Sunday, June 4, 2017

Brewery Profile:
Lynnwood Brewing Concern

Lynnwood Brewing Concern's head brewer, Bill Gerds.

Lynnwood Brewing Concern
1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh

Phone: (919) 424-7533
Web: www.lynnwoodgrill.com
Owner: Ted Dwyer
Head brewer: Bill Gerds
Brewing system: 20 barrel
Year established: Brewpub/restaurant, July 2013; Taproom, Oct. 2015
Flagship beer: Hop on Top; Huberis (most popular)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Parking: Paved parking lot
Free Wi-Fi: Yes
Dog friendly: Only on patio and outside; no dogs allowed inside taproom
Stickers for sale: $1

Beers on draft: 22 beers on draft; plus home-made root beer
Pints/costs: 9-oz. and 16-oz. glasses, ranging from $2.50 to $5.50-plus
Flights: $9 for four 4-oz. pours
Cans/bottles for sale: Yes
Growler/howler fills: Yes
Crowler fills: No
Wine available: Yes
Food: Local food trucks
Within walking distance: PineTop Distillery; Sub Noir Brewing Company; Big Boss Brewing Company; Snoopy's Hot Dogs
Sampled during our visit: Saison du Bois; Hop on Top IPA; 342 Pale Ale and 430 Pale Ale

A flight of beer at Lynnwood Brewing Concern.

If you're from the Raleigh-area, you probably already know about two of Lynnwood Brewing Concern's biggest accomplishments in 2016. Head brewer, Bill Gerds, along with brewers Andy Gallagher, Darryl Wells, Sarah Sinning and Ben Ames brought home two gold medals in the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Those two beers include the Once you go Black IPA and the Drop Bear Australian Pale Ale.

If you've been to Lynnwood you know you can find something that suits your palate relatively easy – with a total of 22 beers on draft, ranging from IPA, Blondes, Porters, Stouts, Saisons and even a very easy drinking Raspberry Wheat.

One thing new to Lynnwood is the sour program they've began earlier this year with the release of Violaceous, a sour Belgium ale aged in Chardonnay barrels and black currants. For its second release, Lynnwood put forth Luciferous, another sour beer aged with apricots. While at the taproom, we talked with head brewer Bill Gerds, who shared with us the next release in the sour program – a Flanders Red aged with cherries. We can't wait for that release. The gang at Lynnwood would like to be able to release a new sour beer to the public every 6 to 8 weeks.