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.
$27 for a Brewery Tour Package for Two ($60 Value)
- Two admissions to the bourbon-barrel-aged beer tour (a $17 value)
- Three 22-ounce bottles of beer; choose from HotRod Red, HogWild IPA, and Devil’s Tripel (an $18 value)
- One growler of HotRod Red (a $15 value)
- Two souvenir pint glasses (a $10 value)
During the brewery tour, guests observe Aviator's bourbon-barrel-aged beer in its natural habitat and sample grains before their metamorphosis into a sudsy elixir. Growlers of the time-tested irish red ale, HotRod Red, fuel at-home revelry, as guests take them home to later be filled with thoughtful praise or additional freshly brewed beer. The brewery leads tours on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., and is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Groupon holders must be 21, but younger guests may follow tours with a satyr chaperone or the purchase of a soda. The price of the beer in this deal has not been discounted; the discount applies only to the tour and pint glasses.
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.