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Coastal fave Salty Turtle Beer Co. dives into the City of Oaks.

If you were a little salty you had to drive all the way to Surf City to grab a brew from Salty Turtle Beer Co., you’re in luck, as the popular seaside brewery is joining the local suds scene in the former Barrel Culture space in North Raleigh (!). The choice for the second taproom was a no-brainer, says co-founder Daniel Callender: “We realized a lot of our customers at the beach have second homes in Topsail and live full-time in the RDU area.”

Bringing the beach to the mainland, the Raleigh outpost features a vibrant mural of a sea turtle swimming among oak leaves and acorns, the work of Cary-based artist Suzanne Gasperini O’Hara that offers a new-school spin on Salty Turtle’s relaxed, coastal vibe.

As for the beer, expect 14 ocean-inspired brews on tap, including flagships like Coastline Kölsch, a refreshing German-style ale; the roasty yet light Barnacle Bill’s brown ale; and Hey Zay, a juicy citrus-packed IPA—as well as wine, cider and nonalcoholic options. “It will mainly be our beer we brew in Surf City with a couple rotating guest taps from amazing breweries in North Carolina,” reveals Callender, who notes that Salty Turtle is “constantly innovating.” And, he hints, “we will definitely do some Raleigh-only special releases.” 

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NTM spring weather will have locals flocking to the brewery’s expansive outdoor space touting a covered patio and artificial turf with picnic-style seating (plus cornhole boards), perfect for a pint-sipping sesh with the whole crew or a chill afternoon alongside your four-legged BFF. 

“We want to be community driven,” says Callender. “We will host weekly running/cycling clubs, trivia, pint nights benefiting local nonprofits—and we will be family-friendly!” Raleighites can also look forward to live music, along with monthly pop-up markets, securing Salty Turtle’s status as a go-to spot for a good time.

“I think the coastal area has some amazing breweries, and we want to showcase that to our Raleigh guests,” shares Callender. “We’d like people to come in and have a ‘beach escape.’” We’ll raise a toast to a taste of the coast any day of the week. @saltyturtleraleigh

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