Winston Salem Visitor Guide - 2018 - 31
CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT:
Bartender at The Katharine
Brasserie & Bar (left page);
Foothills Tasting Room; hops;
Wise Man Brewing
Create your own Craft Draft
Crawl between downtown's
four walkable breweries.
Hoots Roller Bar also came onboard in 2013, opening inside a
neighboring restored flour mill downtown. The staff prides itself
on serving "Winston beer," according to co-owner Eric Swain.
"We focus on simple but good brews; blue-collar beers like ESBs,
lagers, and stouts."
Two new breweries joined the mix in 2017, starting with Wise
Man Brewing, which sits inside the historic Angelo Brothers
warehouse on the northern edge of the Downtown Arts District.
The taproom features an industrial-chic aesthetic with colorful
murals, rustic brick walls, multiple patios, and 16 beers on tap.
Food trucks regularly park outside the brewery, which is among
the most family-friendly (and dog-friendly) bars in town.
A block away, Fiddlin' Fish Brewery sets up inside a century-old
tobacco warehouse also in the Downtown Arts District. Many of the
beers here have a local flair, ranging from the Ardmore Amber to
the Buena Vista Blonde Ale. Food trucks, movie nights, and live local
music (including bluegrass) are also offered throughout the week.
Just 15 minutes west of downtown, Westbend Winery & Brewery
offers flights of its blonde, wheats, or ales - nice additions to its
frequent live music, food trucks, and festivals.
Complementing the city's six breweries are two distilling
operations, both of which opened in 2014. Sutler's Spirit Co. sits
in the West End Mill Works complex (right next to Hoots) and
produces artisan gin. Next door to Fiddlin' Fish, Broad Branch
Distillery makes a mix of easy-to-drink whiskey using local
ingredients and age-old recipes. Both distilleries offer tours and
tastings by appointment.
The city's brewery scene will expand even more this year,
when the owners of Greensboro-based Joymongers open a
barrel-aging facility and taproom in West End. When they do,
they'll take their place in a long line of spirit-makers who have
called the Camel City home.
"Brewing and distilling is part of our town's beginning - it's in
our roots, our heritage," say John Fragakis, co-owner of Broad
Branch Distillery. "We owe it to ourselves, and to the people
before and after us, to carry on the tradition." Learn more at
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