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

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on March 9, 2024.

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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!

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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 Winston Salem 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 a couple of beers or a cup of Joe from the Footnotes location next door to the Brewpub. 

This is also one of the best breweries in Winston-Salem with food!

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Hoots Beer Co.

840 Mill Works St

classing stout with the menu at 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, this is arguably the best brewery in Winston Salem and 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

A glass of light beet at Incendiary Brewing Company.

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.

Joymongers Barrel Hall

480 W End Blvd

a set of three beers at Joymongers Brewing Company in Winston Salem, NC

Joymongers Barrel Hall is the last of our Winston-Salem breweries, but certainly worthy of being first on your list of the best breweries in Winston-Salem. 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 honest, there hasn’t been a single beer I’ve tasted that hasn’t left me intrigued at Joymongers Brewery Winston-Salem.

Kernersville Brewing Company

221 N Main St.

Kernersville Brewing Company is another one of the best breweries near Winston Salem, right in between the city and Greensboro!

It’s a new brewery in Winston-Salem and a really cool place to hang out, with a food truck on-site and live music on certain weekends.

This family-run Winston-Salem brewery has some of the best beer in Winston-Salem, too. You’ll find unique New England IPAs, Blood Orange Ales, and lighter classics such as the Gym Session Ale!

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 and breweries near Winston-Salem NC 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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1 thought on “8 Innovative Breweries in Winston-Salem (Perfect for Craft Beer Lovers!)”

  1. Very nice description! A map showing the locations (with proximity to each other) would be a good add to this article.


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