NC Beer Month On Tap in Winston-Salem

It's NC Beer Month in Winston-Salem! Winston-Salem knows beer. In fact, 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 Brewery in historic Salem; late 1800's), the site of 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. Plus, smaller breweries are making bold statements using locally sourced ingredients and rotating small batch brews weekly. Check out a month full of NC Beer Month events, beer getaways and more below.

For all Winston-Salem brew, wine and dining options request a copy of our Wine & Dine Guide here

For the second year in a row, Visit Winston-Salem and Lowes Foods are "collabeerating" to sponsor the Celebrate NC Beer Month Getaway Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a beer getaway to Winston-Salem for you and a guest with accommodations at The Historic Brookstown Inn, Beer School at Foothills Brewing, a tasting flight of all North Carolina brews at Carolina's Vineyards & Hops and so much more (like a Lowes growler and gift card to fill it!). Not to mention, we're sharing the love and the suds with our friends in Raleigh for Lowes Foods Community Table Takeovers. Some of  Winston-Salem's hottest chefs are presenting living cooking demonstrations with recipes that either incorporate or pair perfectly with local Foothills Brewing Beer. 

Check out the Lowes Food Community Table Calendar Below: 

Lowes Foods of Wake Forest - Chef Nikki Miller-Ka; Independent Chef and Culinary Blogger
Saturday, April 23 (1- 3 p.m.)
932 Gateway Commons Circle
Gateway Commons
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Lowes Foods of Knightdale - Chef Nikki Miller-Ka; Independent Chef and Culinary Blogger
Wednesday, April 27 (Noon - 2 p.m.)
3001 Wide Waters Parkway
Wide Waters Commons Shopping Center
Knightdale, NC 27545

Lowes Foods of Cary - Chef Tim Grandinetti; Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar
Saturday, April 30 (Noon - 2 p.m.)
6430 Tryon Road
Wellington Shopping Center
Cary, NC 27513

The Breweries

Foothills Brewing

638 W. Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Foothills Brewing certainly spearheaded the most recent craft beer movement in Winston-Salem and continues to lead the way as our booming beer scene continues to grow. If the name Foothills rings a bell, it may be because of their highly acclaimed Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout which is released just once a year in February, selling out within days. You won't find it during Beer Month but you will find an incredibly in-depth beer school every first Saturday of the month and one of North Carolina's top-selling craft beers, Jade IPA. Order a flight and get more than a taste of their many seasonal brews to whet your palate.

Foothills NC Beer Month Events:

Saturday Beer School
Saturday, April 2 (and every first Saturday); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 / person*

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.

RSVP in advance online here or call the pub for more details at 336.777.3348.


Throughout April

While a chilled pint of craft beer is certainly refreshing and perfect on a spring day (or any day for that matter) it's important to remember that 93% of that glass is made up of water. This April, Foothills Brewing has launched an initiative that serves to honor, protect and preserve the natural resource that unites every single North Carolina brewey, water. The NC Beer Month Challenge calls on every brewery and beer lover to lend a hand in keeping North Carolina's waterways beautiful and clear. After all, without the water, there would be no beer. Let's not reenter that dreadful time period that shall not be named. (Starts with "pro" and ends with "hibition")

How to Get Involved?
Grab a friend or two -- better yet, make it a few -- and head to the nearest creek, lake, river, stream, or ocen if you're feeling really bold, and help to clear the shoreline of debris.  Then, capture the moment and tag it  on your favorite social media channel with #NCBeerMonthChallenge. And that's it -- you've officially accepted the challenge and hopefully inspired more to do the same. 

For more information on The NC Beer Month Challenge, visit Foothills Brewing blog here:


Hop Swap 
Throughout April
For the love of beer, Foothills Brewing is opening their taps, for the first time in their 11-year history, spotlight to smaller, independent NC craft breweries every week in April. The Hop Swap helps to raise awareness of the craft beer industry in North Carolina and brings the brilliance that is Foothills to various regions throughout the state. Each week Foothills will swap a keg of their Hop of the Month brew with a keg of craft beer from the other guys. Who says too much beer leads to ruckus? It's all in good hops.
Hop Swap brewery lineup coming soon. 

NC Beer Month Events at the Pub (Downtown location)

  • Friday, April 1: Pint Night for Hop of the Month release 
  • Mondays in April: Randall specials infused with locally-sourced ingredients
  • Wednesday, April 20: Earth Day Beer Dinner 
  • Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21: Special water-themed trivia rounds (and prizes) to support #NCBeerMonthChallenge during Trivia Night


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."

Small Batch Beer Co.

