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A Local’s Guide to Winston-Salem Breweries

Most people are surprised to find out that there are so many breweries in Winston-Salem. Heck, I didn’t even know about a lot of these until a year or so ago and I live nearby!

When it comes to Winston-Salem breweries one thing sticks in my mind – small family businesses. When you support one of these breweries you are supporting someone’s dream. You are keeping your money in the community.

Just one of the reasons that I love craft beer.

So whether you’re visiting Winston as a tourist or you live here, you’ll find 8 unique breweries on this list to go out and enjoy!

Prefer wine? I’ve got you covered with the best wineries in the Yadkin Valley! Most are under an hour from Winston-Salem.

If you come to town, stay for the weekend and check out these fun things to do in Winston-Salem. Try some of the wonderful restaurants downtown and the coffee shops in Winston!

Oh and if you check all these off your list then head southwest just a bit to the breweries in Statesville, NC!

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Map of Winston-Salem Breweries

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Wise Man Brewing

Wise Man is one of my absolute favorite breweries out of any that I’ve been to just because I love every beer that I’ve tried there. They always have something new on tap so you never know what you’ll find.

And with 18 taps to choose from, they’ll surely have something that you like.

They are located in a large, brick building in downtown Winston with plenty of parking. Historically, the building was home to the Angelo Brothers Wholesale Supplies but before Wise Man moved in it was vacant for 10 years.

The interior has an industrial feel with wooden accents for the bar and tables. There are often food trucks parked outside and during good weather, garage doors on either end of the tasting room will be opened.

They also have snacks like popcorn, nuts, and chips for when the food trucks aren’t there. During the summer they also sell slushies!

For those in your group that don’t love beer, they also serve wine!

Address: 826 Angelo Bros. Ave | Website: Wise Man Brewing

Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing

Fiddlin’s Fish is the perfect place to hang out for an afternoon and watch a game on one of their huge TVs. The atmosphere is always fun in their taproom.

They are located inside part of an old tobacco warehouse that’s been renovated into multiple tenant spaces. They share the warehouse with Broad Branch Distillery and Sunnyside Mercantile.

Parking can be a bit difficult here but if you don’t find a spot in the parking lot by Fiddlin’ Fish then you can park in the Sixth-Cherry Trade Parking Deck and it’s a short walk.

Tuning Fork Provisions is their exclusive food truck serving burgers, tacos, and more!

I love that many of their beer names are fishing related as I love to fish myself. They have a great variety to choose from so stop in and see if you can choose a favorite!

Address: 772 Trade St NW | Website: Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing

Incendiary Brewing

This one isn’t only unique for its beers, but the space it occupies too! Incendiary is located downtown in the old Bailey Power Plant. I love a good story about repurposing.

They are known for their award-winning IPAs and their delicious stouts so head here if those are your favorites. They also serve seltzers, ciders, and wine for those who don’t like beer.

Right beside Incendiary, you’ll find Cugino Forno Pizzeria. You can order a pizza and they’ll give you a number then go pick up a beer and find a table.

The pizza is phenomenal too! Cugino Forno is one of the best restaurants in downtown Winston Salem.

They also have a great outdoor seating area nicknamed The Coal Pit where you can sit outside and enjoy your brew. Starting in summer of 2021 they will be offering a new concert series on the weekends.

Address: 486 N. Patterson Ave #105 | Website: Incendiary Brewing

Foothills Brewing

You may recognize Foothills as they are on tap at many restaurants and bars in the states surrounding NC. They also ship bottles and cans to many of the surrounding states. I believe they are Winston’s oldest craft brewery still in operation though I haven’t confirmed that.

They began brewing back in March of 2005 and since then have expanded to another location – a 48,000 square foot warehouse – and they have even opened one of the best coffee shops in Winston-Salem, Footnote.

They release seasonal beers throughout the year but they also have multiple staple beers available year-round. My personal favorites are their IPAs – Festival Express, Hoppyum, and Jade – and I actually like their People’s Porter as well.

If you’re looking for a party with great food then look no further than Foothills. It’s a fun place on a Friday or Saturday night to unwind from a stressful week.

It’s also within walking distance to many of the hotels in downtown Winston-Salem which is convenient.

Address (Downtown): 638 West Fourth St | Website: Foothills Brewing

Radar Brewing

Once you see the interior of Radar Brewing, it’s no surprise that the owners have roots in the arts and design. You’ll find clean lines and lots of white with pops of color here. You’ll find great beer too.

They host many events throughout the week and have rotating food trucks daily. There are picnic tables with umbrellas outside where you can enjoy your meal or there is plenty of indoor seating at this spacious tasting room.

When I visited on a Saturday afternoon I was incredibly surprised that it wasn’t too crowded. I love finding great places with fewer crowds and this is definitely one of those.

For those who don’t love beer, they also have a good wine list to choose from.

Address: 216 E. 9th St | Website: Radar Brewing

Hoots Beer Co.

Hoots Roller Bar is known for its fun, laid-back atmosphere and friendly bar staff. Its brick walls are decorated with a variety of fun photos and you’ll definitely notice a theme of old submarine equipment.

They brew their own beer here but this is also a full bar where you can have cocktails mixed to perfection or a glass of wine.

Parking can be a challenge, but you can find street parking nearby. They also have a satellite location on the corner of 7th St and Trade St that’s right next to Mission Pizza Napoletana.

Address: 840 Mill Works St | Website: Hoots Beer Co.

Small Batch Beer Co.

Small Batch began as a small brewery on a corner in downtown Winston-Salem and now they have rotating taps plus a restaurant!

They are well known here for their burgers and many people come here to watch games with friends. They also serve great apps to share with the table.

You’ll have to check their social accounts for what’s on tap as it changes often. If you visit on the weekend or around dinner time you may have to wait a while for a seat!

Address: 241 W 5th St | Website: Small Batch

Steinhaugen Brewery

While Steinhaugen doesn’t have a taproom yet, I did want to mention them so you’ll know all the breweries of Winston-Salem! They are the newest brewery and focus on brews with a low IBU count.

This means they do lots of ales and porters. You can find their beer on tap at Juggheads in Winston and Stardust Cellars in Wilkesboro.

My favorite part about this brewery is they put a huge focus on local ingredients. They just released a Cucumber Blonde using 150 lb of cucumbers from a local farm and in the past they’ve done a Sweet Potato Ale – again using 150 lb of veggies from a local farm.

Follow Them on Facebook: Steinhaugen

Winston-Salem Breweries with Food

One of the most common questions when talking about breweries is do they have food? If you’re anything like me, you have to watch how often you drink. Anytime I start drinking I start wanting some greasy food!

Foothills Brewing and Small Batch both have their own restaurants on site. Fiddlin’ Fish has a contract with one food truck that stays there most days. Then Wise Man, Radar, and Hoots have food trucks on property often.

The best way to figure out which food truck is at a location is to follow these Winston-Salem breweries on social media! Most of them will update their Facebook or Instagram page.

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