Craft Beer in Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem knows beer. You could even say it’s part of our historic DNA. After all we are the historic birthplace of North Carolina’s first microbrewery (Single Brother’s House in Old Salem), the state’s first pour-your-own craft beer wall, home to Foothills Brewing’s wildly popular Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout and host city to a monthly Beer School that’s sure to transform any barley brewing novice to a proud beer connoisseur.
Below check out a listing of breweries and beer shops, as well as scheduled beer dinners, "hop off the press" brew releases and other beer-related events. For all Winston-Salem wine, brew and dining options request a copy of our Wine & Dine Guide here.
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638 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Opened in 2005, Foothills certainly spearheaded the modern-day craft beer movement in Winston-Salem and continues to lead the way as the beer scene here continues to expand. If the name Foothills rings a bell, it may be because of their wildly popular Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, released just once a year in winter, that sells out within days. Arguably one of the most highly-anticipated craft beer releases in the country, release day draws overnight lines outside the building and a "front of the line" entry ticket that has sold for more than $500!
Check the Foothills Brewing website for a calendar of weekly trivia and live music.
Beer isn't the only thing brewing up here, Foothills Brewing is also a full-service restaurant and pub headed by culinary genius Chef Shane Moore. Chef Shane is the master when it comes to creating flavorful dishes that pair perfectly with Foothills' beers.Cut the calorie counting and give the fried pickle chips a whirl. The tangy, crunchy appetizer is one of their most popular starters and a great way to set you palate for an amazing meal to come. Diners can't go wrong with the Brewhouse Pork Ribs, slow roasted in their Carolina Blonde Cream Ale or the chef favorite, bacon-wrapped trout.
Foothills Brewing has also invites you to their Tasting Room for another cool, fun atmosphere to enjoy 28 tap lines of Foothills craft beer. The tasting toom offers tours of its production facility and hosts special events. Tours are offered on weekends only. Saturdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and Sundays at 1 and 2 p.m.
Unlike the downtown Pub, the Tasting Room does not have a full kitchen but does provide locally-sourced snacks and is regularly rotating visiting food trucks.
Tasting Room Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 4 - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Learn more at foothillsbrewing.com.
CNBC highlight's Foothills Brewing's IPA of the Month
"They are hopheads and they love IPA, and they wanted to do something that was outside the box in terms of IPAs," said Ray Goodrich, director of marketing and communications for Foothills Brewing. "Nobody was doing a different one every month, so they said let's give it a shot.
CLICK HERE for full article.
Foothills Brewing was featured on Travel Channel's web segment. "Microbrew Madness." They hold the honorable title of being the first North Carolina, and currently the only, to make the cut. Check out the article in its entirety here.
Upcoming Events & Releases:
Sexual Chocolate Release Day
Friday, Jan. 27 & Saturday, Jan. 28
Foothills Downtown Brewpub: 638 West Fourth St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Foothills Brewing Tasting Room: 3800 Kimwell Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27103
One of craft beer’s most anticipated releases is finally here! Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout begins pouring from the taps the evening of Friday, Jan. 27 at the Foothills Downtown Pub and their Tasting Room located just 15 minutes from downtown near Hanes Mall. Bomber sales open Saturday morning in the downtown brewpub and it goes fast! So here is everything you need to know to make sure you don’t walk away empty-handed.
BOTTLE SHARE PARTY: With Sexual Chocolate on tap and craft beer spirits high, the pre-release bottle share party kicks into high gear at 7 p.m. in the brewery portion of the brewpub. No RSVP required. Just bring a bottle (or two, or three) of your favorite, hard to find craft beer. Word of advice: Stop in at a local bottle shop in Winston-Salem and ask them for a recommendation.
THE WAIT: The line for bottle sales opens at 2 a.m. after the pub has closed for the night and not a second earlier. Join fellow craft beer lovers and brace the cold in anticipation of the moment you get to take Sexual Chocolate home with you. Bottles are sold in bomber sizes for $15 each. Buy as much as you like because this year the sales are unlimited. That means arrive earlier, someone is bound to stock up on enough to last until next year’s release.
