Although hops and malt make a flavorsome fermentation, hops and scotch is a menacing mixture that causes blurry vision and a tendency to hop perilously on one foot. Today’s deal skips the games when searching for serious thirst quenchers: for $10, you get a brewery tour for two, plus two take-home pint glasses at Roth Brewing Company (a $20 value).
Starting as a homebrew hobby between a few friends, Roth Brewing Company has fermented into a passionate brew house that serves up a solid selection of original beers. Visitors get to ogle Roth's high-end brewing systems and beverage tanks in all their fermenting glory, learn about the beer-making process, and sip on some sample suds during the brewery tour, which also includes two complimentary beers of the guests' choice. Beers may include the brewery’s flagship ale known as Raleigh Red, an American amber ale that tickles tastes buddies with a crisp, hoppy finish, or the spring seasonal Mi Mei, a honey-plum hefeweizen that deliciously blends Asian plum wine flavors with the traditional German-style wheat beer. Two keepsake pint glasses will serve as a fond reminder of tour times and can act as the perfect holder for morning pints at sobering board meetings.
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Gizmo Brew Works
Deep in the Umstead Industrial Park, something stirs. Amid the clank of modern machinery, a group of workers busy themselves with one of the world's oldest crafts: brewing. At Gizmo Brew Works, this meeting of contemporary technology and ancient know-how produces a tempting slate of small-batch beers. Inside tanks that hold the equivalent of 1,000 pints each, brewers prep favorites including the smooth and sweet Black Stiletto Stout and the complex Palisade Wasp India Pale Ale with the same care that has earned many of their past beers medals at the Carolina Championship of Beer. Our fan favorite Beekeeper Honey Wheat exhibits the characteristics of honey sweetness, floral nose, fruity flavors, a hint of clove, with a light body. These beers and more make frequent appearances in the brewery's taproom, gracing pint glasses for impromptu toasts or filling up growlers for at-home sips. Never ones to shy away from curious guests, brewers also open up their facility for Saturday tours, walking groups through the beer-making process during 30-minute explorations.