Large place with a large bar running about half its length. Lots of folks were here mainly to eat, and the food going by looked very tasty, especially the pizza. We shared a very tasty app. Huge range of beers included a few of their standard offerings, but the highlight were the seasonals, which included two black IPAs. I have a soft spot for black IPA. I wish the server had explained how the flights worked, but everything worked out in the end. A must-stop while in W-S.
We visited Foothills a few years ago in pre-Sexual Chocolate days and had a great time. Jamie the brewmaster was a delight to meet and, as we were on our way to a Ratebeer Summer Gathering, he went out of his way to fit out the boot of our hire car with a liner and ice so we could take some growlers along for the Grand Tasting. I was looking forward to going back but, perhaps inevitably, I was a little disappointed this time round. The place still looks similar, with a huge hall at the front, a low ceilinged, cosier bar beyond and the brewery at the back, but I couldnít help feeling that it was, if not quite cookie-cutterish, much more corporate and had lost some its charm. It probably didnít help that we arrived half way through quiz night and the staff, although friendly and efficient, were very busy. Nevertheless, the beers are still good - there were 8 regulars and two seasonals on tap (but sadly they were out of Sexual Chocolate) and the food was great.
(Last visited 11 February 2014).
October 2011. Lunchtime stop on a sunny Monday. The setting is more or less the all-American main street pub. The draw of course is the sturdy beer list -- all sampled were good to great. The service was friendly and beer savvy. The menu was nicely varied with some great healthy and vegetarian choices alongside the standard gut bombs youíd expect in your favorite watering hole. Excellent! (#547)
Located in downtown Winston-Salem, not far from City Beverage. I didnít see a parking lot but I had no trouble finding a spot on the street a block away. Big interior with high ceilings and lot of exposed brick with a large bar in the back along the left side. They had 8-10 on tap with a couple that were unique to the bar. Nothing was extraordinary or outstanding on my visit but it was solid. I might go back if in the area.
First stop on the drive to Asheville. In an odd part of Winston-Salem. Metered parking on the street, but there was a lot right around the corner. Pay station was out of order, so it was free, but it was oddly difficult to get to the main street from the parking garage. These people love fences. Once inside was nice enough. Old school tavern decor, pretty large bar with plenty of room in the mid afternoon. Good selection of taps, including BA Sexual Chocolate. I had a reasonably priced flight, including the beast, and proceeded to rate while reading work email on their guest wireless. Beers good to very good. Solid, if a bit stodgy, place.
Foothills Brewing features a long bar with a spacious dining area behind it. There is some patio seating which would be quite nice on a pleasant day. The building is easily reached by a walk downtown. I would recommend any brew here whose primary focus is hops. The brewer can execute such styles very well. There were a very large amount of people who were surprisingly older than typical college students that loudly talked about macro swill being superior to Foothills stuff. Iím not sure if this is a common occurance, but it sure adds a certain level of humorous entertainment. I unfortunately did not eat here this time due to my earlier visit to Asiana. Perhaps next visit I will consume a meal.
Visited early afternoon on a weekday, which was nice as the place had only a few of the regulars.
Both the bartender and the wife of the brewmaster were overwhelmingly friendly, helpful and informative. They were flexible with the sampler so I could get a taste of everything.
Beers ranged from very solid to very good. Nothing disappointed, and there was a wide range of styles. The menu looked reasonably inexpensive, and good, but I did not eat. Highly recommended place.
Parking could be a pain. There is a garage across the street, but I walked from City Liquors, so I donít know details. Nice ambience inside... the place is huge but at the same time the bar area seems intimate. Excellent place, and Iím glad I stopped by.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | November 12, 2012
Prime location in downtown Winston-Salem, though there is nothing else to do in the town. Inside is a cavernous, dark wood interior. Large tables. Laminated, large plate menu with upgraded Applebeeís style kitchen. House beers on draft only. They have above average beers, and famous for their Sexual Chocolate imperial stout, which is actually not very good and not worth waiting in line for. Have been to Pre-Sex and Sexual Chocolate release in 2009 and 2010. Fun times with the RateBeer/BeerAdvocate crew late at night and then in line the next day at 5am. The main problem is the amount of people that skip in line. As only the first 200 people get beer, we arrived as 80th in line at 5am, and by the time they handed out wristbands, we were 175th in line, which is absolutely insane. Service is decent, beers are pretty good. But overall the event is not worth the trek to this isolated city. Might be worth a stop in while driving through to Asheville or something, but do not plan a trip here simply for Sexual Chocolate or their other beers. That beer is not even in the Top 100 FOR STYLE.
This is a super cool place with high ceiling, an old industrial building, turn of the century. Excellent service, friendly, and sometimes loud. Beers are above par, with a few rarities, barrel aged offerings, special relaease parties. Food looked good and plentiful. 6 X 6 ounces sampler for 8$, plus 3 more for 3$ more. Great!
This is a great brewpub in the city of Winston-Salem. It is well-designed with lots of space (maybe upstairs seating too?) and a long bar. It was fairly empty when I was there on a Tuesday afternoon. The bartender was very friendly and well-informed, talked up the beers, and gave us a few free samples as well. The beers is obviously very good - every one that I had was excellent (although admittedly their tap list does not rotate much - just the 5 or 6 year-round offerings plus one seasonal that rotates each month. Nonetheless, plenty of tasty beers to choose from!). The food was good (I had a club sandwich). I really enjoyed my visit here and canít wait to return (too bad they donít bottle most of their beers). Unfortunately, they also do not fill other brewery growlers (some silly NC law I think).