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 Groupon skips the games: for $19, you get a brewery tour for two (a $20 value), plus two take-home pint glasses (a $10 value), two raffle tickets good for a chance to win an American Brewmaster home-brew kit (a $4 value), and one growler jug (a $4 value) at Roth Brewing Company (a $38 total 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 receive an empty growler which can be used to purchase and store one of their craft brews such as the Raleigh Red, an American amber ale that tickles taste 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 and the two raffle tickets give visitors a chance to win a starter home-brew kit and unlock the secrets of perpetual booze. Tours are scheduled on demand anytime during Roth’s tap-room hours (4 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday).
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.
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