Big Boss Brewing Company

The Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh, North Carolina is a relatively new brewery, established in 2006 by Geoff Lamb, a graduate of UNC, and brewmaster Brad Wynn. They have five year-round brews that range from the dark brown ale Bad Penny (my first Big Boss beer and favorite) to the very light High Roller, an IPA. Hell's Belle is a spicy ale made from Belgian malts with the highest alcohol content of the year-rounds at 7%, Angry Angel is a German-style beer, and Blanco Diablo is a wit beer.

They also have several seasonal beers including Harvest Time and amazing pumpkin ale. The Big Operator, a dark black raspberry ale available during January and February, can only be tried in Big Boss' taproom and features a whopping 8% alcohol content. At 9% is the summer brew (available in May and June), Monkey Bizz-ness, which is aged for months! In July and August you can get your hands on Sacktown, an amber rye ale. D'Icer is a refreshing spring dunkelweizen, and Aces High is a unique winter coffee stout, made from fair-trade coffee.

The taproom above the brewery where you can get these delicious beers has the feel of an old tavern. The bar is small, but there is ample seating and several pool tables, ping-pong, and darts. Free tours take place in the brewery the second Saturday of every month at 2pm. It is a 30-minute tour and afterward you can sample three beers for $1 each! Private evening tours are also available.

Contact them by phone at (919) 834 0045 or drop by 1249-A Wicker Drive during the taproom's hours. Visit the Big Boss website for more information!

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