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The Crunkleton, a bar in Chapel Hill owned by Gary Crunkleton, opened in 2010. He discusses his bar's feature--barrel-aged cocktails. The cocktail is one of six varieties mixed and left to blend in barrels for at least four months. For example a rye Manhattan--rye whiskey, Italian vermouth, and orange--is mixed and aged for several months.
Raleigh’s Van Alston is a 2014 Indie Art Award winner. Alston operates Slim’s in Raleigh and The Cave in Chapel Hill. His bars are places where musicians can get experience and a paycheck no matter how many listeners how up. Alston only collects 15% of ticket sales from acts after the musicians have received an guaranteed initial payment. The former tour manager and history teacher enjoys helping artists start their career and is willing to take a risk to support them that others are not.
The drinking culture in Chapel Hill and the area’s changing tastes in beer are explored. Drinkers are now drinking more microbrewered, imported, and craft beers in Chapel Hill than in the past. This change in taste has affected bars and the way college students drink. The opening of Carolina Brewery and these new types of beers are detailed.