Compass Rose Brewery is based in North Raleigh, but uses global influences in its brewed creations.
"Globally inspired, locally brewed" is how brewer Thomas Vincent put it.
For example, there Agave Cream Ale uses blue agave traditionally used in tequila production. Te result is a brew with distinctive tropical and pineapple notes. Other beers utilize ingredients as diverse as tamarind, hibiscus, and local North Carolina honey.
The brewery opened in 2015 in a part of Raleigh, which didn't have its own brewery. Since then, Compass Rose has become popular not just with area locals but also with beer lovers throughout the regions.
It's popular in part because of the taproom's wide-open feel. The space encompasses over 5,000 square feet and has high ceiling. Its attention to detail that went into the design of the space is evidenced by the custom tap handles, phone chargers and purse hooks at the bar. But of course the popularity is also because of the fine beer made by Vincent.
In addition to the cream ale, flagship beers at Compass Rose include a Saison and their Wheelhouse IPA, an American IPA. The brewery, which at present sells its product in draft – selling kegs to establishments throughout the Triangle area and offering growler fills at the taproom – also makes pilot brews for its taproom regulars.
"We've made a double IPA for the hop heads," said Justin McConkey, the brewery's general manager. "And a Belgium golden, for those who like a beer with a higher ABV."
Already, the large taproom has become popular for group events. The brewery has hosted numerous company parties, wedding receptions and even a wedding.
"Wit our big open space," MConkey said, "we can be felxible in the layout of events."
As the brewery grows, its loyal customers will be able to savor more of its beers and build an even stronger legacy of memories at the taproom.
"One of our mottoes," McConkey said," is explore, enjoy, repeat. Trust your compass."
Article by Wine & Craft Beverage News, June 2017