8 Innovative Breweries in Winston-Salem (Perfect for Craft Beer Lovers!)

Last Updated on January 15, 2021

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North Carolina‘s Camel City is making a name for its dedication to things new and creative. That dedication is why “innovative” is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about these locally-owned breweries in Winston-Salem.

Our guide covers them all, with each one offering a unique vibe and take on beer. We also provide their addresses and details (from our personal experiences) that should convince all NC beer-lovers to visit them!

Please drink responsibly, but prepare to enjoy an amazing assortment of hops, flavors, and experiences. Exploring these awesome breweries ranks high among our favorite things to do in Winston-Salem, so let’s get to it!

This post is part of our series on all the awesome things to do in North Carolina, especially our breweries.

Breweries in Winston-Salem

Foothills Brewing

3800 Kimwell Drive, 638 W 4th St, and 634 W 4th St, Suite 120

Foothills is the biggest name of the breweries in Winston-Salem, for some pretty tasty reasons!

Foothills Brewing has three locations in Winston-Salem: Foothills Tasting Room, Foothills Brewpub, and Footnotes. In our opinion, each is more unique than the last!

The Foothills Brewpub is perfect for those looking for a brewery within walking distance of downtown Winston-Salem. Known for their very popular Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, the artwork on their cans is iconic and recognizable across the state.

If you are willing to explore outwards of downtown, then the Foothills Tasting Room is located in a former manilla envelope factory and spans 48,000 square feet. You can see the entire brewing and production process on their free brewery tours. 

We found all three locations to be kid-friendly but also great if you’re looking to escape for some adult time. Grab some food, a couple of beers, or a cup of Joe from the Footnotes location next door to the Brewpub. 

Hoots Beer Co.

840 Mill Works St

Breweries in Winston Salem Hoots Beer Co

Located in the West End, Hoots Beer Co. is an unassuming surprise. The vibe is geared towards 21-plus and for people who love their beer and like to talk about it. With progressive flavors and plenty of taps, you’ll enjoy tasting your way through all of their beers!

Radar Brewing Company

216 E 9th St

Radar Brewing Company is housed in a former storage building for NASCAR vehicles. Today, it’s one of the most hopping breweries in Winston-Salem with a focus on Belgium-style beers. 

You’ll find them in the new and up-and-coming Industry Hill area of Winston-Salem. We recommend trying their Vanish Point Stout or Beacon New England IPA.

Small Batch Beer Co. 

241 W 5th St

Founded in 2014, Small Batch Beer Co is a nano-brewery that uses local ingredients to flavor their beer. Their story started with a passion for making unique beers and has since grown with both a brewery and full restaurant.

Small might be in the name, but the flavors are big–definitely encouraging you to #treatyoself.

Fiddlin’ Fish

772 Trade St NW

Brewing beer since 2017, Fiddlin’ Fish has a vibe all of its own. A huge mural of a rocking fish strumming a guitar and local art stud the walls, giving way to a relaxed atmosphere to truly enjoy the beer.

Using a 15-barrel brewhouse, you’ll see taps with traditional styles, as well as experimental and seasonal beers. We recommend ordering a flight, as they are served on a hand-carved wood fish tray. 

Wise Man Brewing 

826 Angelo Bros Ave

This is one of the Winston-Salem breweries we don’t think you can miss! Wise Man Brewing sits by itself in a large industrial building with colorful murals and street art all over the brick walls.

The original building belonged to the Angelo Brothers, a wholesaler with 19,000 square feet, and the roof is covered with solar panels. The taproom is also both family- and pet-friendly!

As expected, Wise Man honors important people in history through their beer names. Each beer description contains a wise quote from those who have left our world.

Incendiary Brewing Company

486 N Patterson Ave #105

incendiary Winston Salem Breweries

Inside the old Bailey Power Plant in downtown Winston-Salem is the energetic Incendiary Brewing Company. Having renovated the former industrial building, there are still hints of the old architecture mixed in with the new at this brewery.

Owned by Winston-Salem natives, the beers are tasty, refreshing, and flavorful. Enjoy their beautiful outdoor space, order a pizza from next door, and soak up the industrial feel of the taproom.

Joy Mongers Barrel Hall

480 W End Blvd

Joymongers Winston Salem Breweries

Joy Mongers Barrel Hall is the last of our Winston-Salem breweries, but certainly worthy of being your first. The original Joy Mongers might sit in Greensboro but this one is building a deep connection to Camel City.

Located on the West End, the large industrial feel and open space make it easy to kick back and relax with a pint. The Barrel Hall focuses on infusing flavors into their beer, from blackberry and black currant Foederbier to their citrusy IPA.

To be absolutely honestly, there hasn’t been a single beer I’ve tasted that hasn’t left me intrigued.

Note that the inside of the Barrel Hall is 21+ only. However, there are some tables outside where we were lucky to sit with our kiddo. 

Which of These Breweries in Winston-Salem is Your Pick?

If you are a beer lover and find yourself in the area, then consider yourself lucky. These breweries in Winston-Salem live up to their innovative home and with more people moving to the area, we look forward to seeing even more spring up!

In the meantime, we think there is something interesting and unique waiting at each of these Winston-Salem breweries. We hope you’ll agree, too, while responsibly sipping and enjoying!

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