DOORS OPEN: The doors to Foothills open at 8 a.m. sharp and the pub is serving a delicious breakfast menu. Those who waited in line will have received a numbered ticket. This ticket holds your spot in the line for purchase and ensures you can enter and exit with ease knowing the guy who pulled up at 7:59 a.m. doesn’t try to skip ahead of you.
Every first Saturday; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 / person*
Location: Downtown Pub at 638 W. Fourth Street
Do you claim to be the beer expert amongst all your friends? Such a title requires more than having a taste of every brew in existence, though that would be impressive nonetheless. The brewmasters at Foothills Brewing provide the chance to really be crowned "King of the Hops." Spend a Saturday afternoon learning the subtle nuances to craft beer brewing and tour their impressive brewery. As a final exam to the two-hour course, participants must complete the "daunting" task of sampling several of the Foothills' craft brews. We agree with the folks over at Foothills, beer school is "the easiest "A" you'll ever get."
Please arrange for responsible transportation from the pub due to the amount of beer being consumed.
*Invite a friend to partake in beer school...omitting the beer. Beer School is open to the "DD" (designated driver) of the group for only $10.
Please RSVP in advance online here or call the pub for more details at 336.777.3348.
11 a.m. - Noon
Location: Foothills Tasting Room (3800 Kimwell Drive)
Relax, rejuvenate and then refresh with a pint of local Foothills craft beer. This popular one-hour all-levels yoga class is taught by Deanna Dzybon of Rock Water Yoga. For just $8, participants let go of their worries inside Foothills' tasting room and then mingle with one another over a pint of beer.
Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co.
918 Bridge Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
One of Winston-Salem's newest microbreweries, Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. is dedicated to producing “Winston beer.” Inspired by the industrialism and innovation of Winston-Salem as well as its Moravian beginnings, Hoots is one of several businesses open in the historic West End neighborhood revitalizing an industrialized warehouse area. The building project, West End Mill Works, sits just outside of downtown Winston-Salem and only minutes away from Wake Forest University, making it the perfect post-game tailgating venue. The three owners of the brewery are all former band members and that creativity transcends into the creation of the unique beer flavors. Visit Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. this season for a craft IPA.
"The night is clear. Deep are the roots. The owl is near. The beer is Hoots."
Upcoming Events & Releases
Small Batch Beer Co.
241 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Taking pride in the philosophy of "quality or quantity," Small Batch brews their craft beers one barrel at a time. An equal dose of diligence and patience is blended into each "small batch" allowing Small Batch beer patrons to focus on every ingredient used to create the final product. At Small Batch Beer Co. “superiority comes from simplicity.” When it comes to quality craft beer, the proof is in the pudding, or shall we say the tanks. Each batch is brewed with a locally sourced ingredient added into it whether it's Black Mountain Chocolate or fresh mint from the farmers markets. Along with craft beers, carefully selected wines and spirits are among the options found in this eclectic bar located in downtown Winston-Salem’s former iconic Kopper Kitchen. Small Batch is located on Fifth Street directly across from the M.C. Benton Convention Center. Take a walk down Fifth and get a look at the Small Batch boys in action. The brewing tanks are nestled behind a glass window inviting curious visitors to see what goes on “behind the bar.”
See this neat Kickstarter video for Small Batch Beer Co. to learn more about the beer and the owners' philosophy.
Wise Man Brewing
826 Angelo Bros. Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Winston-Salem's newest brewery, Wise Man was founded by just that, three wise men. A PhD chemist, lawyer and accountant banded together to open up the brewery located in the historic Angelo Brothers building just on the edge of the Downtown Arts District. Currently the taproom had nine craft brews and ciders on tap with more to come, and food trucks parked out front on a regular basis to serve up delicious fare to pair perfectly with your beer.
Taproom Grand Opening!
