Raleigh’s craft beer pioneer to close and relocate its brewery

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Tavern manager Jesse Clark fills a pint of Super Chief at the Big Boss Tap Room on Thursday, July 16, 2009. ETHAN HYMAN – [email protected]

Ethan HymanStaff photo by Ethan

One of Raleigh’s first craft breweries is moving to a new home.

Big Boss Brewing announced online Wednesday that it will be leaving its longtime Atlantic Avenue home in Raleigh and moving into a new space next year.

“Our journey here at Big Boss Brewing has been through so many adventures, events, good times and great people that we are constantly humbled by the passion and enthusiasm of our customers,” the brewery said in a post. on social networks. “You’re the ones who made our Wicker Drive taproom one of the quirky craft beer hubs of the Raleigh scene. But all good things come to an end, including endings.

Big Boss opened at 1249 Wicker Drive in Raleigh in 2006 as one of the city’s first craft breweries. In the decade and a half since then, as the Triangle’s craft beer scene has exploded, Big Boss has remained a popular spot.

It’s known for its crisp German-style lager, Brown Ale Bad Penny, one of the region’s classic beers, and other inventive versions. Today it is the oldest local brewery in Raleigh.

“We are thrilled to announce that we will be moving to a new tasting room for 2023, to continue our journey as North Carolina’s craft beer pioneers and to bring new and delicious beers to our friends and neighbors. in the future,” Big Boss said. in a report. “But don’t worry, your favorite Big Boss beers aren’t going anywhere, and you’ll be able to find us statewide and at your local grocery and bottle stores until our new home is ready to welcome you all. !”

Big Boss Brewery Manager Seth Adams said the bar’s last day will be August 28, but all seasonal favorites and staple beers will still be available at local bottle shops and grocery stores. The final weeks will toast the warehouse-turned-bar that helped shape Raleigh beer.

“Come share some memories, there are a lot of memories in this place,” Adams said.

While the brewery remains open, Big Boss will be selling discounted $3 pints. Adams said the brewery was working on finalizing its new home, but didn’t rule out venturing beyond Raleigh.

“We’re looking everywhere, nothing’s on the table,” Adams said. “There’s a lot of excitement behind this move.”

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Tavern manager Jesse Clark fills a pint of Super Chief at the Big Boss Tap Room Thursday, July 16, 2009. ETHAN HYMAN – [email protected] Ethan Hyman Ethan HymanStaff photo by Ethan

The Big Boss production space and ballroom is located adjacent to one of Raleigh’s next major developments, Raleigh Iron Works, which will bring apartments, offices and new stores and restaurants along Atlantic Avenue.

Grubb Ventures, developer of Iron Works, also owns the current land of Big Boss. Grubb Ventures founder Gordon Grubb said the developer is considering an adaptive reuse plan for the building, similar to the company’s redevelopment of Dock 1053.

This story was originally published August 10, 2022 12:41 p.m.

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Drew Jackson writes about restaurants and dining for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, covering the Triangle and North Carolina food scene.

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