Statesville is an up-and-coming spot that has a beautiful downtown area and lots of great restaurants. But did you know that there are a couple of cool breweries in Statesville, NC too?
There are plenty of fun things to do in Statesville but after a day out and about it’s always nice to slow down with a good drink.
There are two breweries in Statesville within walking distance of each other downtown. You’ll also find multiple restaurants and brewpubs serving craft beer.
I was only able to spend a couple of days in Statesville so if you know of a great spot that I missed then let me know in the comments! I love adding new places to my list for return trips.
So if you want to spend a weekend exploring Statesville, NC then be sure to check out a few of these spots to grab a drink.
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Visit Statesville on this trip, but as always all opinions are my own.
Breweries in Statesville, NC
Both breweries are located in downtown Statesville. I never had an issue finding a parking spot on the street but there are also signs for additional public parking.
Just be aware that if you park on the street it is 2-hour parking only. For all day parking try the lot by 116 North Center Street or the lot directly across West Broad Street from Fourth Creek Brewing.
Fourth Creek Brewing Co.
Located on the end of West Broad Street closest to Mitchell Community College, Fourth Creek Brewing was Statesville’s first brewery since Prohibition and one of two breweries in Statesville, NC.
They serve craft beer (of course), hard seltzers, hard ciders, craft cocktails, and local wine so bring the whole crowd – there’s something for everyone.
Fourth Creek has seating at multiple long tables, a few two-seaters, plus bar seating. On Fridays and Saturdays, they have food trucks here and there are events throughout the week.
You can choose from one of their many games to play and they’ve even designated Thursdays as game night. It’s a very family-friendly spot as many of the games are great for kids.
It was crowded on the Saturday night in November that I visited but not overly so. It wasn’t too noisy which I always love so I can carry on a conversation with the people I came with.
Red Buffalo Brewing
On North Center Street you’ll find Red Buffalo known for their live music and great beer.
They serve their own brews in addition to bottles and cans of big names and other craft breweries. You can also get seltzers, wine, and sake cocktails here.
If you want more of a bar scene then Red Buffalo is your place. The red lights and unique decor give it the old-school bar feel.
The space is made up of two rooms – one with the bar and restrooms in the back and the other with tables and the stage. Check their Facebook page to find out who is playing plus info about other events like food trucks.
The owner and bartenders were super friendly and we loved talking to them about how they got started and what to do in town.
This would be a great place if you wanted to go out with friends, listen to some music, and have a good time.
Other Craft Beer Spots in Statesville, NC
Broad Street Burger Co.
Obviously, Broad Street is known for their burgers and they have some unique ones on the menu! Don’t worry though, if you aren’t in the mood for burgers they have plenty of other options.
Their buffalo chicken sandwich is popular with the perfect amount of spice and their fried chicken sandwich is another great option.
The real reason they are on the list though is that they have 28 different taps all from North Carolina craft brewers.
Broad Street is a great spot for a meal with friends since the atmosphere is super laid-back and the prices are very reasonable.
Twisted Oak Bar & Grill
This is the spot if you are looking for an upscale dinner whether it’s for date night, to celebrate something, or just because.
Twisted Oak offers 24 taps of craft beer and many of them are from local NC breweries. They also have a great wine list as well as bourbon selection.
Their menu is considered American-style so you’ll find steaks, pork, and seafood here as well as a variety of sandwiches.
The dish that Twisted Oak is known for is their Shrimp & Grits so don’t pass up an opportunity to try them.
D’Laney’s Sports Bar & Grill
Whether you visit D’Laney’s for brunch, lunch, or dinner you’ll be right at home here because of the cozy feel of the place as well as friendly service.
Eating brunch here took me back to when I was a kid eating at our local breakfast spot. It’s obviously a popular place and I loved seeing how the staff knew many of the diners by name.
While they serve Mimosas and Bloody Marys for brunch, you’ll find a mix of craft beer and big names on tap here for lunch and dinner.
If you want to unwind after work or watch the game on the weekend then this is your place. When the weather is nice they have outdoor seating on their patio that lines the sidewalk. Super cute!
Cedar Stump Pub
Another popular spot with the locals, Cedar Stump started in Troutman (south of Statesville) and then opened their second location east of downtown Statesville.
They don’t serve food but you can order delivery or bring in food from another spot. They have a variety of beer on tap but also serve mixed drinks plus cans and bottles for those who don’t like craft beer.
If you just want a place to grab a drink with friends and don’t need to eat then this is the perfect spot. On weekends they stay open till 1 am so it’s a great late-night place too.
Check out their event list because they have live music often.
This isn’t just a place for wine lovers – they have craft beer too! With ten taps that rotate weekly, you’ll want to keep coming back to try something new.
Wine Maestro is another great place to grab drinks after work with friends. They have indoor seating as well as an outdoor space.
It’s also a bottle shop so you can find craft beer to take home with you. They occasionally have live music too.
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Wineries & Distilleries Near Statesville, NC
After checking out the breweries in Statesville, there are a couple other local spots to try. Chances are if you like visiting breweries then you also like checking out local wineries or distilleries. Not always the case but I’ll make the assumption here.
There are a few wineries near Statesville, NC but the closest one is Davesté Vineyards. Another is Cauble Creek Vineyard but it’s about 30 minutes away.
The Yadkin Valley Wineries also aren’t that far. In 45 minutes to an hour, you can be in the middle of over three dozen wineries. Makes a great day trip.
While there are fewer distilleries in Statesville, you should not miss a trip to Southern Distilling.
This was a happening spot on the Saturday afternoon that I visited so I knew the wine must be good.
While there were lots of people here there is tons of space for people to spread out and the service was quick.
Davesté is a quick 15-minute drive south of Statesville, just outside of Troutman. It’s actually very close to Lake Norman State Park which is worth a stop if you have some time.
On-site you’ll find the tasting room, an event space behind that, plenty of outdoor seating, plus a gorgeous pond with some small waterfalls.
Just note that kids aren’t allowed down near the pond/waterfall area for safety reasons.
Inside the tasting room, they have different cheese and crackers to choose from as well as other food items that would make perfect gifts like pickles, chocolates, and popcorn.
They offer flights of wine and you can purchase by the glass or bottle as well. They had a large selection but the staff was very helpful when it came to choosing which one to try.
Once they knew the type of wines that I liked, they recommended the Merlot which was very smooth. I would definitely get it again.
There was partially-enclosed seating in their event space where they also had live music. There was plenty of seating on the patio by the tasting room as well as under the trees in front as well.
Southern Distilling Co.
Southern Distilling was a unique experience for me because I had never toured a distillery before. I don’t typically drink liquor, but I’ll say they had a fantastic whiskey sour for our welcome drink.
Pete and Vienna Barger started Southern Distilling in 2013 and the company has truly exploded since then. What I loved most about their business model is their focus on the community and how they can work with local farmers.
Tours are offered daily and a tasting is included with the price of the tour. They have a beautiful tasting room with comfortable seating and a fun gift shop.
I highly recommend taking a tour as you get a behind-the-scenes look at how whiskey is made. From the beginning where the grain comes in to the end where you learn about the aging and bottling process.
They are super easy to get to since they are located right off of I-77 just 10 minutes north of downtown Statesville. Make sure to stop by and enjoy a drink at one of the best distilleries around!
Are there any other great spots to grab a drink near Statesville?