Friday, February 28, 2014

Beer & BBQ: A Fresh New Addition to Glenwood South at View Bar

Bloggers, BBQ & Beer! 

BBQ: I was thrilled to be included in this blogger "Meatup" Tuesday night, sponsored by Big Mike's BBQ at View Bar at 610 Glenwood Avenue (very close to Peace Street). Big Mike's BBQ is a well known local Food Truck that has been around for a while serving up delicious BBQ in the Triangle. Recently, Mike has expanded his BBQ and other food offerings by partnering with The View Bar on Glenwood Avenue South, providing the food menu there, allowing him more opportunities to serve his food. If you are looking for great BBQ dishes, you need to make a stop by the View Bar soon.

BEER: Triangle Brewing Company from Durham was there as well and it was fun listening to Doc  talk about their different beers, the history of Triangle Brewing and how he has the greatest job in the world (no kidding!).

I am not an NC native, so I have only recently started to really appreciate the NC BBQ experience. Not only was their BBQ fantastic and very tasty but their specialty sauces were amazing for dipping the BBQ pork and chicken! I've also learned to taste the BBQ before you douse it with sauce. You won't regret it. I was thrilled to try some of Mike's delicious additional offerings such as Redneck Nachos, Fatty Fries, Smoked Wings and Beef Brisket (it's the perfect menu for LATE NIGHT munchies on Glenwood South!).

We tasted six food/drink pairings, each dish uniquely matched with one of Triangle Brewing Company's beers. The match-ups were good and two standouts for me were the Habanero Pale Ale that left a little spicy burn at the back of your throat but not over powering and well matched with the BBQ pork and sauces. Delicious. My other favorite (since I am a hop head) was the IPA. I was ready for a full pint of that one!

Beer and food pairings/tastings/dinners have become popular in Raleigh and the Triangle between locally owned restaurants and breweries and is a fun, creative way to experience great beer and great food and learn local specialties and hear their stories.

These pairings really personalize the food and drink and make you want to come back and bring your friends and family! Plus there's a lot of fun to be had by hanging out with like-minded folks who appreciate good food and good beer. 

I admit, I also love any chance to get together with some amazing local area experts such as Kristen/Gadabout Food (and coordinator, thank you!), John/Triangle Explorer, Art/The Wandering Sheppard, Leigh/Hines-Sight Blog, Ron/Foodalicious Follies, WRAL Out and About, Stacey/CookEatLife , NC Beer Guys and Tonia/Triangle 411.

When are we doing this again?

Bloggers, BBQ and Beer!
Chopped Pork and Chicken/Habanero Pale Ale
Redneck Nachos...Fritos, pork, baked beans, blue cheese cole slaw and Big Mike's sweet hot mustard sauce!/Triangle Lambic
Smoked Wings - Dry rubbed and smoked, then flash fried and tossed in house rub/Belgian White
Big Mike discusses BBQ
Beef Brisket with Collards/Triangle Brewing's Belgian Abbey
Some amazing sauces to choose from at the View Bar
Tasting the delicious IPA from Triangle Brewing Co.
Fatty Fries! Beef and pork fat fried potatoes with brisket chunks, blue-pimento cheese and jalapenos/India Pale Ale
Baconana Pudding for dessert! Banana pudding with bacon chunks!/Winter Stout
I think our job is almost done here! What an amazing meal!


  1. I always love your photos.

    Great seeing you as always. I really am looking forward to going back here.

    1. Thank you Leigh! It was a fun night! Look forward to seeing you again soon. Maybe we could meet sometime at Bombshell?