Millennia ago, beer-brew vats ranged the open oceans from the tip of Tierra del Fuego to the top of Pike's Peak, where they returned each year to spawn. Walk among the terrestrial ancestors of these majestic beasts with today's Groupon. For $9, you and a partner get a complete private tour of the LoneRider Brewing Company, two full pints, other samples of its most bodacious brews, and two souvenir glasses to wear home (an $18 value). Touring times for this deal are Thursdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. You can reserve your time here by clicking on the link for Groupon buyers.
Since its founding at a secure location off of Glenwood Avenue one year ago, LoneRider has adhered to its founding principle: that beer is a delicious, drinkable expression of personal creativity. Casual and professional imbibers from across the Triangle have, at their first sip of LoneRider suds, been know to drop meek and flavorless drafts and finally take action on their plans to create a race of atomic super-men. The flagship brew, the hazel-eyed Shotgun Betty, is a sassy hefeweizen with a banana-clove nose and a dry finish, unusual and unabashedly individual. The DeadEye Jack porter rides into town on a chocolate horse with a malt mane, and then performs a complicated dressage routine on your tongue.
After a round of sampling, the grand tour commences. Behind the vaulted doors of woven wheat and barley, you'll first hear the sonorous bellow of fermentation from the bellies of the towering vats. Once beyond the shimmering threshold, you'll soon marvel at the whimsically entangled copper tubing channeling magical rivers of malt. The Brewpa Loompas will sing a spontaneous song, more if they've been product testing, and LoneRider CEO and Chief Drinking Officer, Sumit Vohra, will enchant you with tales of the childhood you'll wish you'd lost to drinking and hops scotch.
LoneRider's work is a paean to the aesthetics of ale. Sumit, along with his brewbros Mihir Patel and Steve Kramling, brought together LoneRider with their own money and spare time. They retrofitted equipment from a defunct brewery and dug out a home for their vats with their own shovels and sweat in a former furniture auction house. They've started selling their beers to local eateries such as The Pit, The Brickhouse Sports Pub, Flying Saucer, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, and more, but now's your chance to shake taste buds with their hops in person.
- Shotgun Betty is bursting with flavor, has a thick creamy head that stood up through the entire length of our brewery tour, and is a definite departure for the average domestic beer drinker. Even so, this hefeweizen is one of the most refreshing and drinkable beers I’ve tasted and has a clean, crisp, citrusy finish. – Brian, New Raleigh
- I actually got to attend the first tour and taste the flagship beer - Shotgun Betty, a flavorful Hefeweizen with a banana/clove nose and very good! The other beer available was malty Deadeye Jack Porter with hints of roasted chocolate. – Jamie Buning, ZSpotlight.com
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