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Spring? Oh, you mean patio drinking season? Yeah, we know her. Who can blame us for taking the warm weather as an excuse to day drink at a local brewery, bar or restaurant?!
Our latest spring obsession? Collabs from Triangle-area breweries. These local brewmasters are putting their genius beer know-how and skills together to create sip-worthy creations that warrant a drinking sesh in the sun. Get to know some of our fave local collaboration bevs below!
Five Points Connection
Hops heads, delight… This dry-hopped pale ale by these two popular Raleigh breweries just screams springtime—and begs to be drank alfresco with your crew. Five Points Connection is an ode to Lonerider’s recently opened Five Points location—as they joined the ranks of a bounty of breweries in that hoppy town center. Sip to find Philly sour yeast paired with fruity hops to deliver a light-bodied, aromatic brew for easy drinking (yes, please!). Find it on tap this season at all Lonerider Hideout locations, Lynnwood Brewing and in cans (come mid-April) at bottle shops in the Raleigh/Durham area.
Get ready for a doubleheader! Trophy Brewing has not one, but two collaboration beers on tap. A brew for all IPA drinkers—and we know there’s a lot of you—Oberlin Village is a refreshing and hoppy nod to the former Reconstruction-era Black settlement that thrived for years near Oberlin Road. And, fittingly, these sips will go down in history… as each glass or can—available at Trophy locations, bottle shops and select grocery stores—benefits Friends of Oberlin Village’s goal to honor and preserve local history.
Top of the Podium
With its second buzzworthy collab, Top of the Podium, Trophy joins 321 Coffee to produce some feel-good sips. (DTR-based 321 is dedicated to employing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.) The resulting coffee stout (shocker?)) offers up notes of dark caramel and toffee—perfect for anyone who likes a heavier beer with a little kick. Inside scoop: The name was created by combining the two businesses’ names! To wit, you’re likely to accept, say, a sports trophy (a nod to Trophy Brewing) at a plural podium with a first, second and third place platforms (incidentally also the numbers in 321 Coffee). The more you know!
Bonus: A percentage of sales from Top of the Podium will be donated to 321 Coffee. You can also find this brew at Trophy locations, bottle shops and select grocery stores.
In line with the opening of Scratch Kitchen’s new Downtown Cary location, the Apex-based restaurant will be releasing a ginger kettle sour with Bond Brothers (its soon-to-be neighbor!) in May. Knowing Bond Brothers and its excellent repertoire of beers, this new brew is going to be deliciously sour and is sure to pair perfectly with the food over at Scratch (the fan-fave firecracker shrimp is amazing!). We’re counting down the days until we can get our hands on a pint, which will be available at Bond Brothers and both Scratch Kitchen locations.
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