Raleigh Brewing Co., located across from Meredith College, hopes to open late winter or early spring.
President Kristie Nystedt said she and her husband, Patrik, have been home brewers for about a decade. They were approached a few years ago by the folks behind Lynwood Grill about opening a brewery associated with the restaurant. While that idea didn't work out, Nystedt said they couldn't shake the idea of starting a brewery. Four months ago, they found a location behind Beansprout Chinese Restaurant on Hillsborough Street.
They hired John Federal as their brewer. Federal is wellknown among Raleigh home brewers as the general manager and brewing instructor at American Brewmaster for more than four years.
Nystedt said they plan to launch six beers: a Scotch ale, a rye IPA, a Belgian golden, a robust porter, an English bitter and a Raleigh uncommon. The last will be their gateway beer for those who prefer Budweiser and other macrobrews. Not only will they be brewing beer and hosting the public in a 2,800-square-foot tasting room, Nystedt said they will be reselling and distributing commercial brewing equipment.
For more information about the brewery, go to raleighbrewingcompany.com.