The Triangle has gained quite a reputation for its food scene, but did you know the worlds largest beer garden, the first fully woman owned brewery, and first urban winery are also in The Triangle? The area around The Triangle is incredibly fertile and farmers and small vineyards thrive. Not only is it literally fertile, but it is also figuratively fertile with so many innovators and mixologists making the most of the wealth of local products. We also benefit from brewers and distillers who open their doors and hold great events. Here is our list of the best


Lone Rider Brewing Company, Raleigh

Sumit Vohra and Lone Rider Brewing Company are considered one of the best breweries in the nation. It is a west Texas theme right by the Raleigh Durham international airport. Great as either your first stop in town, or your last


Clouds Brewing, Raleigh

Clouds Brewing is a brewery restaurant with locations in Raleigh and Durham. This is a great place to enjoy a game or host and event with loads of space and a great atmosphere, and food!

Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh

Think breweries are all about peanuts on the floor and watching sports? Think again. The Brewery Bhavana is completely elegant and minimalist offering craft beer, dim sum, books and flowers. Sounds like an unlikely mix, but it really works, trust us.

Brueprint Taproom, Cary and Apex

Brueprint Taproom is another modern concept in brewing. It really leans into the science behind brewing and tells the story behind each brew. If you are interested in really understanding brew, Brueprint is for you.

Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary

USA Today ranked Bond Brothers as the best brewery in the country. We don’t need to give a lot more background that does not tell you more than that. This is a must visit in The Triangle.


Oak City Amaretto, Raleigh

When you think Amaretto maybe you think Mad Men and Amarreto sours, but it is not a dated small batch spirit, quite the contrary. Go to Oak City Amaretto and see all the wildly inventive pairings and mixes.


Raleigh Rum Company, Raleigh

Be transported to the Caribbean in the middle of Raleigh. Tell us a better plan on a hot summer day? Raleigh Rum Company offers rum and more in small batches, that are critically acclaimed.


Young Hearts Distillery, Raleigh

Young Hearts Distilling is the first Distillery in Downtown Raleigh and focuses on locally and ethically sourced ingredients in novel pairings. It also has an amazing kitchen!


Cloer Family Vineyard, Apex

This is a great afternoon in Apex. Bring a picnic, enjoy the vines, and taste wine, for only $5. Check their site for what is available for tastings.


Chatham Hill Winery, Cary

Cary's first Urban Winery, Chatham Hill Winery is one of the oldest in the state and produces award winning Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is Europpean style at a fraction of the price, tastings are only $10.

Botanical Lounge, Raleigh

This is a really hip way to enjoy wine. Botanical Lounge is a tapas y vino concept complete with lounge, patio, and private rooms. Great for events, great for an afternoon tasting.

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