UPDATED: Raleigh Brewing Company opens Saturday at 5 p.m. with special offers for the first tasters.
The starting lineup at the capitol city's newest craft brewery features six beers and other experimental batches, along with a cask ale. What's on tap: an English bitter (City of Blokes), a light lager (Uncommon Curiosity), a rye India pale ale (House of Clay), a Belgian golden strong (HellYesMa'am), a Scottish ale (Blatherskite) and a wheat IPA lager (Love Triangle).
The experimental beers include an American wheat with blood oranges (Agent Orange) and a dry stout. A root beer for the nonalcoholic crowd will also be on tap.
Brewer John Federal told me a few weeks ago that he expects the light lager and rye IPA to be popular -- both are recipes he has honed for years as a homebrewer.
As part of the opening day festivities, Blue Sky Dining will serve food from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a beer trivia game starts at 8 p.m. and live music begins at 9 p.m. and goes until the midnight closing. The brewery is located off Neil Street across from Meredith College.
The first 100 customers to buy an unfilled growler receive a commemorative coaster and punch card to get prizes after trying all the brewery's core beers. Find more information here.