Patriot Wealth - April 2020

APRIL 2020


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If you have lived in Raleigh long enough, then you know there are three things about our city that are undeniably true. For starters, the Tar Heels reign supreme. There’s no other team we would rather root for throughout March Madness — or any sporting event for that matter. Secondly, you’re going to run into someone who didn’t grow up here, no matter where you go. Raleigh is a booming city, and with new people flocking here every day, there’s always a chance you’re going to meet someone who has adopted North Carolina as home. Finally, the craft beer scene in Raleigh is one of the best in the world, and that’s not just my opinion! Raleigh was named the sixth best beer destination in the world, followed by Berlin, Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Austin. If you have ever had a chance to check out one of our many breweries, you know this ranking is no fluke. I’m not a heavy drinker by any means, but I do enjoy having a beer or two with friends at a local brewery or taphouse. Of course, Raleigh Brewing Company tops my list as a favorite

spot. In fact, my wife and I are planning our son’s first birthday party at this spot! A first birthday party is more for the adults anyway. Lonerider Brewing Company is another great spot, and I enjoy stopping into Bond Brothers Beer Company or Fortnight Brewing Company, too. I always want to support other small businesses in our community. It’s neat when you have a small business that starts with a brew or two and then grows into a full operation in our community. They become local mainstays, and anything we can do to support that is worth our time and money. Plus, these taphouses become a hub for meeting and engaging with new people. As I mentioned, many people are moving to Raleigh from across the country, and it’s easy to meet someone new at a local brewery, and being able to share a glass or two of locally made beer makes it even better. If you’re a fan of craft beer and supporting local small businesses, you have to check out Brewgaloo 2020. Held at the end of April each

year, Brewgaloo welcomes more than 110 craft breweries from across North Carolina! The festival is the largest craft beer festival in the state — and the second largest festival of its kind in the country — and we’re lucky enough to have it right in our backyard. Last year, 40,000 people made it out to the event. I’ve been to Brewgaloo in the past, and it’s a pretty great experience. If you have a chance, I recommend buying tickets now and checking it out. (You could also volunteer if you want to get involved!) I’m proud to live in Raleigh, and the local color that makes this city great continues to flourish. If you’re looking for a second act in your retirement, I don’t think you can go wrong with working in a local brewery. It’s a chance to get to know some of the locals, get you involved in your community, and, as a bonus, you have a front-row seat to the sixth-greatest brewery scene in the world. How’s that for a retirement plan?


–Wes White

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