A Letter from Our Owner
The winds of change are blowing here at Blackjack Brewing Co., a change that brings our time here in Raleigh to a close…but continues our journey moving forward to a new horizon as we set sail to the NC coast!
It comes with a heavy heart that we end our journey here in such a supportive community, but when we opened this brewery we weren’t expecting to add to our family two additional crewmembers when we had twins — with the brewery it’s like having triplets! So when my family and I were offered a position to return back to the dentistry field, an offer I couldn’t refuse, I had to take stock of the best future I could provide for my growing family. With the position being located in Wilmington it seemed the perfect opportunity to move our brand and scale back its size as well — I mean where better to have a pirate brewery than at the coast!! So that was our decision, to not end Blackjack but to mold it to what could work with our growing family.
What of the future of our brewing facility here on Whitaker Mill Rd? Before even being faced with the thought of selling we were approached with multiple offers to buy the brewery. So when we were finally ready to sell we wanted to make sure it was to someone who shared our same vision for the space and the same passion for brewing high quality beer — thus we are excited to announce that coming soon will be the award
winning beers of Lynnwood Brewing Concern as they expand to have a full scale distribution facility! We wish them the best of luck and know they will be an outstanding addition to the 5 Points neighborhood and beyond!
Thank you so much for all your cheers, support and love for good beer — it’s been an emotional and wonderful journey that we would trade for nothing in this world. We officially close September 30th, so look forward to the whole month being a celebration of that life and the life that that has yet to come!!
Thanks for the memories Raleigh, this ship is about to set sail!
Owner of Blackjack Brewing Co.
Hand crafted beer of the finest quality
Blackjack is a local craft brewery focused on making excellent small batch beers and serving them in a relaxed, communal environment.
It was started by Ed Wenda, a Raleigh native and former dentist, who one day realized he enjoys brewing beer more than drilling on teeth. Ed also brought in Brooks Hamaker to brew beer. Brooks has 29 years brewing experience, starting with more than a decade of being the head brewer at Abita Brewing Co. Brooks has also brewed for Fullsteam and Big Boss breweries. Also behind the scenes is Tim Sullivan, formerly of Big Boss Brewing. Tim is Mr. “Fix It” who does everything from cellar work at the brewery to fixing our old skeeball machine.
Black Sail Pale Ale is a West Coast-style Pale Ale with a few twists to make it more interesting than most. Black Sail is brewed with not only pale malts, but also with caramel malt which adds some color and complexity to the beer. This ale is single hop brewed with Glacier hops, a relatively new variety that provides both bitterness and aroma. Some citrus notes combined with a hint of pear give this beer a complex yet satisfying finish.
ArrrAmber Ale is a delicious malt bomb. Six different malts are used to give this beer a well-rounded malt feel with a lightly hopped finish. Refreshing on a hot afternoon and even better with all kinds of food, ArrrAmber is what brewers refer to as a “drinker.”
Pistol Proof is a porter in the classic style rarely seen in today’s “more is better” beer world. A light-bodied dark beer brewed with British Ringwood Ale yeast, Fuggles and Kent Goldings hops and a delicate pale ale malt. All of these ingredients combine to give Pistol Proof a full mouth feel and a finish with just a hint of roasty goodness.
Barking Irons is a full-bodied IPA with just the right amount of bitterness and aroma to satisfy any discriminating hophead. Brewed with Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops, this beer is a balanced example of the style with a malty mouthfeel and just the right amount of hop bitterness.
Enjoy our Huge taproom and outdoor beer garden
Come out and experience our large taproom and beer garden! We offer a relaxed environment with plenty of space to stretch out. Enjoy our covered and uncovered outdoor seating. Skeeball, shuffleboard, Fuseball, cornhole, Jenga, and other games are available.
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 12am
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 1pm – 10pm