Winston Salem Visitor Guide - 2018 - 30
FOOD & DRINK
DRINK IT U
A NEW WAVE OF CRAFT BREWERIES AND
DISTILLERIES IS REVIVING WINSTON-SALEM'S
BY: MICHAEL BREEDLOVE
30 | 2018 OFFICIAL VISITOR & RELOCATION GUIDE
passion for local beer has been brewing
in Winston-Salem for quite some time.
In fact, beer-making dates all the way
back to the town's beginning, when
Moravians operated what's believed to be the first
microbrewery in the state (Single Brothers' Brewery
and Distillery, opened in 1773).
While that operation is long gone, a new wave
of local brewmasters is once again making beer a
big-time business. It started in 2005 when Foothills
Brewing opened inside a cavernous storefront on
West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The brewery quickly developed a cult-like following,
garnering countless awards and national attention.
Foothills' flagship beer, Hoppyum IPA, is now the
best-selling IPA in the state, while one of its seasonal
stouts, Sexual Chocolate, is among the most
anticipated annual releases in the country. In addition
to its downtown brewpub (which partners with the
neighboring Bookmarks for a hip bookstore/cafe
concept), Foothills also operates a 28-tap tasting
room at its production facility 10 minutes west of
downtown. Enjoy weekend facility tours, daily food
trucks, and yoga classes on Saturdays.
Foothills' rapid success helped pave the way for
other breweries to follow suit. The first was Small
Batch Beer Co., which opened in 2013 at the corner of
Fifth and Cherry streets, just across from the Benton
Convention Center. As a nanobrewery, the bar has a
"one barrel at a time" philosophy, infusing each brew
with a mix of locally sourced ingredients.
April is official
NC Beer Month.