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Triangle Brewery Roundup: Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina

(The Triangle Trend) — Microbreweries are a pervasive, unique, and essential thread in the cultural fabric of the towns we call home. They are a refuge, a detour, and a destination. Whether it’s drowning sorrows or celebrating successes, the microbrewery, like the local bar, fits the bill. Add a generous helping of food trucks, live music, and an eclectic mix of cool events, and you have a wonderfully open and inviting venue. Then comes the beer. You don’t have to love, or even like, beer to visit these establishments, but it doesn’t hurt. Keep reading for our list of some of the best microbreweries in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina!

Holly Springs 

Bombshell Beer Company 

Opened in 2014, Bombshell Beer Company is the only all-female owned brewery in the state and one of the few in the country. As stated on their website, “they draw upon the power of their brains, beauty, and beliefs that great brewing practices make for great beer and great times for all.” Guests can enjoy an excellent selection of specialty beers along with wines and ciders in Bombshell’s outdoor beer garden.

Owners: Ellen Joyner, Jackie Hudspeth, and Michelle Miniutti 

Brewmaster: Devin Singley 

120 Quantum Drive 

Holly Springs, NC 27540 

(919) 823-1933 

Carolina Brewing Company 

Carolina Brewing Company is the collaboration of three Seattle friends who decided to take their perfected basement brew to NC. It has been anchored in Holly Springs since 1995. The taproom opened in 2015 to commemorate their 20th anniversary with their signature motto: “All it takes is a liver and a dream.”

Owners: Greg Shuck, Joe Zonin, Mark Heath, and Van Smith 

Brewmaster: Mark Heath 

140 Thomas Mill Road 

Holly Springs, NC 27540 

(919) 557-2337 

Fuquay-Varina 

Aviator Brewing Company 

The Aviator Brewing Company opened its brewery in 2009. Their ensuing success grew into the impressive Aviator smokehouse, gastropub and pizzeria found along Broadstreet. The original brewery (housed in what was originally an airplane hangar) is modest, with some inside and outside seating. It should be noted that Aviator is building a new brewery complex. Visit their website for more information. 

Owner: Mark Doble 

Brewmaster: Dave Gentry 

209 Technology Park Lane 

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 

(919) 567-2337 

Vicious Fishes

In the spirit of the more, the merrier, Vicious Fishes added their Fuquay-Varina Taproom and Kitchen in April 2019. It boasts an eclectic, gastropub menu and, of course, a lot of their fresh brewed beers. Vicious Fishes’ philosophy is to produce interesting and delicious beers of the highest quality that make it really hard for you to decide which to have next.

Owner: Ken O’Berry 

Brewmaster: John Federal 

132 S. Fuquay Avenue 

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 

(919) 762-7876 

Mason Jar Lager Company 

The Mason Jar Lager Company opened its doors in 2017. They are a lager-only brewery, focused on making well-crafted, yet easy-drinking beers. They feel that beer is a social beverage and a great way to help foster a sense of community. Stop by their taproom or one of their restaurants and enjoy “a taste of Southern hospitality.” Lager, Y’all! 

Owners: Jonathan and Maggie Pierce 

Brewmaster: Dave Haydysch 

341 East Broad Street, Suite 155 

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 

(919) 235-8325 

Oaklyn Springs Brewery 

Founded by a few friends with a rich home brewing history, Oaklyn Springs Brewery opened in April 2019. Their goal is to share great craft beer with the local community, while staying true to the craft. Oaklyn Springs Brewery provides a genuinely warm and inviting tap room that is just right for friends to gather in and enjoy wonderfully unique beer together.

Owners: John Blazewicz, Kerry Powell, Chris Groff, JD Conley 

Brewmaster: Daniel “Rusty” Barker 

2912 N. Main Street, Suite 100 

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27540 

(919) 762-0049 

The Fainting Goat Brewing Company

The Fainting Goat opened its doors in October 2015. It is a veteran and woman-owned brewery that features high quality, hand-crafted beers in a casual, inviting space in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The taprooms do not have Wi-Fi as they believe strongly in personal interaction. They invite you to hang out, play a game, talk to a friend, or meet new ones.

Owners: MaryAnn Durborrow and Tim Reichert 

Brewmaster: Tim Reichert 

330 S Main Street 

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27536 

(919) 346-7915 

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