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Busy Beer of Raleigh is beginning a series of spotlights on local homebrewers.  First up, a great little interview with Les Stewart.

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Summer School classes, work, and plenty of other distractions have kept me from posting in a while.  Either way, here are is my most recent update on the whole beer scene in Raleigh, NC.

Last Friday I had dinner at Busy Bee with the wife.  The service was great and the waitress was very knowledgeable and took plenty of time to explain the beer list and describe their rare beers.  I had Aviator’s Berliner Weiss which Busy Bee had Busy Bee had them brew specifically for their restaurant.  They offer it with a blueberry syrup made from local fresh organic blueberries as well as a pomegranate syrup.  I had the pomegranate andenjoyed the beer both with and without the syrup.  The tart and sour quality was not quite as strong as I would have liked for the style, but it was good nonetheless.  I also got the turkey sandwich with a side salad.  The salad was small but flavorful and the sandwich was substantial with plenty of turkey, avocado, tomato, bacon, and red onion.   The Brooklyn Brewing Brewmaster series has now switched to cuvee de cardoz, a Belgian-inspired wheat beer brewed in collaboration with three-star chef Floyd Cardox of Tabisha restaurant.   Cuvee de Cardoz is a flavorful Belgian with five different spices. 

Last night, I made it out to the release of Stone Brewing’s  Levitatioin Ale at Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.  Flying Saucer is a great beer bar in Raleigh and they are continually improving with special tap and cask nights.  Not only did they release Levitation, a really good sessionable amber ale, but they had a keg of Stone’s double dry hopped IPA. 

A great new place in Raleigh for folks to check out is Brickhouse across from Meredith College on Hillsborough St.  It used to be Playmaker’s, but has recently re-opened as Brickhouse.  It is still a sports bar, but 1/3 of their taps (I would guess around 30-40) were devoted to NC beers.  This is one of the few places with French Broad on tap in Raleigh.  They had Rye Hopper when I went by to check it out.   The beer list on their site is not up to date.

Finally, we can celebrate with Fullsteam Brewing and look forward to their beer in the future as they are one step closer to selling beer.  Today they signed a lease and hopefully will be selling their authentic NC beer soon.  Expect 16 oz. cans.

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