Team building activities lead to more productive, motivated, and satisfied employees. In fact, Forbes considers these activities to be "the most important investment you can make for your people". So, why not focus on that making that investment count? It's time to think outside the box and ditch the trust falls. Let Tap The Triangle help plan an exciting day and help you rock your company outing!
Check out some of our ideas below and get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy the unique character of the Research Triangle! Bookmark this list for all of your office team building inspiration. Because work events can be fun too!
1. Craft Brewery Tour
The Research Triangle is home to 40 craft breweries! Get a VIP experience by going behind-the-scenes with a head brewer or owner. Learn about beer styles, the brewing process, the history of beer in North Carolina, and of course... taste award-winning craft beer! For additional education, add Epiphany Craft Malt as a stop, where you can climb inside malt bins, taste a variety of malt styles, and get the inside scoop on malting barley. A brewery tour is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day of work.
Add a catered or sit-down meal to complete the itinerary!
2. Sporting Events
The Triangle has some outstanding sports teams! Depending on the season, opt for college football or basketball, women's soccer, minor league baseball, or professional hockey. Right here in Bull City we have the Durham Bulls baseball team, made famous by the film"Bull Durham"! On game days, include a luxury suite or private box, buffet and beer tasting, as well as a private tour of Bull Durham Beer Co. (the first microbrewery inside a minor league baseball stadium). At select evening games, you can even watch fireworks from the dugout! On days when the team is away, you can still enjoy a fun and unique experience. Instead of watching the game, get an exclusive tour of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, do some batting practice, and see your names on the big screen! You can even throw in customized Durham Bulls jerseys so everyone on your team feels like an MVP.
3. Craft Distillery, Mead, and Cider Tour
In addition to all the great breweries, Durham is home to a cidery, a meadery, and 3 craft distilleries -- including the area's only grain to glass distillery, and the makers of the best Navy Strength Gin in the world! Experience an exclusive tasting experience and behind the scenes tour at 3-4 locations and learn how each beverage is made from the masterminds behind the craft. Enjoy a delicious catered meal from a local restaurant at one of the locations to get a true taste of Bull City. Choose from Durham Distillery, Mystic Farm & Distillery, The Brothers Vilgalys, Honeygirl Meadery, or Bull City Ciderworks. More of a wine person? There are plenty of local spots!
4. Coffee, Chocolate, and Pastries Tasting Tour
Planning a morning event or have some favorite spots that aren't breweries? The Triangle has talent that extends well beyond beer or spirits. From local chocolatiers, to coffee roasters, to James Beard award-semifinalist pastry chefs, the Triangle has an abundance of passionate makers, bakers and artisans. Take your group and your tastebuds on an adventure by custom-building a tour of locations that match your style. A morning tour could include a tasting at Counter Culture Coffee, Videri Chocolate Factory, and East Durham Bake Shop. Nothing like a little indulgence to kick-start your day!
ProTip: You can add Videri Chocolate or local desserts to your brewery or distillery tour for a pairing experience!
5. Local Food & Craft Beer Tour
There are plenty of ways to pair food and beer in the Triangle. But we can't think of a better way to immerse yourself in the local Southern culture than with authentic pit-smoked BBQ and local craft beer! Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, providing exciting tasting experiences when paired with food. It's no surprise that smoked meat pairs perfectly with a cold beer - people have been doing this at backyard barbecues for generations - but you might be surprised at the complementary and contrasting flavors that arise when you pair different beers with the same dish. We can create an itinerary of BBQ joints with local craft beer on tap, or you can enjoy catered BBQ at local breweries. Either way, you're destined for some of the most highly-rated food and beer in the Triangle!
Feeling more inspired? Contact us today to plan your next team building event and start making that investment in your company's employees!