Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping, "Liquor is quicker, but get me an imperial stout with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Learn brewing secrets with today's Groupon to Aviator Brewing Company. Choose from the following options:
- For $14, you get a brewery tour for two and the following take-home souvenirs: one growler, two pint glasses, and one Aviator coffee mug (a $30.85 total value).
- For $29, you get a brewery tour for four and the following take-home souvenirs: two growlers, four pint glasses, and two Aviator coffee mugs (a $61.70 total value).
- For $39, you get a brewery tour for six and the following take-home souvenirs: three empty growlers, six pint glasses, and three Aviator coffee mugs (a $92.55 total value).
The suds savants at Aviator Brewing Company guide guests through their airplane-inspired laboratory, where they produce what was voted as the Best Brew in the Triangle in 2011 by Triangle Arts & Entertainment. Guests observe Aviator's hops in their post-natural habitat and sample grain before its metamorphosis into one of Aviator's bubbly libations. Before the tour ends, guides dole out empty growlers, which can be kept solely as souvenirs or filled with thoughtful praise or freshly brewed beer for an additional cost. Tour groups will also receive souvenir pint glasses and Aviator coffee mugs for at-home sipping. Brewery tours run on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Aviator Brewing Company
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.