Winston-Salem Brewery Tour

We travel a lot through Winston-Salem en route to North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley to taste some wonderful wines – but did you know that the city is home to a handful of breweries that are worth checking out? Although Winston-Salem is the fifth largest city in North Carolina, it’s currently home to only 6 breweries. Which makes it relatively easy to visit all of them in the course of a day or a short weekend excursion.

There are a few other breweries in the works, that include Radar Brewing, Smiling Dog Brewing and Happy Hill Brewing Company – but let’s just talk about the ones that are currently open to the public.

Wise Man Brewing

Wise Man Brewing

WISE MAN BREWING – 826 Angelo Bros Avenue

This is always one of our go to stops while in Winston-Salem – for the atmosphere and of course, the beer! With what seems like over 20 beers on draft, you’ll always find something you’re craving, regardless of your taste in beer. From hoppy to sours, stouts to saisons. We also love that at Wise Man, you can expect to find a food truck every day they’re open to the public. Go grab a pint or a flight, order some food and enjoy the rest of your afternoon inside a great stop. Visit the website.

Fiddlin’ Fish

Fiddlin’ Fish

FIDDLIN’ FISH BREWING COMPANY – 772 Trade St. NW

Right down the street from Wise Man is one of Winston-Salem’s newer breweries, Fiddlin’ Fish. We enjoy the diversity in styles this brewery offers to its patrons – everything from the popular New England-style IPA to kettle sours. With ample seating inside and out, it makes for a great place to visit with friends and enjoy a nice cold beer. Another plus is its location. The brewery is in the same vicinity as Broad Branch Distillery, Sunshine Beverages and Black Mountain Chocolates. Visit the website.

Incendiary Brewing Company

Incendiary Brewing Company

INCENDIARY BREWING COMPANY – 486 Patterson Ave.

Incendiary Brewing Company, Winston-Salem’s newest brewery, is located inside the lower level of the Bailey Power Plant. With its spacious outdoor seating and industrial-style construction inside, this should be a must stop for any beer drinking pass through town. The brewery has no kitchen, so one must rely on purchasing food from the surround neighbors – which is a great way to support the local scene. We enjoyed the Snickering Doodle, a play on the snicker doodle cookie during our last stop at the brewery. Visit the website.

Small Batch Brewing Company

Small Batch Brewing Company

SMALL BATCH BEER CO. – 241 W. 5th Street.

We’ve been going to this small corner brewery since picking up one of the first bottle releases of its popular Mr. Lemon Man IPA. We enjoy Small Batch for several reasons … we enjoy the beer, but if you’re looking for a cocktail – they can hook you up! Also, they have a great menu of small bites and snacks for late nite snacking one might need after one too many drinks. Visit the website.

Hoots Beer Co. photo by Paul Prause

Hoots Beer Co. photo by Paul Prause

HOOTS BEER CO. – 840 Mill Works Street

Situated over by Winston-Salem’s Hanes Park you’ll find Hoots Beer Co., just a hop, skip and jump away from Wise Man and Fiddlin’ Fish. At Hoots you can expect to find various pub-style beers as well as some adventurous beers all within the confides of this neighborhood-themed brewhouse. Check its schedule on Facebook for food truck and live music dates. Visit the website.

Foothills tasting room on Kimwell Drive.

Foothills tasting room on Kimwell Drive.

FOOTHILLS BREWING – 638 W. 4th Street and 3800 Kimwell Drive

By now, most of us have been to at least one of the locations for the town’s oldest brewery … Foothills Brewing. From its infamous and still sought after Sexual Chocolate to the old reliable Hoppyum IPA, this was the brewery that put Winston-Salem on the map. Sit down at the pub and order some Tachos or fried pickle chips while enjoying one of its many beers. Or head over to the tasting room and enjoy a flight while playing board games with your friends. New to us was the addition of Foothills coffee, which includes the Peru San Martin and Cameroon Java. Visit the website.