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Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending


4913 S Alston Ave
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 908-9659
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Photo of Chloe Hawkings Chloe Hawkings
Mar 25, 2019 5

Incredible beer and beautiful location. We came here on a warm day and sat outside under the trees and enjoyed our sours, the flavors were very creative. I tried almost everything on the menu and was impressed by everything.

Photo of Ashley Riley Ashley Riley
Feb 27, 2019 4

Cute place! Not well designated from the road, so pay attention when your GPS says to turn ahead. That being said -- definitely stop by. Small brewery, they've got a few of their brews but also offer others. HIGHLY recommend their smores beer - strong but so well done. Thanks for being so welcoming guys!

Photo of Chris Goodrich Chris Goodrich
Apr 24, 2019 5

Met my friends after work to go here for the first time. Cool space and I personally like the style of beer they are making. The owners(maybe employees or both) asked us to play in a ping pong tournament in the back room that one of my friends actually won and got a $25 gift card. Best first experience at a brewery I have ever had. Check it out, the RTP area really needed another spot.

Photo of Adam Socha Adam Socha
Jun 15, 2019 4

Very nice bartenders and atmosphere. Drinks just aren't our style, however, a lot of people are fans. They have very interesting mixes and flavors.

Photo of Eric Andrikaitis Eric Andrikaitis
Jun 13, 2019 5

Great beer selection even beyond their own creative line. Friendly ownership. Nice spot to grab some drinks near RTP.

Photo of Coco Wander Coco Wander
Mar 19, 2022 5

Great outdoor brewery!!! As someone who believes sours are the future this place nails it. Don't worry they have others as well but it was so fun to see a diverse selection of sours

Photo of Meghan Reid Meghan Reid
Feb 22, 2022 4

This place is huge! There is seating outside in the front, more private outdoor seating in the back, indoor seating, and even a barrel room which was perfect for stand up comedy! The night I went there was even a food truck. Will be coming back for more comedy and great beer!

Photo of Thomas Van Horn Thomas Van Horn
Jan 20, 2022 5

Stopped in on a visit to Durham and was blown away! Had a great sour and a perfect Double IPA brewed with honey for the sugar. Like a cross between a mead and an IPA. I love theor unique style.

Photo of Corey Morris Corey Morris
Dec 17, 2021 5

My favorite brewery in the area. Must go if you like sours and the other beers are excellent as well. Just wish they were open a bit later weekday nights. Closing at 9 makes it hard to get to very often.

Photo of Erin Lavin Erin Lavin
Dec 12, 2021 5

We had a holiday gathering at the back room, and my whole group could not have been more pleased. Caroline and all the staff were so kind and accommodating, going out of their way to make the experience perfect for everyone. Hosting the party there was the best decision I could have made. And of course, their beers are absolutely delicious!!!

Photo of Kaitlin M Kaitlin M
Jul 1, 2021 5

We hosted a large group event at Barrel Culture and were extraordinarily pleased! They went above and beyond to make sure our videos would play on the projectors and were incredibly easy to work with. The space was large and perfect for a large group. With an incredible beer selection and a food truck on site for the evening, our guests had everything they needed at their fingertips. We will certainly be back next year! We highly recommend Barrel Culture - especially for any group gatherings!

Photo of Kelly Rowell Kelly Rowell
Nov 12, 2021 5

Recently hosted an event at Barrel Culture and it was awesome. About 75 pp, plenty of space and a great staff to boot. Caroline and Ben were super helpful, we will be back! Check them out.

Photo of John Kline John Kline
Nov 5, 2021 5

Caroline opened up early for us when we showed up just looking for a picnic table to eat lunch at. Fantastic service and excellent beer! Great IPAs and plenty of more flavored, adventurous options. I will definitely be returning!

Photo of Aspen Colorado Aspen Colorado
Oct 9, 2021 5

Great beers and friendly staff. Had an amazing first experience and bottle share. Must visit for anyone in the area

Photo of David Kinnamon David Kinnamon
Oct 10, 2021 5

Visit here often. Always creative and delicious beers on taps, and they change frequently so there is always something new to try. Staff is always incredibly friendly and helpful. Really good place to relax and catch up with some friends. To try something out of left field, the beer slushes and beer soft serve aren't gimmicks, they are delicious and still pack a punch.

Photo of Preston Edge Preston Edge
Jun 25, 2021 5

Great craft beers with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (front and back patios). The “triple peach illusory” and the “That’s my purse I don’t know you” pale ale were both excellent. Food truck out front came in handy. Parking is tight in the main lot, but there is additional parking across the street.

Photo of Barry McLamb Barry McLamb
Jun 4, 2021 5

I used Barrel Culture’s event space and was extremely happy with the venue and the staff. Caroline and Ben were super helpful throughout the process and worked hard to make sure our needs were met. Oh, and they produce some really great beers too! I would recommend BC for everything from enjoying a beverage in the taproom, to hanging out on the patio, to Thursday night trivia and of course, hosting your event. It’s a great place ran by great people.

