Oak & Dagger Public House, a new brewpub, will open late spring in the former Tyler’s Taproom location at downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station.
The new owner, Pete McCabe, moved to North Carolina three years ago from Wisconsin with the aim of opening a brewpub with five friends. McCabe explained that several of them worked together at The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. in Wisconsin, which at one point was one of the country’s top barrel producing brewpubs. McCabe landed a job at at Duck Rabbit Brewery in Farmville, near Greenville, N.C.
For their own brewpub, McCabe said they were looking for a community with a great beer scene and reminded them of home. Madison, Wisconsin where McCabe went to school is also a state capital and college town. About Raleigh, McCabe said, “It’s like home without 37 inches of snow.”
McCabe said they hope to convert the 11, 758-square-foot space into a brewery and 250-seat restaurant by late spring. With its 10-barrel system, the brewery will produce up to eight standard beers as well as up to seven seasonal beers.
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“We want to bring a bunch of people in and have everybody find something they like,” McCabe said.
The Raleigh location of Tyler’s Taproom closed in November. Owner Tyler Huntington, who also has locations in Apex, Carrboro and Durham, said he was going to focus his energy on his new distillery in Durham, as well as expanding the company’s catering operation this year. The Raleigh location opened about four years ago. It was the biggest of the four Tyler’s Taproom locations; the Durham location is about 9,500 square feet.
McCabe also noted that they plan to reopen the bottle shop that Tyler’s had in a couple weeks.