Trophy Brewing to open new location in Five Points
We broke the news on Saturday that Trophy Brewing is opening its sixth location in Five Points East in late 2024—and, naturally, excitement ensued (!). The brewery’s first spot outside the Downtown area, Trophy Brewing Outpost—as it’s currently being dubbed—will take over the iconic blue Electric Supply Co. building neighboring Anisette Sweet Shop and three-time James Beard Award semifinalist chef Cheetie Kumar’s new restaurant Ajja.
“When we walked through the door, we knew immediately we had to do this,” says Trophy co-owner Chris Powers. “We’re excited to join our good friends Cheetie and Paul in this great neighborhood—and we love the trees and the walkability. … We can’t wait to get started.”
As of right now, the Trophy team plans to turn the 23,000-square-foot building (also boasting 22-foot ceilings and a basement) into a brewery and full restaurant—with the taproom portion opening first and the restaurant following about six months later. The brewery will be similar to Trophy Maywood in size, so around eight to 10 taps, Powers shares. Adding even more excitement, the menu will be much the same as Trophy Brewing & Pizza—so, pizza, natch; salads; and the like.
“With that space, it makes sense to brew there,” he adds. “And the basement could be a great rickhouse for Young Hearts. There’s so many possibilities.”
The new location announcement comes two years after the Trophy team opened Young Hearts Distilling—Downtown Raleigh’s first-ever distillery—which took over the former Busy Bee Cafe spot, also opened by Powers and fellow Trophy co-owners David Meeker and Woody Lockwood.
Expanding their reach, Trophy Brewing Outpost will join a burgeoning part of Raleigh already boasting a plethora of popular local food and beverage businesses, from Bright Spot Donuts to Tap Yard—not to mention a host of existing breweries (think Neuse River Brewing & Brasserie, Lynnwood Brewing Concern and Nickelpoint Brewing Company). We’re seeing a hot spot for brewery hopping in Raleigh’s future.