Continuing the excitement from last week’s private benefit tasting, Bottle Revolution plans to have its grand opening in a grand North Carolina beer fashion on Friday, September 23, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Raleigh’s newest bottle shop will host Aviator, Big Boss, Carolina Brewing, LoneRider, and Roth, as the Triangle-area breweries pour samples of their beer for the store’s first customers.
Also in attendance will be the Cupcake Brewery with LoneRider Shotgun Betty, Sweet Josie, and Peacemaker pineapple upside-down cupcakes for sale at $3 a piece or two for $5. Similarly, they plan to bring a new cupcake creation that will be paired with a test batch beer from Ben Woodward of Haw River Farmhouse Ales, who was the hit of the store’s private benefit tasting with his dry-hopped Rusted Plow Farmhouse Saison.
If that were not enough to draw Raleigh’s beer lovers to his grand opening, Ted Gross, owner of Bottle Revolution, has partnered with Beltline Brew Tours to offer transportation to and from the Carolina Hurricane’s first home pre-season game on Friday, with the bus leaving at 6:15 p.m. outside the bottle shop. In addition to transportation, a ticket entails “special offers” at Bottle Revolution and nearby Buffalo Brothers. One such offer is that Gross will be discounting all North Carolina beer in his store by 10% for every Hurricanes game at home. Beltline Brew Tour tickets may be purchased through eTix and cost $25 for transportation and a game ticket or $7 for transportation only.
Further, anxious fans wanting to visit Bottle Revolution prior to the grand opening will get their chance on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the store’s “dress rehearsal.” This will also be beer lovers’ first opportunity to become members of Bottle Revolution’s Year of Beers Club, which includes a monthly selection of beer for $89, in addition to a t-shirt and a subscription to an exclusive mailing list that announces new arrivals and limited releases. The first twenty people to join the Club on Thursday will receive a free combo meal from nearby Which Wich.
Similarly, Bottle Revolution will be open during its normal business hours from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, with the grand opening celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. Beer will be available to purchase to take home or to drink inside the store or outside on the back patio, and all bottles will be individually priced for costumers to buy a single bottle or to make their own six packs.
Until then, Gross will be unpacking a store full of boxes, inputting bottles into his inventory system, and lining the wooden shelves with enough beer to keep everyone, from the hop heads to the stout lovers, up at night due to excitement. And if the new bottle shop’s grand opening attracts the same energy as its private tasting, which, if Gross is involved, will not be in question, the North Carolina beer community is in for quite the revolution.