Horniblow’s Tavern / Big Boss Brewing Company

1249 Wicker Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina United States 27604
brewery (Big Boss)  3.35/5.0 21 reviews
Mon-Thurs 3pm-12am, Fri 2pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-7pm

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (575) Poughkeepsie, New York | June 27, 2017
Came here on a Sunday afternoon in late May 2015. I had planned it so well. Hit Nicklepoint at noon when they open. Hit Blackjack at 1 when they open. Hit Big Boss at 2, an hour after they opened, and be done by 3 to meet up with my wife. Parts one, and two went flawlessly. Got to Big Boss (a block and a half away from Blackjack, and maybe a 10 minute walk from Nicklepoint, and Sub Noir (closed on Sunday so I hit them on Saturday) at 2 PM as planned. There’s a note pinned to the door that they will be closing at 2:30 (an employee was leaving, they were holding an event at Pour House for him). Ok. Work to do. The bartender was incredible. She managed to get me every beer on tap in two flights as I ticked away, and I was done and out the door right around 2:30. With a mixed six pack of other bottles they offer but weren’t on tap. I was quite impressed. About the place itself – As I was trying to taste and rate 8 beers in 30 minutes I didn’t really have too much time to look around. Went to the bar upstairs, and there was a separate room with tables of the pool and ping-pong variety. They also have a lovely shuffleboard. There were 8 taps upstairs, which divided nicely into a light flight and a heavier flight. $6 flight of four 4-5oz pours. Very reasonable, even when I only had time to finish half of each. Pints were all under $5, even for the seasonal and rare stuff. Smaller release stuff in to go bottles (12oz) for $3, or $4 to drink in house. At prices like those one might worry about the quality of the beer. One needn’t worry. It’s awesome. Better than average for the styles, everything was clean, the session IPA was ridiculously good, and nothing was bad. Of course there were styles I didn’t care for, but the beers themselves were good. Place after place I visit in Raleigh makes me think maybe I’m living in the wrong place. Great beer scene and Big Boss is doing a nice job of it.
66
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13  (82) North Carolina | February 13, 2017
Once again in an old re-purposed building is Big Boss. Strange layout. Taproom downstairs. Weird little hang out areas sprinkled around. Definitely a dive, I didnt really feel comfortable in here. I like their beers. This place is for the birds.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian  (150) Plano, Texas | January 9, 2013
I caught the tail end of Casktoberfest 2012 and decided to go inside for a quick beer. Huge building with the brewing facility on the left and a 2 story tavern on the right. I had a Big Operator which was very good. Very unique vibe.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil  (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | January 27, 2011
This was near the end of our Raleigh brewery tour, so we didn’t stay here long, but this looked like the kind of place I’d love to hang out at if I lived closer. It’s a self-aware dive bar above a warehouse district brewery. There are a bunch of little rooms, some with just a couple couches, one with a crappy pool table and ping pong table, I think I saw one with darts and maybe shuffleboard? The rooms were decorated with beer related trash, things like empty grain bags, beer bottles, old signs. I love the vibe. I like their beers, especially the seasonals. Pints were decently priced (though not particularly cheap) and the bartender was quick enough, although there wasn’t any service beyond that. Perfect hangout spot if you like craft beer and a super casual atmosphere.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
boto  (85) Granby, Connecticut | October 15, 2010
I stopped here during a recent visit to the area. It is set up a a small, kind of dingy bar above the brewery. Many of their beers were on tap, but no guest taps. Sixers were available for take-out, as well as growlers and kegs. A few t-shirts and other stuff available for sale also. No food. All service was at the bar. The bartender was very attentive during my visit. Their beers are pretty good and most were only $3.50, so I would recommend stopping here.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
petey  (14) Fayetteville, North Carolina | January 1, 2010
If you want a good beer in Raleigh you must stop in. Always something very good on tap.
58
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Drake  (832) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 14, 2009
This listing should probably be combined with the Big Boss listing. Dark and dingy upstairs bar. It had a cozy feel but looks like its probably bigger than it seems. Small bar with 8 taps and enough seating for a decent crowd, which I imagine they get on the weekends. The clientele was obviously dominated by regulars. I sat at the bar. Bartender was helpful as he had to be. Parking was actually kinda tricky but might be better later in the evening when the martial arts school next door is not having classes. The beers range from very good to very mediocre. Growler fills are available but expensive. Pints are $3.50 for regular beers and $5.00 for seasonals. I imagine there would be live music from time to time. I would be very surprised if there was any kind of food here.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Elwood  (108) Leesburg, Virginia | August 6, 2009
This place isn’t much for ambiance. Dirty, dark lighting, sticky tables. Quite the little hole. Staff were okay but in no hurry to serve you. They ran out of a couple things we were hoping to try. Prices seemed a wee bit on the high side for a brewery. Couple that with two of their beers that I thought might be infected. This place could use a maid.
60
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Immy  (110) Virginia Beach, | May 3, 2009
Beer was good, service was good, ambiance.... hmmm... kinda sparse and dirty, more like a clubhouse. Cool bottle collection lines a shelf near the roof. Clean this place up, guys!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Illini08  (41) Raleigh, North Carolina | July 27, 2008
Was at the brewery on a Sat. morning for the free bewery tour and just poked my head into the tavern upstairs. Tavern was dark and not too clean. The brewery is inside a big warehouse - they would have plenty of room to expand if they wanted to. I don’t think I’ll go back too often unless they have something special on tap

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