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The Best Breweries in Durham, NC

Bull City often is known as “Beer City,” and for good reason! You’ll find a large number of breweries and restaurants that feature local brews, and great nightlife locations where one can enjoy the frosty beverages handcrafted in the Durham area. A “beercation” or craft beer lover’s getaway is just what you need to have a wonderful escape from everyday life. You may even be interested in entertaining some of the local brewery tours, bike beer tours, and more. Check out these top five breweries in Durham, NC.

There’s even more to enjoy during your time in Durham! Don’t forget to request a copy of our free online Vacation Guide to gain local knowledge about the best things to do and see in the area.

Complete Guide to the Best Breweries in Durham

Fullsteam Brewery

The Fullsteam Brewery crew is on a mission “to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer” and they have succeeded! They want you to fall in love with Southern flavors and support local farmers. Enjoy beers like the Summer Basil, a Sweet Potato beer, and more. This is one of the most popular breweries in the Triangle! Beer lovers can enjoy experimental one-of-a-kind test batches, ciders, music, movies, and even frequent food trucks!

Ponysaurus Brewing Company

Ponysaurus Brewing Company says they’re “the beer that beer would drink if beer could drink beer.” They have a lovely outdoor patio unlike any other, allowing you to grill while you enjoy their beers. That’s right! Reserve a grill online, then order your grill-ready food and get ready to indulge in a day of grilling and sipping delicious craft beers.

Bull City Burger and Brewery

Bull City Burger is a locally owned, independent restaurant and brewery open all week for lunch and dinner. Enjoy eight craft beers on tap and exceptional burgers from locally raised cows that are hormone and antibiotic-free. They also make their own all-beef hotdogs, bring in local produce, and provide fresh housemade buns. They pride themselves on their low energy footprint, something the town of Durham greatly appreciates. In fact, they put almost zero food waste into landfills annually. They also offer brewery tours on the weekends and call March their “exotic meat month.” You’ll have to stop by to see what that’s about!

Durty Bull Brewing Company

Guests love Durty Bull’s 6,000 square foot brewery and tasting room! You will not be disappointed in this creative brewery. Their specialty is barrel-aged and sour beers and they even bring in food trucks for their patrons. While you’re there, you can enjoy a game of Nintendo as well as board games while savoring your sips. Keep in mind they are only opened Thursday-Sunday so plan accordingly!

Beer Durham

At Beer Durham, you’ll find twenty taps of local, regional, and national craft beers. Stay and enjoy a tasting or purchase a growler and retreat back to your accommodations for a relaxing night in. Their website is always updated with current promotions, what’s on tap, and any beers that are running low.

Durham Beer Tasting & Tours

Want to leave your beer tasting experience to the experts? You can book a beer tasting tour with several companies.

  • Beltline Beer Tours tours Durham and Raleigh breweries.
  • Biker Bar NC  is for those wanting to try something different like the Biker Bar NC. Pedal on a 14 person bike bar while you enjoy touring downtown Durham and visiting the best breweries in town.

Sleep Off the Beer Belly at Arrowhead Inn

There’s nothing like crawling into an ultra-cozy bed after an afternoon of drinks, games, and even grilling. Return to Arrowhead Inn to find luxurious, flawlessly decorated accommodations, and friendly staff to meet all your needs. Our rooms are designed for the ultimate level of comfort and privacy to make each guest feel right at home during their stay. Plus, we are located near all the best things to do and see in Durham, including our favorite breweries! You’ll have everything you need to enjoy a wonderful Durham stay. Browse our guest rooms and book your stay with us today.

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