241 W. Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
One of the newest stars in Winston-Salem's craft-brew scene (they just opened last fall), Small Batch Beer Co. specializes in quality small batches of craft beer. Keeping in tune with their philosophy of quality over quantity, Small Batch goes out into the neighborhood farmers markets to shop for the ingredients for their next one-of-a-kind batch. Small Batch has become a popular nighttime spot in downtown Winston-Salem serving up favorites like the Limónhead -- a citrus IPA -- perfect for spring. Along with their own custom batch, find up to five "guest taps" from breweries throughout the U.S. Located in downtown Winston-Salem’s former iconic Kopper Kitchen, Small Batch sits 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 get a front row seat for a look behind the scenes. 


Check out Small Batch's Kickstarter video below to get a better taste of what they have to offer. (This project has already been backed and the brewery is operating in full effect!)



Craft Beer Bottle Shops & "Hop Spots"

Below find a list of bottle shops where you can fill your growler or entertaining attractions serving up local brews and a good time. 

a/perture Cinema
311 W. Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Throughout April NC beer lovers can experience "an intimate movie-going experience of yesteryear" at Winston-Salem's independent downtown cinema. a/perture cinema is a locally-owned movie theater screening a mix of independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films. Choose from a variety of NC craft beers, including Winston-Salem's Foothills Brewing, local freshly-popped popcorn and gourmet sweet and savory treats provided by local bakeries to create your own movie-ready beer pairing.  

Visit their website for April's movie lineup and showtimes. 

Admission Prices:

  • Adults: $10
  • Students (w/ college ID) and Seniors (60+): $9
  • Kids (12 and under): $7.50
  • Matinee (Shows before 4:30 p.m.): $8


City Beverage
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.

Join City Beverage for Beer Tasting Saturdays
Every Saturday; noon - 4 p.m.
City Beverage host free beer tastings every Saturday for visitors to share in the great taste of malt and hops. Each weekly tasting differs from the last varying in focuses on everything from pilsners to porters and barleywines to bavarian dunkels.


Carolina's Vineyards & Hops
1111 South Marshall Street, Suite 184
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. CV&H is the first and only in the state to dedicate 100% of its menu to NC craft beers and wines. Get a thorough taste of the North Carolina with an entire pour-your-own craft beer or enjoy their extensive and regularly rotating collection of North Carolina wines -- also from a regulated serve-yourself system. Located just a block from the historic district of Old Salem and neighboring UNC School of the Arts, weekend nights feature live music from a jazz quartet.. Be sure to 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. Check out their website for more details.

NC Beer Month Tour de Taps
Welcome to your hops haven where NC goodness pours from the taps at CV&H every day of the year. Each week CV&H will showcase certain cities in the state.  Their weekly tap takeovers feature state brewery friends from as far west as Asheville and the mountains to the Southern depths of Charlotte and back to the beaches on the East coast. And of course, Winston-Salem breweries! Check the website for more details each week at And remember, after April ends, CV&H keeps this NC beer festival going all year long. 


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. 


Grapes & Grains
2535 Lewisville Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC

Located in Clemmons, a beautiful suburb of Winston-Salem and just 15 minutes from downtown, Grapes & Grains is like a candy store for craft beer and wine lovers alike. In addition to rotating crafts on draft and award-winning wines, guests enjoy live music performances and on Thursdays, free craft beer tastings from 6 - 8 p.m. Did we mention that it's free? Need your growler refilled, stop by on "Top Off Tuesdays" for discounted growler fills. 


Juggheads Growlers & Pints
4843 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

A 32-tap growler filling station, Juggheads Growlers & Pints not only offers your one-stop-shop to fill your growler with great local NC beer and ciders, it also provides a perfect place for taking a load off and enjoying a cold brew amongst friends. The team at Juggheads also handles your dirty work for you! They are happy to clean and sanitize your growler, so you can enjoy some of the best beer North Carolina has to offer. Because there's only so much beer one can drink without having a bite to eat, Juggheads brings in local food trucks on a regular basis to showcase more flavors of Winston-Salem. 
Amp up the fun inside their cocktail arcade cabinet where you can play for the high score or against a friend in one of 60+ classic arcade games. There's also an array of We also have board games, playing cards and a Rubicx Cube if you're up for it. Stop by one of Winston-Salem's newest craft beer spots where the motto is, "if it’s not from NC, it’s not on tap."


Quiet Pint Tavern Bar & Grill, Gastropub
1420 W. First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Frequent visitors of the Quiet Pint rave about the wonderful food and its great atmosphere. It is said that "every beer is made better by the atmosphere." (Visit NC) This serves true at Quiet Pint. The ambiance and friendly service make guests feel welcomed to let their hair down and enjoy a beer and a burger. 


Stella Brew
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.


Winston-Salem Dash Baseball
951 Ballpark Way
Winston-Salem, NC

Beer and baseball make the perfect pair. Home Opener for the 2016 Dash baseball season is Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem. Each Thursday home game is a "Thirsty Thursday," where you will find Foothills beer on tap and all draft and canned beers are 50 percent off along with other drink specials. Watch the Dash team play their heart out on the field and enjoy the excitement with a Foothills beer in-hand. 
For more information on Winston-Salem Dash including their special promotions click here