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Seven taps of Fullsteam beer along with a ‘guest’ brew jut out of the wall at the Fullsteam brewery in Durham. CHUCK LIDDY -


TAP INTO THE TRIANGLE’S GROWING CRAFT BEER SCENE MORE ON 4D Big Boss Brewing Company Boylan Bridge Brewpub Carolina Brewery Carolina Brewing Company Fullsteam Brewery LoneRider Brewing Company Natty Greene’s Brewing Company Roth Brewing Company Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery Triangle Brewing Co.

By Andrea Weigl STAFF WRITER


or years, Asheville has received all the accolades and attention as North Carolina’s destination for craft beer lovers. It’s easy to see why, with its nine breweries, five annual beer festivals and even a “brews cruise” tour. The Triangle seems poised to steal that title. Last year, the number of breweries from Durham to Fuquay-Varina rose to 11. Four more are expected to open this year, and another four are within a 90-minute drive. “We have one of the best beer cultures in the country here,” says Steve Kruger, who organizes TriBeer outings via Meetup for the area’s beer aficionados. Kruger moved here four and a half years ago from Knoxville in part because of the growing beer scene. “I’ve seen an explosion since then,” he says. If you want to explore what the Triangle has to offer, here is a simple guide. Cheers!

Brewer Galen Smith pours a pint at Aviator Brewing. TRAVIS LONG -

Aviator Brewing Company Where: 209 Technology Park Lane, Fuquay-Varina; 567-2337; www. When: The brewery was started in 2008 by former Hewlett-Packard engineer Mark Doble, who began brewing beer in an airport hangar. It has since moved to a Fuquay-Varina industrial park and opened a tap house in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Doble plans to open a barbecue restaurant across the street next month and hopes to start bottling the beer this year. Tours: 3-6 p.m. Saturdays at the brewery. Beers available: At its tap house, open seven days a week in downtown Fuquay-Varina. (600 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina, 552-8826); on tap at restaurants and bars throughout the Triangle. Most popular brew: A tie: HotRod Red, a sweet hoppy Irish red, and Devils Tramping Ground Tripel, a Belgian-style ale. Heady stuff: Doble financed his brewery by opening 10 credit cards.

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‘King’s Speech’ leads Oscar nominees TOP NOMINEES


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. he British monarchy saga “The King’s Speech” reigns at the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, and is positioning itself to challenge “The Social Network” for best picture. “The King’s Speech” gained momentum against the Facebook drama “The Social Network,” which dominated early Hollywood awards. Along with those two films, other best-picture nominees Tues-

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Colin Firth in ‘The King’s Speech.’ LAURIE SPARHAM - AP

day for the Feb. 27 Oscars were the psychosexual thriller “Black Swan”; the boxing draSEE OSCARS, PAGE 2D

Best picture: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” “Winter’s Bone.” Best actor: Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”; Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”; Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”; Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”; James Franco, “127 Hours.” Best actress: Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”; Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”; Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”; Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine.” Best supporting actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”; John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”; Jeremy Renner, “The Town”; Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”; Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech.” Best supporting actress: Amy Adams, “The Fighter”; Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”; Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”; Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”; Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom.” Best director: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”; David O. Russell, “The Fighter”; Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”; David Fincher, “The Social Network”; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “True Grit.”


Aviator Brewing Company Pop the Cap Barleywine at Top of the Hill TOP NOMINEES MORE ON 4D Colin Firth in ‘The King’s Speech.’ This rock band...


Aviator Brewing Company Pop the Cap Barleywine at Top of the Hill TOP NOMINEES MORE ON 4D Colin Firth in ‘The King’s Speech.’ This rock band...