Raleigh’s oldest brewery is on the move. Look for a new taproom in 2023.

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One of Raleigh’s earliest craft breweries is moving to a new home.

Big Boss Brewing announced online Wednesday that it will leave its longtime home off of Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh and move into a new space next year.

“Our journey here at Big Boss Brewing has spanned so many adventures, events, great times, and great people that we are constantly humbled by the passion and enthusiasm of our customers,” the brewery said in a social media post. “It’s all of you that have made our Wicker Drive taproom one of the original craft beer hubs of the Raleigh scene. But all good things come to an end, including endings.”

Big Boss opened at 1249 Wicker Dr. in Raleigh in 2006 as one of the city’s first craft breweries. In the decade and a half since, as the Triangle’s craft beer scene has exploded, Big Boss remained a popular spot.

It is known for its crisp German style lager, the Brown Ale Bad Penny, one of the area’s classic beers, and other inventive releases. Today it is Raleigh’s oldest local brewery.

“We are excited to announce that we will be moving to a new taproom for 2023, to continue our journey as pioneers of North Carolina craft beer, and bring new and delicious beers to our friends and neighbors on into the future,” Big Boss said in a statement. “But don’t worry, your favorite Big Boss beers aren’t going anywhere, and you’ll be able to find us across the state and in your local grocery stores and bottle shops until our new home is ready to greet you all!”

The brewery will remain open for now as it sells discounted pints at $3. Big Boss plans to relocate next year but did not disclose a new location.

Jesse Clark, tavern manager, fills a pint with Super Chief at the Big Boss Tap Room Thursday July 16, 2009. ETHAN HYMAN - ethan.hyman@newsobserver.com
Jesse Clark, tavern manager, fills a pint with Super Chief at the Big Boss Tap Room Thursday July 16, 2009. ETHAN HYMAN - ethan.hyman@newsobserver.com

The Big Boss production space and taproom is situated next to one of Raleigh’s next major developments, the Raleigh Iron Works, which will bring apartments, office space and new shops and restaurants along Atlantic Avenue.

Iron Works developer Grubb Ventures also owns the current Big Boss land. Grubb Ventures founder Gordon Grubb said the developer is considering an adaptive reuse plan for the building, similar to the company’s redevelopment of Dock 1053.