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: for $18 you get a brewery-tour package at Aviator Brewing Company (a $36 value). This Groupon is only valid at the brewery location in Fuquay Varina. The package includes the following:
- A brewery tour for two (an $8 value)
- One Aviator growler full of Hotrod Red (a $16 value)
- Two pint glasses (a $10 value)
- Two stickers (a $2 value)<p>
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 1,860 gallons of award-winning libations. During the brewery tour, guests observe Aviator’s beers in their natural habitat and sample grain before its metamorphosis into wintry elixirs such as the Blackmamba oatmeal stout or the dark, smoke-soaked Frostnipper. To-go growlers of the time-tested Irish red ale, Hotrod Red, fuel at-home revelry, which guests take home to be filled with thoughtful praise or additional freshly brewed beer.
The brewery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a single tour at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with multiple tours between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Groupon holders must be 21, but younger guests may follow tours with a satyr chaperone or the purchase of a soda.
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.