Big Boss Brewing Company

1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604, United States
(919) 834-0045
Latitude: 35.80973, Longitude: -78.61822


  • Monday: 3:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 3:00 PM 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 3:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 3:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 2:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 7:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.38 | Atmosphere: 3.50 | Service: 3.88
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
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out of 5
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Manny13 (3)
Wednesday 18th of January 2012 01:05:02 PM
I have not had the opportunity to tour Big Boss yet, so I can’t comment on the tour. However, I have tried plenty of their beer and they are making a good push in the Raleigh market, not just by sheer marketing, but the quality and drinkability of their craft beer. The brewery itself is located in the middle of an industrial park. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered a brewery in such a location, and I think to some degree breweries are starting to trend this way. What distinguishes Big Boss, is that they have managed to take the tasting and moved it to a dive bar. I’ll be upfront, I’m a lover of a good dive bar, and Big Boss brings it very well. Their bar is complete with leather couches, pool table, ping pong table, and shuffle board. It’s a hole in the wall, but it’s not “dirty” as some have described it. “Raw“ is a better way to describe it. Their beers are relatively inexpensive at their bar, as opposed to what you may pay at some places in Raleigh. Their selection is awesome, and most times they will have plenty of beers on tap that aren’t distributed, even locally. Harvest, Aces & Ates, Bockscar, as well as their Angry Angel, Helle’s Belle and Blanco Diablo are all very good. The only beer I haven’t liked from them is their Bad Penny. However, keep in mind, I’m not a fan of Brown’s and it is their number one seller, so it must be good for most. I’d recommend this brewery/bar to anyone looking for a little something different from a brewery! one more thing, I'd have to agree that sometimes the service can be a little "off". Not rude, but not overly friendly either.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A

buglermcd (7)
Thursday 3rd of June 2010 11:14:50 AM
Unfortunately, the reviewers here seem to be reviewing the attached pub, Horniblows, and not the Brewery itself.

Big Boss is on the verge of really breaking through to the craft beer drinker in Raleigh. Their three main beers are now available in grocery stores around the area.

The beers themselves are good representations of their respective styles.

The Kolsh is extremely light and fruity, and is a great, and much better tasting alternative to any Light American Lager.

The Belgian Blonde is definitely the best of their beers with a very pleasant fruity aroma and flavor.

Their brown ale is very solid in its own right.

They also normally have about 4-6 specialty brews on tap that are not available outside of the brewery. These also include cask ales, something you don't see in the South, let alone in the US.

Horniblows does need some work, but that is their bar. Not the Big Boss Brewery itself.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A

danhoff1 (6)
Thursday 4th of March 2010 10:32:23 AM
generaly a nice brewery with a shitty bar upstairs. the tours i have been to have been over packed and very impersonal. the beers they give you to taste are all too standard. again they put out some nice speciality beers that you cant get outside of there sht hole bar for 5$ a pint. but the brewers clearly know what they are doing and there marketing is fenominal, so... i would rate this one real high if they would get there high-end beers out there. bottom line-- its what the owners want it to be and they have done well with it (for the atmoshpere review i am averaging the very nice brewery with the dump bar)
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 3 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A

mattylehj (3)
Thursday 9th of April 2009 06:04:54 PM
The only beer to really talk about from this brewery would be the Helles Belles. It's a good, solid ale with high abv and a tad on the sweet side. They definitely have the branding thing down but they are seriously missing the ball game on a grand scale when it comes to their tap house; smoky, dirty, raw and often rude staff. Otherwise, the tour is interesting and then I'd head on over to Aviator for some real craft brews ;)
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 2 | Service: 3 | Food: N/A
Sunday 13th of July 2008 12:48:09 PM

This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.

Small but upcoming brewery, they said they were expanding from 1000 barrels per year to 4000 barrels per year, which is a big jump for a small brewery.

Every second sunday (or something like that) they have a free tour of their brewery, complete with free beer samples for dropping by. They also have a bar upstairs with their entire seasonal and regular lines on tap. Bought a T-shirt and Glass from them for posterity's sake.

They had a large selection of beer styles, though they stuck to english or belgian ale yeasts and associated styles. Tried their three main beers, which were a blonde ale, a brown ale, and their german kolsch. All were really really good, pretty crisp and flavorful, with a yeasty/fruity overtone. I really liked all three, but the blonde ale was my favorite. It tasted like a really good weisse, which is my style of choice.

They also had some other flavors, notably a double IPA, seasonal styles (like a pumpkin beer), a coffee stout, and some other variations on the belgian ale. They didnt have EVERY beer imaginable, but (to show you) I was counting which styles they didn't have rather than the inverse.

Overall, great beers, if they sold down here, I would buy.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: N/A
Big Boss on Tap
Big Boss on Tap
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Double Tavern on Cask
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