From Major Winston’s Wheat to Mountain Calling, First Temple Farmhouse, Pilot Mountain Pale Ale and People’s Moravian Porter, Winston-Salem, North Carolina is no stranger to locally crafted beer. In fact, you could say we manage to inspire as many varieties of beer as we do people who love it.
Perhaps it’s the history–Winston-Salem’s first Moravian settlers were quite fond of brewing beer. The first beer distillery in the state, Single Brother’s Brewery, opened in 1773 to a robust following. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Moravian church elders of the settlement officially encouraged beer as a wholesome community drink.)
Fast forward to today, where locally-owned craft breweries have blossomed, earning Winston-Salem a proud reputation as the place to experience some the state’s largest and most beloved brews. In fact, there are enough craft brewers in downtown Winston-Salem alone, you can fashion your own Craft Brewery Crawl without ever leaving the city.
Ready to create your own Fall Craft Draft Crawl? Use our alphabetical listing of downtown craft breweries to hand-pick your favorites.
Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing
Started by two Blue Ridge Mountain-loving cousins with a passion for beer, Fiddlin’ Fish is the latest craft brewery to hit the growing Winston-Salem craft draft scene. The brewery, located in a converted tobacco warehouse on Trade Street, has a 15-barrel brewhouse producing traditional styles as well as an ever-changing cast of seasonals and one-offs. The ‘Fish’ also has six 60″ TVs showing all your favorite sports and regular live music, games, and events on the covered patio. Food trucks daily. Dogs welcome.
Fall Tap Tip: First-timers should try the Camel City Session, an IPA named for Winston-Salem’s long-time nickname, Camel City (and the birthplace of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s Camel cigarettes).
Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing is located at 772 Trade Street NW, in northwest downtown Winston-Salem.
If you’re a beer lover, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about Foothills Brewing–the Winston-Salem original that has earned a near-obsessive following. This success story started at the original West 4th Street (downtown) location in March 2005, with three 15-barrel fermenters producing just 800 barrels of beer. Today, their two locations, national distribution and rabid craft beer following keeps the pub full every day of the week. Check out the growing list of craft beers here. Or just stop in to see what’s on the menu today (#Shanewich).
Fall Tap Tip: While you’re a bit too early for the annual February favorite, Sexual Chocolate, don’t worry. You can still catch their limited edition seasonal beers, including Foothills Oktoberfest and Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale.
Choose from two locations: the original Brew Pub at 638 West 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem’s historic West End, and at the Brewery and Tasting Room 3800 Kimwell Drive, Winston-Salem.
Hoots Roller Bar
Technically a bit far for walking, but still located downtown is fan favorite Hoots Roller Bar. One stop at Hoots and you’ll know–this is a beer lover’s joint. Started by what the can only be referred to as the “mysterious brotherhood of blue collar beer,” Hoots is all about the brew. Like all good things, they keep it simple. Good music, good vibes, and stunningly good beer. And the name? That has history, too. Originally Hoots Roller Mill, the factory turned brewery was once a flour mill (which used huge concrete rollers to crush grain into powder).
Fall Tap Tip: Keep an eye out for the upcoming fall release of Morning Stout, combining Hoots beer with locally roasted Krankies Railhead Espresso.
Located at 840 Mill Works Street in the far West End of downtown Winston-Salem.
Small Batch Beer Co.
Small Batch is a place that invites you in for a totally different adventure every time you walk through its door. Part hangout, part mad scientist’s kitchen, Small Batch promises that no matter what they’re brewing, they push the limits. Even the building has a story to tell. Refashioned from a Winston-Salem diner-cum-landmark called the Kopper Kitchen, Small Batch serves up delightfully inventive brews that warm the heart, excite the palate and satisfy the soul.
Fall Tap Tip: Don’t miss their seasonal Queen Cersei Blonde Ale, which due to popularity is in increasingly short supply.
Located at 241 West 5th Street in downtown Winston-Salem, right next to the Benton Convention Center.
Wise Man Brewing
They say it was a wise man who invented beer. The fine folk at Wise Man Brewing agree so completely, they named their craft brewery in honor of the thought. Focused on “diversity of beer styles and flavors,” Wise Man has fast become a local favorite in Winston-Salem’s artisanal beer world. Led by “3 wise men” (a chemist, an attorney and an accountant), this families-owned small business pours their passion into every pint. Food trucks daily. Dogs welcome.
Fall Tap Tip: Although the names will tempt you (“Scoop Dogg,” “Cosmic High Five”), don’t miss “Dance in the Sun,” a true Kolsch-style Pilsner.
Located in the 90-year-old, historic Angelo Brother’s Warehouse, 826 Angelo Brothers Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem’s northwest Downtown Arts District.