No one would mind being “Drafted” to go to Draft Line Brewing in Fuquay-Varina. Just a few blocks away (less than ½ a mile) from the more established Aviator Brewing Company, Draft Line Brewing is proving to be more than a stop on the way to anther brewery. This is a brewery worthy of a trip to Fuquay-Varina on its own. We intended to review Draft Line and Aviator in the same night; however, we enjoyed our visit to Draft Line so much we chose to stay longer and agreed to review Aviator another time.
It is worth mentioning that my crew of tasters were all male. (I note the gender of my friends because I wonder if a female reviewer would have found the experience as enjoyable as we did.) Like many breweries, Draft Line is located in a warehouse space so remember to park in the back–that’s where the action is.
There isn’t much remarkable about the outside of this brewery. They have built a deck on the back and are in the process of building a gazebo. It was a pleasant spring evening on the day of our visit so the large roll-up doors were open to the taproom.
The taproom had the décor of a “Man Cave” with its concrete floor, sports playing on the big screen, road signs, traffic lights and sheet metal. It is part of the ambiance. Tavern games can be found mingled with brewing equipment. When drinking in the Taproom, you’re in the brew house with nothing between you and the area where the brew masters are making their concoctions. My friends and I are quite comfortable in this setting.
Yet Draft Line seems to appeal to a wide variety of customers ranging in age and background, from golfers to bikers, blue collar factory workers to software salesmen. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. On the night we were there they had live music to entertain the eclectic crowd. With plenty of room for live music, Draft Line has bands playing almost every weekend.
The Taproom was well-staffed with friendly bartenders who were personable and quick with a joke. Nobody was in need of a brew with this crew working. One of the owners, Scott Palmieri, was mingling with the customers and was generous with his time talking with us about their upcoming first year anniversary party coming up on June 27. The brewery doesn’t serve food, however they regularly have food trucks serving. The night we were there Red Eye BBQ was serving up some great grub.
Graf Pale Ale: In my opinion this is one of the best pale ales brewed in North Carolina. I don’t often get excited about pale ales, but this one I loved. It has fruit notes that are easy to pick up upon but hard to place exactly what it is; mango, maybe? I’m a big fan.
Riversteam Scotch Ale: This beer has rich malt flavor and a nice scotch tone that is not overstated. This is a very enjoyable beer.
Singlepath IPA: An approachable IPA, it has good flavor but is a drinkable beer that will appeal to hopheads and no-hopheads alike.
Vienna Lager: One of our favorites. So we had a pint. And then another. (More than one pint was ordered by us during our visit!) Full of favor but smooth drinking.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Draft Line. We would like to hear about your next visit to this fun North Carolina village.
Michael Cole lives in Sanford, NC, and loves great food and beer. His taste tends to favor malts over hops so he’s an avid fan of ambers and dark beers.