Even if you’re someone who only thinks of cider as a lesser beer alternative for the gluten-free crowd, this craft cidery on the outskirts of downtown Durham will change your mind. It’s hard to go wrong with the dry flagship cider, but it’s the more experimental brews that we really love. If it’s your first visit, get a flight of options like a ginger-based Rhize Up, pumpkin-y Jack and Oak, and ghost pepper-infused Spooky Mango. The industrial indoor space is filled with long communal tables, and the outdoor picnic tables on their huge front lawn are great if you have dogs or kids tagging along.
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You know you’re getting chicken and waffles at Dame’s in Durham and you know you’re going to need a nap after.
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Steel String Brewery
For a brewery without rowdy college students, head to Steel String in Carrboro.
Trophy Brewing & Pizza
All three Trophy locations around Raleigh have the same great beer, but when you want fantastic pizza too, head to the one on Morgan.
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