We knew about Foothills Brewing already, having enjoyed Hoppyum and Jade IPAs in the past. The largest brewery in W-S with distribution into SC, GA and other states has a well-earned reputation.
|Had 3 IPAs in our tasting flight and the Oktoberfest, which was malty and tasty.|
|Josh Parrish, mgr, happy to pour samplers for us.|
|Jade IPA and September IPA were added to the array after I took the photo.|
|Bright interior, large space and good food to go with the good beer. Winner.|
|David Gonzalez, brewer, keeps the 15 bbl system very active to meet demand.|
Two new breweries we that our research turned up meant a full day of sampling new brews (all for research, of course). One of the newest is Hoots Roller Bar and Brewery (named after the steel-shaping building it occupies) out in West End, near Reynolda Road.
|We liked the Gashopper IPA, a balanced, dry and not too bitter example of the style.|
|Beyond the wall there is the 10 bbl brewery, enough for kegs, not bottles.|
One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises was the Small Batch Brewery which is located downtown, by the convention center. A true 1bbl system, this small producer offered up one of my new favorite IPAs, their Lemonhead. With lemon zest added, plus a selection of citrusy hops, some from Australia, this was easily the most refreshing IPA I've ever drunk. Kay loved it immediately too.
|A 1 Barrel system. Mash tun and boilers.|
|Limonhead IPA is a special beer in my opinion.|
Well, that mostly summarizes our beer-tasting adventure over a three day period. But what, you ask, about the tobacco and doughnuts?
Winston-Salem (names familiar?) was and is the home of R J Reynolds Tobacco Co. and the early Reynolds family home is now a museum, garden and village, all open to the public. Worth visiting for the grandeur of the estate as well as good lunch offerings in the Village.
And doughnuts, well Winston-Salem is the birthplace of Krispy Kreme! 'Nuff said.
I should also mention that the town is a haven for foodies too. We were able to have breakfast at Mary's Goumet Diner and a lunch at the Village Tavern. I can recommend them both without hesitation. Before leaving town, we made a quick stop at Camino Bakery for crusty loves of bread and several breakfast goodies to enjoy when we got home.
All in all, a very rewarding time, further exploring the towns and beer makers of North Carolina. We will be back.