Right on the main drag, confusingly across the street from Carolina Ale House. Half a dozen beers on offer plus a cask (not a real cask ale of course). Brunch was tasty enough. Young staff were enthusiastic.
Lots of open support beams painted red and brewing equipment front and center behind the bar. There is an upper loft area that opens up to the lower level creating an open feel to the place. Lots of big screens with the game on. It was a quiet Saturday night when school was out when I visited, so it wasnít too loud at the bar.
Beer prices range in price from smalls in the $3.50 to $4.75 range to pints in the $4.50 to $7.00 range. higher prices are for their small batch stuff. Beers are average, from the few I tried. I didnít try the food.
Located on Franklin Street which is the main drag in Chapel hill. As the door plainly states, thereís free parking in the back which is a hell of a nice perk in a town that never seems to have enough. Itís a two story building but theyíve cut a hole in the middle of the second floor which gives it a rustic, airy feel that blends nicely wooden beams, exposed Brick walls, and the copper kettle brew house behind the bar. They have 12 on tap which are listed on planks behind the bar. I didnít have any food since Chipotleís a block down the road. The beers are hit or miss but the wait staff was warm and polite and was eager to help. Itís not a destination place but, if you live nearby, you could have a worse local.
Cramped, white washed interior with copper beer kettles and FVs exposed. Beers are mediocre, mid to low 3 range. Tasting flights available. Prices lower than Top of the Hill, though the food and beer seem to be slightly less impressive. And Top of the Hillís food is actually not as expensive as one might think. So, might be fun to drop by here for a tasting flight, but the food is underwhelming. Sweet potato fries are good, but all of the food is large plate with a lot of store bought ingredients. Pizza, burgers, large salads..sort of like an upgraded Chiliís. They do growler fills, which wasnít always the case. For beer I would keep walking to Tylers for lunch or backtrack to Top O for dinner.
Cool brew pub in downtown. Great service and decent beer.
JCB (284) Durham, North Carolina | September 17, 2011
Nice spacious establishment thatís tucked away from the more populated parts of Franklin Street. Brewing operations are visible, which I know is essential to some. Food and beer menu are varied and change regularly. While a lot of their flagship beers leave a lot to be desired, the last several times Iíve been in (roughly over the last couple of years) Iíve been pleasantly surprised to find new and fairly creative stuff on tap, like an imperial pilsner and a coffee stout. Sure thatís pretty standard fare for RB, but by the standards of what is otherwise a pretty basic lineup itís a nice change.
My first review. Stopped by while in town for business. Nice clean place and friendly, efficient staff. Seven beers on tap. Had the Firecracker Pale, which was a very drinkable pale and the Flagship IPA which was good,but not overwhelming. Had their Nachos which were a little shy on cheese, but otherwise really good. Older crowd, at least early in the afternoon.
Stopped in for a beer here on a tour of the eastern seaboard. Pretty underwhelming- I honestly donít even remember which beer I drank there. Looked like a decent place I guess and it was early, but I wasnít impressed. Hear the food is good though, so for a place with limited beer places probably worth a look.
This is a rather prominent spot on the main strip of Chapel Hill, a ways down from the main bar area towards Carrboro. Itís got a pretty nice feel inside, with a spacious bar/restaurant area and visible (and audible even) fermenters behind the bar. It was a very relaxing spot to spend the afternoon of Presidentsí Day, and there are a couple tables outside. It seems like a good place to watch a game, with multiple TVs, but as a Duke fan, Iíd like to be somewhere other than Chapel Hill if weíre talking college sports.
The quality of the beer here is only average. Donít expect anything that will blow you away, and donít come here if you are looking to sample the best brews of the area. I found some of their beers to have somewhat of a cardboard note to them, and while some of them were above average, none of them were great.
The food here is pretty good, not that I had a lot of it. Prices are very reasonable.
Overall, a nice place. Maybe not a beer geekís paradise, but hey, everyone likes to get a few ticks in, right?
I go to Carolina Brewery just about every time Iím in Chapel Hill. Food is decent, a few beers are good (and more than a few are average or worse), and service is adequate. I like the feel of the place probably a little more than what they serve, but will continue my support.