Raleigh, N.C. — Imagine being able to get a beer delivered by a rickshaw. That will be a reality in the spring when Crank Arm Brewing opens in downtown Raleigh.
Crank Arm is an expansion of Crank Arm Rickshaw, which has been serving downtown Raleigh for more than five years.
The venture comes from Crank Arm Rickshaw founder Adam Eckhardt, veteran brewmaster Michael Morris and rickshaw driver and manager Dylan Selinger.
Eckhardt said they choose the location, 319 W. Davie St., because of its central location and the warehouse district's growth.
"Our brewery is going to be a destination hub, amidst restaurants, galleries and shops, for people to come together over fresh and different brews,” Eckhardt said in a press release.
In addition to the actual bar, there will be a roving street team of rickshaws to take people on tours of the city and deliver beer to people, bars and restaurants downtown.
“We're dedicated to cycling as a lifestyle and will have bike racks, pumps, and tools on-hand. Local deliveries will be made with rickshaws and a 'greasel' F-350, which runs off waste vegetable oil,” Selinger said.
On tap at all times will be Rickshaw Rye, a Rye India Pale Ale and White Wall Wit. (A Whit is a wheat beer made of Belgian yeast with citrusy American Hops). They will also have four seasonal brews rotating at all times.
“We brew what tastes good, we’re not held down by specific beer styles,” Morris said.