Photo of Paul fells Paul fells
May 31, 2021 5

Love this place really great sours. They never miss when i come here.

Photo of Stephen Parker Stephen Parker
Mar 20, 2021 5

Great spot on the edge of Durham that showcases some of the best sour beers in the state. Big stouts and delicious IPAs are typically also available. And I’ve been eyeballing their beer slushy‘s for months now — can’t wait for the weather to get warm. The space itself is modest but modern inside. They have decent outdoor seating under flowering trees or on their back patio. Great place to introduce people to the delicious world of craft beer!

Photo of Andrew Prince Andrew Prince
Mar 11, 2021 5

The beer selection is unique with plenty of sours and ales available. I had a strawberry lemon sour and a raspberry blackberry sour and both were great. I needed a place to kill some time and the picnic tables outside were convenient to enjoy a sunny day. I’ll be back in the future to try more of the sours and certainly recommend for those who find themselves in the awkward middle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

Photo of Justin Dunlevy Justin Dunlevy
Feb 14, 2021 5

Great spot with friendly staff. Offers to try a before before you buy and very knowledgeable about the beer. Great! Covid protocols.

Photo of Sean LaFata Sean LaFata
Jan 29, 2021 5

Absolutely excellent brewery specializing in a variety of sours. Great selection of beers and sours with unique flavors. In-person the ambience is nice, with well-distanced tables both inside and out. They're dog friendly and the staff is always super nice. Definitely a more unique place to check out if you're tired of the standard brewery selections. They don't really have an in-house kitchen, so most of the food selection is pretty basic, wouldn't recommend going if food is anything you're looking for.

Photo of Sean LaFata Sean LaFata
Oct 31, 2020 5

Absolutely excellent brewery specializing in a variety of sours. Great selection of beers and sours with unique flavors. In-person the ambience is nice, with well-distanced tables both inside and out. They're dog friendly and the staff is always super nice. Definitely a more unique place to check out if you're tired of the standard brewery selections. They don't really have an in-house kitchen, so most of the food selection is pretty basic, wouldn't recommend going their if food is anything you're looking for.

Photo of Andrea Martin Andrea Martin
Feb 7, 2021 5

Yum! So many sour ale options and beer slushees! The butterfinger stout was like drinking a well balanced milkshake. The staff was very knowledgeable and kind. The inside is clean, open, and well modernized. There are many picnic tables outside to sit at when the weather permits.

Photo of Jim Harrison Jim Harrison
Dec 20, 2020 5

Very interesting!!! They specialize in sour beers/wild ales. We had the Illusory and Daze Hazy IPAs as well as the Bramble. Very unique and I look forward to trying more. Service was outstanding. They were supposed to have a food truck, but they were late. We were there at opening time on Dec 20th.

Photo of Susan Jennings Susan Jennings
Dec 12, 2020 5

This place is great! I love the atmosphere. There is plenty of room to spread out and I love sitting on the back deck surrounded by the beautiful pine trees. They had a delicious cheese plate from Raleigh Cheesy that my friends and I enjoyed sharing. My friends loved the triple berry sour beer and the peach skillet sour beer. The customer service was excellent as well.

Photo of Molly Parham Molly Parham
Oct 31, 2020 5

Love it. I love sours and so glad to have a place nearby for sours. And amazing slushies.

Photo of Leonie Hoffman Leonie Hoffman
Sep 13, 2020 5

Great beer and a cute little patio.

Photo of Stephen Dunn Stephen Dunn
Aug 28, 2020 5

Great beer of course. Nice patio, decent sized indoor seating. Great service.

Photo of Philip Matthews Philip Matthews
Aug 22, 2020 5

Good beer, pleasant staff, comfortable environment.

Photo of Max Pearse Max Pearse
Aug 14, 2020 5

Awesome outdoor seating! Delicious and unique drinks

Photo of Science Jess Science Jess
Aug 14, 2020 5

Detail oriented, super friendly, yummy and creative beers, tons of outdoor seating — literally couldn’t ask for more. Cheers!

Photo of Kelly Iannello Kelly Iannello
Jul 26, 2020 5

Amazing place, great staff, incredible beers. We'll definitely be back over and over again. Very cautious in our current times. I appreciate it!! Thank you Brian for your wonderful service and knowledge. We appreciate you!!

Photo of Joe Bass Joe Bass
Jun 28, 2020 5

Good brewery with good beers.

Photo of Brad H Brad H
Jun 28, 2020 5

Loved it! Fantastic, eclectic beer choices that you can’t find just anywhere. Beers loaded with unique flavors and pleasing to the palette. Awesome atmosphere and wonderful service. Perfect COVID getaway stop! Highly recommend. We’ll be back on our next trip through the Raleigh/Durham area.

Photo of Lindsay W Lindsay W
Oct 21, 2017 5

Stopped in on a Friday after work. The taproom is stunning- from the bar and creative tap handles to the cool marble like floor. The bartender was kind and helpful in telling us about their brews. They have fun fruit sours brewed there and an assortment of high quality, some rare, guest taps. I am excited about this addition to south Durham. My only wish is that they were dog friendly- the bartender said they are working on getting their outdoor seating set up and dogs will eventually be welcome there, however.

