Sorry Aviator, but I get more questions at Carolina Beer Temple about the name of the town where you are from than I do about your beer. One must admit, in a state full of Harrisburgs, Huntersvilles, Matthews, Pinevilles, New Berns and Ashevilles a name like Fuquay-Varina sort of sticks out like a bottle of Schlitz at a bottle share!
The name Fuquay-Varina comes from the merging of two separate municipalities – Fuquay and Varina – back in 1964. Fuquay was named after William Fuquay, a French veteran of the Revolutionary war, while the name Varina comes from a pen named used by the love interest and future wife of a Civil War veteran who later named a post office and mercantile establish after her. The entire tale of Fuquay-Varina is quite interesting and can be read here.
The town of Fuquay-Varina is located about 15 miles southwest of Raleigh. Aviator Brewing Company has both a brewery and a tap room in the town. The brewery was originally located in an old airport hangar – thus the inspiration for the name “Aviator.” The brewery has since moved. The taproom, meanwhile, is located in the old Varina train depot in the heart of downtown – this is the place where the town of Varina derived its name as the post office and mercantile establishment eventually became Varina Station when the railroad came to town.
Aviators year-round beers are offered in cans at Carolina Beer Temple, these include Hog Wild IPA, Devil’s Tramping Ground Belgian Triple (quite possibly the 1st Belgian Triple made in NC that is offered in cans) and Hot Rod Red Ale. Also look for special seasonals available in cans or 22oz. bombers including Oktoberbeast and Black Mamba Stout.
For our tap takeover on Thursday October 17th, 2013 we will be featuring Hog Wild, Devil’s Tramping Ground Belgian Triple, Black Mamba Stout, a Habanero Siason and perhaps one additional special release!
See you soon at Carolina Beer Temple!