Saturday, Jan. 28; Noon - Midnight
After 16 months of construction, Wise Man is ready to introduce the world to their beers and invite you along for the ride. Be among the first to taste their craft beers, see the brewery up close and personal, and enjoy food truck fare from Nana's Porch and Flight Time Wings.
Beer & Bottle Shops
Carolina Vineyards & Hops
1111 South Marshall Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Carolina's Vineyards & Hops (CV&H) is the only place in North Carolina where you will find self-serve NC beers on tap. It is the first and only of its kind in the entire state. Get a thorough taste of North Carolina with an entire pour-your-own craft beer. Traveling with a wine enthusiast? CV&H also offers an extensive and regularly rotating collection of North Carolina wines -- also from a regulated serve-yourself system. Notice a pattern here? CV&H takes pride in serving 100% North Carolina wines and beers. Be sure to try their very own recently released wines, including a fresh house sangria.
CV&H is located just a block from the historic district of Old Salem and neighbors the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Each Saturday night at 8 p.m. patrons wind down to live music from the Carolina Vineyards & Hops' own jazz quartet. Get a taste of their signature wine infused truffles prepared in-house. It's the ideal blend of Winston-Salem and North Carolina flavors all in one modern, relaxed and inviting setting.
Corks, Caps & Taps
626 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Neighbors to Foothills Brewing in the center of downtown Winston-Salem, Corks Caps & Taps has 24 rotating craft beers on tap. With a mission to support North Carolina flavor in addition to many credible beers found around the world, Corks, Caps & Taps ensures that the beers here are not served in most restaurants around Winston-Salem. Whether you need a cold pint or a growler to take home, you're sure to find a new brew here. Aside from beer, patrons enjoy tasting from four self-serve wine stations and a selection of more than 200 wines. Owner Mark Terry gained a great deal of fame as the last winemaker at Westbend Vineyards before they closed in 2013. Corks, Caps & Taps is now the only place to find the remaining supply of Westbend Vineyard wines.
915 Burke Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
The neighborhood nod to North Carolina Beer, City Beverage in Winston-Salem is your one-stop shop for the best craft brews and home brewing supplies. Their shelves and cold doors (20 of them!) are stocked with nearly every craft beer available in North Carolina. Think you can brew a better beer in your own home? City Beverage has the tools you need to tap into your inner brewmaster and compete with the top breweries in the state. Just ask the brewmasters over at Small Batch Beer Co. Before they opened up in Fall 2013, Small Batch got its start by offering tastings at City Beverage. Much of their small operation at the time was made possible due to the brewing supplies available at City Beverage. With quality brews and regularly scheduled events and tastings, City Beverage is a definite go-to when it comes to experiencing North Carolina beer in Winston-Salem.
1305 S. Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
A bottle shop nestled in Winston-Salem's Ardmore neighborhood, Stella Brew packs their 18 cold doors with quality craft beers from throughout North Carolina to other regions around the world. Not only can you enjoy a cold one here, the shelves are also rimmed with a vast variety of seasonal brews. Be careful looking up at the shelves though, cases of beer stack up from the floor to above your head -- so watch where you're going! At Stella Brew there's a new adventure at every turn. This friendly shop also offers something you may not find in any other bottle shop, a large selection of disc golf supplies. Enjoying an ice-cold seasonal brew and a round of disc golf at one of Winston-Salem's green spaces makes for a wonderful springtime afternoon.
Chef Tim Grandinetti Cooks Up a Classic: Beer n' Brats
With Winston-Salem's founding Moravians hailing from Eastern Germany, this classic Germanic pairing of bratwursts and craft beer hit the hops on the head! Local chef Timothy Grandinetti showcases his culinary shops at two outstanding restaurants, both in downtown Winston-Salem, both uniquely delicious -- Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery & Wine Bar.
Try these beer-braised bratwurst with smoked gouda cheese at home, simply CLICK HERE for Chef's easy-to-make recipe.