Looking to fill your growler and grow your friends list?

We’ve got all the best spots for you listed here.


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1. Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh: Imagine sitting at a table with fresh, elegant flowers as you drink a smooth beer and skim through books on art, poetry and philosophy. Sounds refined, right? This elegant experience is real, and you can find it at Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh. Snap a photo when you’re there. Best Brew: The Grove — a sunny, citrusy double IPA. 


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2. Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxapahaw: There’s no disputing the quality of Haw River’s brews, but its unique location in the Old Dixie Yarns Cotton Mill make it worth the trip. Find it about 25 minutes outside of Chapel Hill. Best Brew: Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA, a juicy, earthy and flowery Belgian.


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3. Dirtbag Ales, Fayetteville: Sit among the tanks and chat with your friends at this brewery that feels like its in Asheville, without the four-hour drive. If you’re feeling drunk and competitive, they also have active cornhole games outside. Parking is all gravel, and is sort of a free-for-all — but don’t be intimidated. Best Brew: Cold Brew Mocha Porter. Try it for dessert. 


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4. Southern Pines Brewing Co., Southern Pines (duh): You’ll likely bump into your accountant, lawyer, and therapist while ordering a flight, so don’t show up in your sweats. The bartenders are approachable and familiar, and would never judge your drinking habits. Best Brew: It’s hard to choose, but we love the Texas Rig Imperial IPA, with strong notes of apricot and citrus. 


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5. Carolina Brewing Company, Holly Springs: Have you ever wondered how that tasty 11% beer is crafted? Well you’re in luck — this tour of CBC is one of the best and no reservations are needed. Hop on over any Saturday from 1-4 p.m. to sip on a cold one while you learn. Their mobile Ambrewlance earns them points for creativity. Best Brew: Carolina Pale Ale, the best-selling beer in the Triangle.


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6. Four Saints Brewing Company, Asheboro: This brewery is all about supporting their local community — after all, they proudly wear the title of “First Official brewery in Randolph County.” Just an hour away, this brewery is great for a day trip. Best Brew: Potter’s Clay Amber Ale, which goes down dangerously easy. 

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