I happened upon it purely by chance: as I was slowing for an intersection I noticed its streetside sign out of the corner of my eye. Without a second thought, I turned around at the intersection and made my way to its door, and boy am I glad I did.
The place has a friendly, comfortable vibe, with a bar and multiple taps, along with couches and a welcoming attitude to both kids and dogs. Ronna, who was on duty at the time, was really warm and welcoming, and gladly pointed us to local beer offerings on draft that we might like.
The bottle shop selection --both, refrigerated and on the shelves-- can conservatively described as wide and varied. Everthing is clearly labeled with brewery, provenance and price, and for a traveler from the West Coast, such as me,offered many new discoveries, ranging from breweries I did not know to brews from known breweries which were not distributed out here.
Susana and I drooled over the selections and but were only able to enjoy a half pour of beer before moving on to downtown Raleigh and our ultimate destination at the Raleigh Beer Garden.
We did stop at House of Hops on the way back to load up on a few choice bottles to take home and enjoy later.
House of Hops
6909 Glenwood Ave #100
Raleigh, NC 27612