Cheers for beers: World’s biggest beer garden opens in Raleigh

Already a premiere destination for craft beer in Asheville, North Carolina, a fellow N.C. establishment in Raleigh – the Raleigh Beer Garden – opened its doors last week and claims 366 beers on tap (144 are N.C.-based).

Niall Hanley, the founding father of the place, said the Raleigh Beer Garden pays homage to the craft beer revolution.

Hanley also confirmed – after debate of a smaller amount of beers on tap – that the beer garden is in response to competition of other breweries incorporating more brews on their menus.

The two-story building’s first floor features the state’s own beer recipes, while the second floor houses other domestic and international creations, as well as its garden space for outdoor seating.

Altogether, the Raleigh Beer Garden takes up 8,600 square feet and manages to engulf a 40-foot pecan tree that was planted there prior to the construction process of the beer garden.

Although satisfied – for now – on enlisting on a world record 366 beers, Hanley, who also owns the Hibernian Irish Pub in N.C., mentioned another beer cooler is in the works and intends to offer just under 400 beers for his patrons.

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