Photo of Glen Fellman Glen Fellman
Jul 7, 2018 5

I had no idea this place existed. Nice surprise. They specialize in sours. They do 6.5 oz. pours and will let you taste, but no flights. I tasted their Summer Jam sour with pineapple and beets. Really nice. Also their Key Lime Cooler. A little sweet for my taste. Settled on a very sour sour, Grapefruit Explosions. All their beers are $5 for 6.5 oz. They also have other craft brews at various prices if you're not a sour lover. The space is spotlessly clean and has a couple TVs. There are shaded picnic tables outside too. Go check it out.

Photo of Simonye Craig Simonye Craig
Dec 31, 2018 5

Such a nice quiet place with unique beers and other things. Its off the beaten path and really worth a visit.

Photo of Corey Floyd Corey Floyd
Mar 2, 2020 5

This place is amazing, beers are always the best in the area. I wish they did flights, but most beers are priced well and they offer different pour options.

Photo of Dave McCoy Dave McCoy
Jan 7, 2020 5

Creative sour beers and a cool spot to enjoy a beer!

Photo of John Cermak John Cermak
Sep 14, 2019 3

They have good beers and I'd probably give 5 stars if they offered flights, hard to believe a brewery these days doesn't especially one with expensive beers.

Photo of Jamal Ayoubi Jamal Ayoubi
Jul 27, 2019 3

This place is awesome, has a good selection of beer, and has great seating both indoor and outdoor with plenty of fun activities like KanJam and Ping-Pong. All great, but their hours are terrible! I want to spend money here, BE OPEN MORE. 12 - 3 on a Saturday? Surely they can have better hours than that.

Photo of A Z A Z
May 17, 2022 5

Had a great time relaxing with a beer (or two) before jumping on a plane. Awesome spot and Ben was very friendly! We’ll definitely come back next time we are in town!

Photo of B 123 B 123
May 23, 2022 5

Very cool warehouse feel to the place on the outside, but new and well-kept on the inside. It seems most of their beers are sours which is good if you're into that kind of thing. They do seem to be a bit on the pricey side, tbh. I would go back though.

Photo of Hannah Hannah Hannah Hannah
Jun 9, 2022 5

I've been to Barrel Culture multiple times in the last 6 months and it's now one of my favorite breweries in the triangle. This is a popular place among my work friends now and we love to head here for happy hour. When I mentioned I didn't think i was a sours person once, Ben poured me a few samples that quickly changed my mind. Now I know that I love certain types of berry sours and I always like to try their new batch brews! I also recently cohosted a Reunion here and they have a wonderful event space in the back. Caroline was so responsive as we were planning, even taking the time to meet one on one with us. The crew here did so much to make our event special by setting up tables with linens, providing ice that they acquired specifically for our event, and helping us with the slideshow and music when we arrived. The bartenders here really went above and beyond and everyone had a great time. The space itself is really nice. The private event room also leads directly to the patio. There's tons of room to spread out and mingle. There is a private bar in the back that you can request a bartender for but we stuck with the main bar in the front for more access to different taps. Thanks so much Barrel Culture!

Photo of Eric Bowman Eric Bowman
Dec 21, 2021 5

Awesome brewery with rad beers and super friendly staff. Love the vibe here.

Photo of Smilemz Smilemz
Feb 19, 2022 5

Great beers! Great location! Excellent staff! Plenty of seating outside, at the front bar, and in the back barrel room. Vibe and customers are always pleasant.

Photo of David C David C
Aug 13, 2022 5

Came from Charlotte to visit the home of my wife’s all time favorite beers. Barrel Culture makes the absolute best sours we have ever tried. I enjoyed their blonde ale and saison very much. The staff (Ben and Alicia) are the best we have ever met at any brewery or restaurant. They are genuine people, and they are there to ensure you have the best experience. The place is perfect for those with dogs and children. Plenary of diverse areas to enjoy. We plan to drive back from Charlotte for a day visit soon - it is well worth the trip!

Photo of Eric Finkelstein Eric Finkelstein
Jan 15, 2022 5

I sampled 8 beers here and thought they ranged from excellent to near-perfection. All the sour and farmhouse ales we tried were so well-balanced between fruitiness and tartness. My favorite was "Heavy Jams: Quadberry" and my girlfriend's favorite was "Erosion Theories: Strawberry Lemon". As a sour beer lover, I was pleased that even the "IPAs" we sampled would probably be more accurately labeled "sour IPAs". We also tried the "Chocolate Wafer Slide", which is a stout with blend-ins, aptly called a slushee since it's an icy slush, an tasted like a chocolate milkshake slushy with a twist. Bonus points for listing the menu on Untappd. My only criticism is they don't offer flights, and don't offer 5oz pours either (most are 10oz at the smallest, with some 6.5oz exceptions). However the server allowed us tiny free samples of 4 (not pictured) before we purchased 4 (pictured) -- thanks!