 10 years before trying to be a professor at NC State but that didn’t work out. For some reason I also utterly failed to get any amazing and noteworthy food or root beer then, so this was basically like being in Raleigh for the very first time. On my bucket list were shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, BBQ, and two breweries. Raleigh Brewing being the first of those two. Raleigh Brewing was opened in 2013 by the first woman to own a brewery in North Carolina. In addition to the brewery they have a sister store attached to the tab room, Atlantic Brew Supply, which is a home brew supply shop. They have 32 taps, including their root beer, but only food trucks so I grabbed this brew before dinner.

The Body is mild and watery and not very sweet. The flavors are subtle, I get a bit of anise and something herbal. It really is rather weak. The Bite has a hint of spice and then pretty mild. Also mild in carbonation. The Head is short and goes away quickly. The Aftertaste is, you guessed it, faint, and gone quickly. Was there herbal notes in there? Who could say.

This is not really unpleasant but it’s utterly disappointing. It just falls flat in basically every category. Maybe I just got a bad batch or maybe they like it this way, but I sure don’t. Was glad I got to go somewhere else for dinner, where I had the most amazing chicken and waffles ever, but that’s another non-root beer story for another day. Stay away from this place unless you really must have a bad root beer.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs

The Raleigh Brewing taps (some of them). Root Beer is the far left

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