Beer, Wine & Spirits in Holly Springs

Brewery Tour Package for Two or Four at White Rabbit Brewing Company (54% Off)

White Rabbit Brewing Company

Angier

After a tour of the facility, guests sample beers in flights, drink a 22-ounce bomber of their favorite beers, and take home brewery glasses

$46 $21

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Brewery Tour or Sunday Tasting for Two at Aviator Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off)

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

A tour guide elucidates each step of the beer-making process while navigating a brewery; tasting includes pint glasses and aviator hat

$38 $19

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Brewery Tour for Two with Beer Tasting, Stickers, and Take-Home Pint Glasses at Gizmo Brew Works (50% Off)

Gizmo Brew Works

Umstead

Tours uncover brewery methods; beer pints and take-home pint glasses preserve the memory

$22 $11

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Two or Four Wine Glasses with a Complimentary Wine Tasting at Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store (Up to 55% Off)

Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store

Northwest Raleigh

Groups of two or four can snag wine glasses and taste a selection of hand picked wines from around the world during a complimentary tasting

$10 $5

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Beer Flights, Pint Glasses, and Coozies for Two or Four at Lonerider Brewing Company (63% Off)

Lonerider Brewing Company

Raleigh

Sip flights of award-winning Wild West–themed ales, such as Peacemaker pale ale, Shotgun Betty hefeweizen, and Sweet Josie brown ale

$30 $11

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Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 47% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

$34 $18

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Wine Tasting and Tour with Bottle of Wine for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company Co. (Up to 61% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company Co.

Pittsboro

Guests tour the winery and distillery, sampling drinks made from local ingredients; each visit includes glasses and a select bottle of wine

$52 $22

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Distillery Tour and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company (Up to 63% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

Guests tour distillery that uses fruits and other crops to form the base of spirits and fortified wines stored in oak barrels

$20 $10

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Distillery-Tour Package for One or Two at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company (59% Off)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

$29 $12

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Tasting for Two or Four with Snacks and Take-Home Glasses at Hinnant Family Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

$47.49 $23

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Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass for Two or Four with Pedal-Kart Rentals at Lu Mil Vineyard (Up to 58% Off)

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

Tasters sample vineyard's wares before exploring the 58-acre grounds by pedal-kart

$26 $12

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Brewery Tour for 2, 4, or Up to 16 with Glasses, Beer Flights, and Bombers at Beer Army (Up to 49% Off)

Beer Army

Trenton

Active-duty Marine and brewer considers it his duty to bring craft-beer culture to eastern North Carolina and raise money for local causes

$36.39 $20

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Hand-Crafted NC Cheese at Old Stone Winery (50% Off)

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

$32 $16

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$15 for a Wine Tasting for Two Plus a Take-Home Bottle at Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery ($30 Value)

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery

Ronda

In a tasting room with mountain views, sip handcrafted Italian wines

$30 $15

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From its quiet perch on Franklin Street, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop slings premium fair-trade ice cream right alongside warm hand-rolled soft-pretzels from Auntie Anne's Pretzel. Friendly staffers fill cups with famous flavors such as Cherry Garcia, a smooth blend of cherry ice cream speckled with cherries and flakes of chocolate fudge. Phish Food infuses chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and caramel swirls, paying homage to the mellow tunes of the jam band Phish with fish-shaped fudge pieces that play eight-minute guitar solos. The shop was recently renovated to include an Auntie Anne's, whose pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor, and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers.

109 North Main Street
Holly Springs,
NC
US

Though it's largely a male-dominated industry, the origins of beer-brewing suggest it was women who were behind the original barley pop?and the ladies behind Bombshell Beer Company are quick to remind anyone who asks. Co-founder and co-owner Ellen Joyner had been home brewing for more than a decade when she joined forces with co-brewers Michelle Miniutti and Jackie Hudspeth, and together, they started Bombshell. There, they employ careful and exacting brewing practices to brew great beer, from their Lost My Way IPA to specialty seasonal beers that include a ?Dunkelweizen and a Dirty Secret Coconut Stout. Visitors can take tours of the brewery to learn more about the process, and head to the 1,400 square foot tasting room afterward to taste the beers of their labor.

