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Raleigh: A Capital of Craft Brews

A brewery that launched in an airplane hangar. North Carolina’s first woman-owned brewery. A brewery born from a rickshaw company. Raleigh-area brewers know something about thinking differently. And with more than 30 of them all over the destination, you can bet on a craft beer experience like no other. Visit Raleigh, where the brewers are just as excited to share their passion and inspirations as they are for you to taste the beer.

A beer visit logically begins downtown, where Little City Brewing + Provisions Co. is a newer arrival in an ever-expanding scene. Download the map or the app for the free R-LINE circulator to shorten the distance between brewpubs, bars, music venues, restaurants and other points of interest. You can also take advantage of tours offered by the Trolley Pub or Crank Arm Rickshaw, which also has a brewery, Crank Arm Brewing, in the Warehouse District.

For a broader view, ride beyond the city limits with Beltline Brew Tours or Raleigh Brews Cruise. Regular and private tours cover production breweries as well as brewpubs and offer a closer look at the craftsmanship and personalities behind the operations.

Freeways make for fast travel between Raleigh and surrounding towns such as Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs, but a slower pace is rewarding. Relax and raise a glass at breweries just a short drive south from Raleigh, including North Carolina beer staples Aviator Brewing Company and Carolina Brewing Company.

Take N.C. Highway 98 across the fingers of Falls Lake with a stop at White Street Brewing Company in Wake Forest. Or head back to the Five Points district, just north of downtown Raleigh, to connect to multiple breweries within a mile of one another.

No matter where you travel in North Carolina’s capital city, you can find a craft brew to please your palate. Find more to explore at