Beer, Wine & Spirits in Morrisville

Beer Flights, Pint Glasses, and Coozies for Two or Four at Lonerider Brewing Company (47% Off)

Lonerider Brewing Company

Raleigh

$30 $16

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

$12 for a Saturday Tour Package with Tasting at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company ($29 Value)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

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

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

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

$20 $10

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

Brewery Tour or Sunday Tasting for Two at Aviator Brewing Company (Up to 55% Off)

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

$38 $17

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

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

$34 $18

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

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

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

$47.49 $23

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

Packages for Two or Four to Harvest Party on October 4 at Annefield Vineyards (50% Off)

Annefield Vineyards

Saxe

$188 $94

Packages include admission, hand-rolled cigar "experiences," two drink tickets per person, and souvenir wine-tasting glasses

One or Two Tickets to the People's Transit Pub Crawl from Royal Limousine (45% Off)

People's Transit Pub Crawl

Greensboro

$20 $11

Revelers hop on a bus to travel from bar to bar during a weekly pub crawl held on Friday nights

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

$36.39 $20

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

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

$26 $12

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

$16 for Tour for Two at Stony Mountain Vineyards ($32 Value)

Stony Mountain Vineyards

North Albemarle

$32 $16

Drink in breathtaking views of the Uwharrie Mountains as you sample barrel-aged craft wines

Eight-Sample Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass and Snack for Two or Four at Cauble Creek Vineyard (Up to 53% Off)

Cauble Creek Vineyard

Locke

$36 $18

Guests explore the grounds of a 36-acre vineyard after sampling eight wines

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

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

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

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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

It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.

Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

8003 Regency Parkway
Cary,
NC
US

zpizza— voted best pizza in Raleigh by CitySearch and Best Pizza in Cary by WakeCary Magazine —is known for its inventive, California-style pizzas: think zesty Thai-style chicken pizza with peanut sauce and cilantro, or Mexican-style pizza loaded with taco fixings. But even a simple cheese or pepperoni pizza from zpizza is sure to be memorable. That's because the restaurant's cooks use only top-shelf ingredients in their brick-oven-baked pies, from the Montana winter wheat that goes into their hand-thrown crusts to the organic tomato sauce and Wisconsin skim mozzarella layered on top. Diners can customize pizzas with other toppings, including locally sourced meats, fresh produce, and gourmet ingredients such as truffle oil.

96 Cornerstone Dr
Cary,
NC
US

Art was the driving force in Craig Burt and Marianne Conti Burt's lives long before they opened Cary Wine and Design. The two met at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1980s, when both were pursuing BFA degrees. Eventually, the two?now husband and wife?settled in Raleigh, and in 2011 they opened the first Wine & Design franchise in the state. They made sure their particular brand of art lived up to their high standards, from the quality of their professional instructions to use of cloth napkins. They also assembled an expert team of fellow instructors who are all talented artists in their own rights.

Together, these professional artists host nightly classes for students of all skill levels. Stroke by stroke, they help groups create one of more than 1,000 painting options, including works in the style of Van Gogh. The instructors work within two studio rooms, each equipped with a separate sound system that plays music during lessons. When they're not leading adult classes and kid's classes and camps, the artists host pet portrait sessions and private painting parties or bring their mobile studio to homes and businesses in Cary and surrounding area. Cary Wine and Design was recently honored with a Community Service Award from the Cary Chamber of Commerce, and was recognized as the Highest Performing Wine & Design franchise in 2012.

483 James Jackson Avenue
Cary,
NC
US

April Schlanger, a 15-year wine-industry veteran, believes that the words ?organic? and ?eco-friendly? are not mutually exclusive when relating to affordable wines. She and her husband Josh opened Sip... A Wine Store in the hopes of sharing their passion for and knowledge of organic wine and beer, earning the young store a glowing feature on CaryCitizen. Respect for the planet oozes from every design detail in the quaint shop, be it the VOC-free wall paint, reclaimed-wood display tables, or complimentary wine carriers given to customers upon arrival. Those hoping to challenge their palates and forego the day's to-do lists can sidle up to the tasting bar or partake in formal wine classes, focusing on specific producers or varietals.

1059 Darrington Dr
Cary,
NC
US

A fortnight is an English term for a period of two weeks, which is coincidentally the amount of time needed for an ale to age to full maturity. In England, the beer often spends that time in casks. It's these principles that inspire the name and techniques of Fortnight Brewing Company, whose cask and keg ales?made in the English tradition?are rich yet balanced in flavor. The founding brewers, who hail from the US and the UK, use English malts and hops to craft four main beers: an English Ale, a Porter, an ESB, and a Blonde Ale. Special seasonal releases experiment with flavors and tours give visitors a closer look at the exotic brewing process.

1006 SW Maynard Rd
Cary,
NC
US