Thinking about hitting happy hour at Bombshell Brewing? If you're in the area, you should go.
Tucked away in the beautiful, wooded town of Holly Springs, is a brewpub with a lot of nightlife, and some good beers.
Fresh off our flight from Chicago, we arrived in North Carolina to a text from friends (we were visiting in Fuquay-Varina) saying, "Meet us at Bombshell Brewing for a beer." Done. This is a place where my wife and I had previously been, twice, only to find it was closed.
Now was our chance to try finally try some of this NC beer. But first, I have to wait in the car. Wait, what?
After a 2 hour flight and then a 40 minute trip from the airport, my youngest daughter fell asleep in the car. Not a terrible thing as you don't want a crabby kid, screaming in the brewery. So, I sat outside with my gal Paige, while my wife and oldest daughter went in to join our friends.
The establishment, owned by a team of three women, all previous home brewers, was hopping, to say the least.
I remember feeling a pang of jealousy as my wife headed in, along with a constant stream of adults and kids alike. It took me by surprise, as I didn't expect this kind of nightlife at Bombshell.
All of the high-top tables were full, while just a few seats at the bar remained open. There is a patio outside, but I didn't have enough time to check that out.
I needed a beer, so I bellied up to the bar and began chatting up the bartender. I love wet hopped beers so when I saw they had one on draft, and the server said it was just tapped, I was IN!
Many IPAs are made with hops that are dried and pelletized, while wet-hopped beers are added within hours of picking, still wet and fresh from the field—presenting an interesting dilemma for brewers located further than a day from the farm. Turns out, the hassle is worth it.
When I finally got my chance to order, I grabbed their Fresh From The West Wet Hop IPA, and it was fantastic. Super dank, and crushable. I was about to pull the trigger on a $25 growler but my senses got the better of me. Might my wife have had a little influence too?
They also had a Dry-Hopped Citra offering, which is all the rage these days, and it didn't disappoint. It's no Zombie Dust, but very drinkable. Enough so that I took home a 6-pack.
I missed the food truck but my wife assured me it was good. No biggie, we will return next time we hit North Carolina this fall.
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