OldGrowth (204) the Containment Area, North Carolina | October 26, 2007| Updated November 6, 2007
Got there a little after the lunch rush on a thursday afternoon. Nice place, Downstairs has high ceilings, lots of wood, floors, ceiling, and brick. Dining area in front and bar is toward the back where you can see the brewery. Downstairs is non smoking. Upstairs is smoking area, I didn’t venture up there. Big windows look out side and a big mural on wall depicting old Greensboro, I assume. There is an outdoor patio, but it was raining so I didn’t venture out there. Service was good, but it’s not like the place was full at that point. We, the wife & I, both got burgers, Good burgers, so-so rolls. The home made potato chips were tasty. We go the Hummas plate as an appetizer. I liked it, though it had some curry mixed in and wife didn’t like that. I did. I had the ESB & American Rye ale. Wife got the amber. All good, the ESB darn good. Sampled the gunsmith dark munich lager which I don’t see listed here. Gotta add that. Got a growler of the Dipa & Dunkelwiezen to go. Well worth a visit if you’re in there area. I tried to go here before the Van Halen show but they had a 1 1/2 hour wait at that point, 530-600pm Saturday night, so it gets crowded at peak times.
Old skewl building with multiple stories, multiple bars, foosball, pool, etc. Bumping night life and plenty of good beers for whatever style you like. Hit this place at midnight on a Friday and it was packed but service was still great. Didn’t eat so can’t comment on the food but the beers are the best this town has to offer as far as I’m concerned. I’m a history nerd too so love the names of these guys’ beers. They are pretty good too.
Stopped here on the way to Brewsgrass 07.sat at the bar where we had great service.It was lunch time and was quite busy.The feel of the place was cozy and inviting.On this day they had 5 of their regular beers on tap and 6 seasonals.Had some lunch there which was bangin.I had also met one of the brewers who had us sample a brew not out yet. Very cool place to visit.The food was much better than the beer.
I stopped here twice on a week-long vacation traversing North Carolina. I gotta say, I like this place a lot. The food was delicious both times. The beer selection varied in quality, but covered a wide range of styles, so I imagine most people could at least find something they would enjoy. Unlike others, I did not encounter the problem with the smoking section. I sat in the non-smoking section as I asked, and though I did eventually eat, it was very clear that my main purpose was beer. The only reason I sat inside that time at all, though, was the fact that it was raining. Sit outside if it is open. The patio is spacious and comfortable. I will definitely go back again when I’m in the area.
My favorite brew pub. I havent had the problems the previous two have had as I make a B line to the upstairs where i can smoke, drink, and throw darts. Food is great. Havnt had anything bad there to date. These guys are always brewing somthing new. I highly recomend this brew pub.
Truly annoying, disappointing, maddening experience. We walk into a half-empty restaurant and ask for a table. When we say that we don’t need menus, because we are in town just to taste their beers, we are informed that we are not allowed to sit at a table. We can, however, go upstairs to the smoke-filled poolroom. We ask to see a manager, and the hostess announces, "oh, I am the manager!" and giggles. We explain that we would like to taste the beer, won’t be there long, in from out of town, etc. and would you believe that she wouldn’t let us sit at one of the ten empty tables? Unbelievable.
I tried to go here and sample the beers last week. I noticed that they were pouring eleven different beers that they had made. Unfortunately, when I requested a place to sit that was smoke free, I was told that only people who were having dinner were allowed to sit in the no-smoking section. If I wanted to taste the beer, I would have to sit with smokers at the bar areas. Now because this is the State of North Carolina and the home of RJ Reynolds, it is very likely that such an exclusionary practice toward non-smokers is indeed legal. If so, it should not be. I left without trying the beer and you should not walk into this place if you are concerned about environmental tobacco smoke and its proven relationship to lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If I lived in G’boro, I would research whether it is legal for them to force non-smokers to inhale a deadly chemical. I suspect that someone could initiate a successful lawsuit against this establishment.
detroiter (10) Euphoria, Minnesota | March 25, 2007| Updated January 13, 2011
Awesome high ceilings and fans, hardwood floors, and a sunny patio. I opted to sit at the bar, because if you are going to evaluate a brewpub - the bar is the place to be. I sat at the end of a small bar, at the brewing equipment end. The door to the patio was left wide open with the sun shining in, it was almost like being outside. I was delighted to find a dozen tap handles and a smiling bartendress. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I had an early dinner (delicious crab cakes, fries, and slaw) and enjoyed it. I complimented the assistant brewer on the beer, and he thanked me, and then took me downstairs on a mini tour. How cool is that?
Perhaps needless to say, I drank a few beers - all of which were fantastic. I started with the Red Nose (the irony of a Minnesotan sitting in sunny warm North Carolina drinking a winter warmer was too much to pass up). I enjoyed it very much and took mental notes for a review. But then I tried the Black Powder Imperial Stout. It pushed the mental notes of Red Nose out of my head, out the door, and down the street. I reviewed Black Powder - what a great beer. I then tried and enjoyed (but didn’t review) the Cannonball Double IPA. If I had more than just a single afternoon to spend in Greensboro, I would spend every spare moment drinking Natty Greene’s beer menu up one side and down the other. Then I’d do it again.
Had dinner here with a friend and my daughter who is in college in Burl;ington, about 20 miles away. We ate in the ground floor restaurant, the bar is upstairs. Good selection of Natty Greene’s brews with about 6 year rounds and the same number of seasonals. I had a Double IPA wqith dinner which was quite good. Service was efficient and friendly. The food was pretty good for pub type fare. I had a steak which was very good, and coame with a huge scoop of escelelnt potato salad and broccoli. The others enjoyed their meals, and we had no complaints. Prices were reasonable. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in Greensboro or the Traid area.
This is one of the best brewpubs in NC that I’ve ever visited. The place is spacious and wasn’t too crowded, though it was a Sunday night. The beer I had was quite good and they had a good variety of styles available. We did not plan on eating on our visit, but we ended up getting some spinach artichoke dip which was delicious. After looking at the menu for a while, we couldn’t help but order some food to go. Both of our meals were absolutely delicious. The potato salad is awesome and chicken/garlic aioli was mouthwatering. The prices are very reasonable. I’m definitely making a stop here anytime I’m in the remote area. Oh yeah, they do have the X-celerator or whatever that hand dryer is called in the restroom. Those are intense.
I liked this place, probably because of the service I got in this big, roomy brewpub. The others gave an okay physical description, but they didn ’t mention the cute waiting staff (the female part of it). The good looking mixologist even gave me some free-be black & tan concoctions to try, the best being a chocolatey brown ale with an IIPA. The neatest thing was the hand dryer in the restroom. The force was so great that, if pointed upward, a skydiving team could use the john as a wind tunnel for formation practice. Either most of the beers were pretty decent, or the waiting staff made them easier to swallow. I’d stop back.