120 Quantum Dr.
Holly Springs,
NC
US

The Adams family has farmed the land of Adams Vineyards for eight generations. Years ago, though, they replaced the leafy tobacco plants they'd grown for decades with fruit trees and twining muscadine grapevines. Quincy Adams uses blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, and blackberries to make wine. Visitors can pair sips of those varietals with hors d'oeuvres such as Boar's Head cheese or chocolates handcrafted by Quincy's mother, Joyce. At the end of each summer, the family hosts a Grape Stomp Festival, where guests of all ages can participate in the timeless juicing method.

3390 John Adams Rd
Willow Spring,
NC
US

Olive walls flank White Rabbit Brewing Company's taproom, a simple space with a polished wooden bar and a tabletop supported by kegs instead of traditional human legs. On Friday and Saturday evenings, bartenders pour pints and four-ounce samples of the brewery's ales and lagers, which borrow their titles and labels from Alice in Wonderland characters. There's the Double Trouble Belgian Dubbel, a malty, medium-bodied brew, and the Cheshire's Pumpkin Ale, a spiced, light-bodied brew with an "almost cidery" mouthfeel, according to the brewers.

219 Fish Drive
Angier,
NC
US

Aviator Brewing Company's dedicated brew architects collaborate with a premium selection of seasonal ingredients to craft 16 varieties of pint fillers. Since taking root in 2008 with two 300-gallon tanks in a decommissioned airplane hangar, the suds factory has grown to include four tanks, each of which contains 3,100 gallons of award-winning libations. Inside the tanks, frothy brews such as the Devils Tramping Ground Tripel—a golden Belgian ale with a fruity, spicy, sweet flavor—wait for year-round sampling. They also concoct seasonal brews for Oktoberfest, spring, and winter, as well as rotating beers such as McGritty's Scotch Ale, which they brew from Maris Otter barley malt and crisp malt imported from the United Kingdom in an oversize kilt.

Nearby, on Broad Street, Aviator also operates a tap house, which serves up their draft brews at a temperature of 47 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to a micromatic dispensing system with glycol cooling. Down the street, they also operate a smokehouse that serves up smokehouse ribs, North Carolina chopped-barbecue sandwiches, and pulled pork that has been featured on RaleighLifestyle.tv's Dining Destinations.

209 Technology Park Ln
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US

Judging by his daring attitude toward fusion cuisine, head chef Michael Schiffer probably tried to fry the rule book before throwing it out the window. He founded Maximillian's Grill in 1991 with humble aspirations: it would be a 32-seat pizza restaurant where guests could enjoy quiet meals. In four months, however, he had amassed magazine awards and a clientele that would line up outside the restaurant for an hour before he opened the doors. They were there, waiting patiently, to see what delicious fusion food would sail out of the kitchen that night?Michael hand wrote a new menu every day and often invented new dishes on the spot, fusing Italian flavors with creole and Asian influences.

Unfortunately, in 1998, a fire closed Max?s for good. Though he and his wife Gayle later opened a gourmet deli, it wasn?t until 2001 that they opened Max?s once again, this time in a roomier location with high ceilings, soft light, and tinted windows. The new joint even has a wine bar in the back separated from the dining room by a partition.

In the kitchen, Michael devises fresh takes on fusion cuisine while holding onto many of the dishes that made Max?s famous, classics as the grilled caesar salad?prepped by grilling the actual lettuce?and the peppercorn-encrusted Voodoo tuna. Michael has also archived his old menus on the restaurant's webpage, viewing them as a timeline for his culinary evolution and a way to remember how to spell "bouillabaisse."

8314 Chapel Hill Rd
Cary,
NC
US