I enjoyed an afternoon meal while sampling both the Battlefield Black (Dunkel) and the Hummerbird (Pale Lager). I found it interesting to note that this brewery brews only lagers while the competing Greensboro brewpub Natty Greeneís only brews ales. Generally speaking, Iíd almost always rather have an ale.
We sat outside on the patio which contained large tables made from large slabs of stone. Our waiter was helpful and friendly, providing a bit of background information on the brewery and beers. I was impressed with the building itself. The restaurant is strewn with brewing relics of past ages. The copper brew kettle and mash tun are within reaching distance of the shuffleboard. There is a room to play billards and video games. In the middle of the restaurant is the bar with plenty of seating and taps. Neither of these were being used anywhere near their full capacity on Saturday afternoon.
This brewpub only had three beers when we arrived, and having already tried Red Oak before, we were required to try the other exclusive selections. I was dissapointed by the beer as can be seen in my ratings. The food looked great and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere, but the beers just arenít cutting it.
Within staggering distance from Guilford College, but surprisingly doesnít seem to cater well to the relaxed culture of the college. Their beers are uninteresting, unless you are lucky enough to get one of their seasonal brews (they very occasionally have a bock which sells out quickly). I would call first, as they really donít have them very often. Iím a vegetarian, so have a particular slant towards the food, but havenít seen anything there that was very interesting or tasty in quite a while. (They had at one time a dish that consisted of a small warmed wheel of cheese that smelled exactly like feet but tasted delicious, if you want something a little unusual.) This place used to be very promising, but has lost their way. They now seem focussed on supplying mediocre beer to all the area bars more than experimenting with interesting, tasty styles. Their one saving grace is the fact that you can buy a large mug (used to be 25oz., but Itís smaller now) and get it filled when you come in for a discounted price.
If in GSO, check out Natty Greenes, in W-S, check out the newly-opened Foothills Brewing.
I was glad to find a brewpub on my recent trip to the Winston-Salem area. Greensboro is only about 20 min from W-S and seems to have at least as much going on, especially beer-wise. Red Oak is easy to find from 40, and parking is plentiful.
The bar area is pretty cool, it is in the center of the dining area. The bar is square and has a UFO being flown by a man in a suit (?) perched above the center. There is a lot of wood and breweriana adorning the walls. What I really liked was the skylight above the bar! That is a first and I liked it a lot.
The bar had about 12 taps, their own beers hard to find amid all the macros. But they were there. The beers were average, Iíd say the Rye was my favorite. The brewer happened to be there that day and was happy to answer questions (like what kind of beer Battlefield black was) that the bartender may not have known.
We didnít try any food (you can blame a Krispy Kreme binge).