Raleigh is not only a great place to run, but it’s also the home of 20 breweries (and counting). 5 of them fall on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon course. So whether you are cheering on a friend or looking to grab a post race beer, here are five spots that are close by.
1. Crank Arm Brewing (Mile 0.5)
319 West Davie Street
Just off the start, and right near the finish is Crank Arm. They’ve got many Belgian inspired beers, but also have some tasty seasonals, like the “Holy Mole Smoke Porter” and the “Trail Bandit Peanut Butter Stout.” They also host weekly bike rides, and will pick you up on one of their many rickshaws to bring you to the brewery.
2. Natty Greene’s Brewing (Mile 1)
505 West Jones Street
Just down the street from the first mile mark is Natty Greene’s. Born in Greensboro, with longtime roots in Raleigh, it’s no surprise that their flagship is the “Southern Pale Ale.” They’ll also be hosting Raleigh’s first public Beer Mile on Thursday, May 21st (Use code: PatPrice for $5 off registration).
3. Raleigh Brewing Company (Mile 9.5 and 11.5)
3709 Neil Street
Whether you’re about to head down Faircloth or coming back up, RBC is tucked in on the corner of Hillsborough Street, right across from Meredith College. Host of the Sir Walter Miler pre and post party, Raleigh Brewing just added canning to go along with their Small Batch Tuesdays, Firkin Fridays, and parking lot parties with pro wrestling shows.
4. Boylan Bridge Brew Pub (Mile 25.2)
201 South Boylan Avenue
Looking for the best view in town? Look no further than the Boylan Bridge. Runners will certainly appreciate your help as they cross mile 25 (or 12 in the half) right in front of the brewpub. A great place to hang on any beautiful day in the Capital City.
5. Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co. (Mile 25.5)
827 West Morgan Street
Need some ‘za to power you through the last mile? Trophy has some of the best in town. Looking for a tasty post race (or post run) sour ale? They usually have a nice Gose or Berliner Weisse on tap. Want something a little different? Try the “Milky Way” Salted Caramel Sweet Stout. Thank me later. Or just buy me one at their weekly Wednesday night run.