Sure, we’ve got plenty of options to drink local, but here is where we go when we’re looking for a change of scenery.
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.
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.
3. Divine Llama Vineyards, East Bend:
If you thought yoga with goats was good, you’ll love sipping wine with llamas at this little place near Charlotte. Have a seat in the farmhouse and taste the winery’s 10 creations, which reviews say are surprisingly good before touring the vineyard and hanging out with your new llama crew.
4. Oskar Blues Brewery and Taproom
The first company to can craft beer picked the sweet little town of Brevard for its fresh water and access to outdoor adventure. Go for the tour and stay for the indoor-outdoor taproom, with a huge kids’ play area. Read reviews.
5. Raleigh Trolley Pub
If you love drinking on a patio, you’ll love being strapped in to a mobile bar even better. Raise a glass to honking cars, but be warned that you’ll spend the night pedaling your ass off. Beep beep.
6. Treehouse Vineyards
Make a visit here into a long weekend — buy a bottle or two and relax on the porch of your very own treehouse at this spot in Monroe. If you’re in the Charlotte area, stop by for Winestock.