Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Get Out and About - Local Breweries

When beginning to coupon and purposefully save money, it’s easy to feel as though social activities should be curbed. We all know that a night out can be REALLY expensive. Drinks can often cost more than dinner, and your total bill can be more expensive than a trip to the grocery store.

So what is a thrifty, but social (and thirsty), gal (or guy) to do?? Find money saving alternatives, of course!

For the remainder of this post, let’s focus on a FREE or inexpensive alternative to a drinks a bar, a way to get out with your friends or significant other, and enjoy conversation and a drink or two, while keeping the cash and cards inside your wallet.

Visit a Local Microbrewery!

Buying local is in vogue.  As consumers showed increased interest in purchasing locally produced products, microbreweries took full advantage and began popping up in cities across the United States. Microbrews can be much more expensive, though WAY more tasty, than beverages from mass production companies...lookin' at you Budweiser and Miller. As a thrifty, and fun, alternative to buying bottles at the store or bar, consider visiting a microbrewery near your home for a tasting and tour!

Microbreweries are looking to grow their business and establish a loyal customer base, so they will often offer FREE or inexpensive tastings, sometimes offering multiple pints per person. The tastings are usually accompanied by guided tours of the facilities. Triangle Brewery in Durham offers food for sale, tables for sitting and enjoying a drink, and lawn games, like bean bags and washers.

Here's a listing of some area breweries offering tours/tastings.

Triangle Brewery - Durham - Saturdays - Doors open at 1:00 pm - FREE tour and samples 

Big Boss Brewing - Raleigh - Second Saturdays - 2:00 pm - $1.00 samples

Fullsteam Brewery - Durham - no tours, but generally have FREE music or movies on weekends

Lonerider Brewing Company - Raleigh - website doesn't give prices - tasting room open Th-Sat

Mystery Brewing (new brewery - haven't tried them yet) - Hillsborough - tours and tasting by appointment

Aviator Brewing Company - Fuquay Varina - tours Thursdays and Fridays 6:00 pm, Saturdays 4:00 pm, free tour with purchase of beer

Carolina Brewing Company - Holly Springs - Saturdays 1:00 pm

Reader Response: Did I miss a local brewery offering tours and tastings? Let me know!

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