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Foothills Brewing Company
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 5,237
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
638 W. 4th Street
phone: (336) 777-3348
(Place added by: Loki)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 91 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was extremely impressed with the Foothills Brew pub. Sort of a crash course meeting, given my arrival for the Sexual Chocolate release, but Foothills did not let down. The dining area is big and open, especially important given that smoking is permitted in WS, for obvious reasons. A very modern decor, I might add. I gotta commend them for their brew labels, very cool artwork. The beers are all well built, my table fit in a tasting of them all, and appreciated even the styles we are not big fans of. I think the part that impressed me most was the service of the staff. Given the bum rush of people, they handled things smoothly and professionally. All were very friendly, and pour a mean growler for the road too! I had a buffalo burger which was really good, and the whole table agreed that the food was good, even if it still was more along you standard pub offerings. Thanks Foothills, excellent beer and excellent people, I look forward to returning for a more "normal" visit soon.
02-08-2009 16:57:28 |
More by bhalter8
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My big reason for stopping in Winston-Salem anytime I'm on the way through. Very nice place in a pretty good sized renovated brick building downtown. Nice high ceilings, open floor, and wood everywhere. Plenty of booth with a few tables spread about. The bar is seriously hip, and is full for your non beer drinking friends. The food is like an upscale pub food. Sandwiches, Pizza, and some entrees. They serve some wild game so thats a nice twist. The beer is great, and they normally have something special or a seasonal offering. Jaime and Sarah are very friendly and extremely helpful which only adds to the experience.
04-14-2008 21:02:55 |
More by ahatcher78
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a review from August 1st when they held their first beer school. I thought I put this review in a month ago but I found my notes recently.
The atmosphere is one of a regular restaurant/bar. There is the main seating as you walk in and the bar is towards the back. The space is covered in nice wood and has a homey feel to it. There is no smoking allowed which is nice. The only taps they offered were their own beers, which is fine with me. They have some BMC in bottles to appease some. The service was tremendous, as I stated earlier I went on the 'Beer School' day and we learned all about the brewing process, sampled all that they had to offer and were given a tour of the brewing facilites by Jamie. My friends and I stuck around afterwards and had some more beers. I was able to have a pint of the Bourbon Barrell aged stout and a few Seeing Doubles. We ended up ordering some food which was decent, nothing great but certainly edible. However I would not come for the food, but who does? Before I left I bought a few growlers and the bartender was nice enough to throw in a pint glass for free. The prices aren't bad either with reasonable pint and growler prices. However I would suggest those who will be/are frequent customers to get a frequent dining card. You acrew points based on purchases that can be redeemed for later purchases.
Overall a very nice place that I have been back to a few times since and I can say that each time I have gone back has been just as good as the last. In fact the last time I was there I was buying another growler and while I was waiting for it to be filled the bartender offered me a sample of their Oktoberfest that had just been released. If you are in the Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point 'Triad' area I highly recommend stopping by this place for a pint, some food or a growler. Even though I live about 30 minutes away I plan on making my way back there later on in the week to pick up some growlers.
09-29-2009 19:57:45 |
More by cbros
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I am visiting Winston-Salem for less than pleasant reasons but decided to make the best of it by seeking out a brewery/brewpub/microbrewery to enjoy. Foothills was a bit out of my way but it would be inadequate to say that the trip was worth it.
My family arrived for a latish dinner (sometime after 7) and were seated with a slight delay. Although it did not feel crowded there was only one empty table to be seen. Do to the 2 story ceilings and open layout it wasn't too loud, however I went outside to make a phone call.
My family started with root beer, which they all enjoyed but didn't rave about. I started with the beer sampler (I was not offered the choice of what beers would be in it, not sure if that is normal). The flight included Salem Gold, Pilot Mountain Pale Ale, Torch Pilsner, Seeing Double IPA, Hurricane Hefeweizen, and People's Porter. I generally like less hoppy, dark, sweet, strong beers. This line up would not match that, especially when they had a Total Eclipse Stout and India Style Brown Ale on tap. However, enjoyed everyone of them! The only sample I didn't finish completely was the Pils and that was simply because I was afraid of exploding. The Gold would be a fantastic session beer. The Pale Ale had tantalizing carmel notes in its nose and taste, and paired with the fish & chips. I started with the Hef and it kicked the night of right.
The food was excellent. I had the fish & chips, a little expensive at $14.99 (but maybe that's normal for this area). But the best I've had in a long time. Obviously from scratch all the way down to the ketchup. The remoulade was delicious but I found that malt vinegar was the perfect accent to the meal. My wife had the Hunters Pie, which is a shepherd's pie with sirloin, buffalo, ostrich and pork and mozzarella on top of the mashed potatoes. It was also wonderful. My kids had the She-crab soup and enjoyed it.
All in all we really enjoyed our visit and would make sure to stop in again when we come this way. Possibly planning vacations to come by this way just to stop here.
12-30-2009 05:28:07 |
More by djweso
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made my first foray to Winston to Foothills in my 5+ months of "real beer", mostly because they had rereleased Jade and they were now bottling People's Porter.
I got a parking space not far from the front door and didn't have to feed the parking meter since it was on a Saturday. The brewery/pub is located about 6 or 8 blocks from I-40, which is convenient for me.
There was a good number of folks in the front dining area as well as in the back bar area. I sat at the bar and ordered up a Jade. It was about 1:30 p.m on a Saturday so college basketball was on the numerous big screen TV's.
I ordered Humus and Pita bread and it arrived with about a sip left in my Jade pint. The combo of Jade and Humus was spot on. Unfortunately, I had ordered a People's Porter and drank it with the balance of the starter (not a good combo). Also the Humus was pretty dry, the kind that rolls up in a ball and takes a fork to get it up onto the pita. I mentioned to the beertendress that it was pretty dry and that it could use either more garbonzo bean juice or olive oil drizzeled over the top and she confered that olive oil would be good.
After finishing my pints (and a little less than half the humus) I ordered up 5 growlers for the road and the attractive bartendress said "I need to go party with you". I responded "That sounds like a date, but my wife would probably kick both our asses". She laughed and I loaded up and hit the road.
I don't get to Winston Salem that often even if it is only 25 miles down the road, but when I do; Foothills will be my go to beer destination.
12-18-2011 18:18:46 |
More by RedneckBeerz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is an outstanding brewpub. Very clean with a nice downtown kind of rustic feel to this place. The entrance is the restuarant portion with an upstairs balcony for extra seating. In the back is the bar with windows into the brewery. I noticed the sanatation score was 100.5.
Quality of the place matches the quality of their beers. Nice tables and decor.
The service was outstanding. Our food and beer was prompt, our waiter was very nice. He gave me a one on one tour of the brewery, which I really appreciated.
The food is the best that I've had in a brew pub. I had the Hunter's Pie and it was outstanding. They also have a wild game sampler. The food is pricey which is why I gave three dollar signs for value. The beer is a good value at 3.50 a pint.
This is an outstanding place and should be a destination if you are ever anywhere close to Winston Salem.
03-01-2006 22:07:14 |
More by wcudwight
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Winston-Salem for work last summer and visted Foothills for dinner on a monday night. The atmosphere is great...it is an old brick building that has been converted, high ceilings, wood floors, a lot of space and a large bar. The service was decent for summer in a college town. That night I think that they had about 8 beers on tap, I tried a Stout or Porter and a Wheat. Both were really good. The food was definately a step up from the typical pub. I had a half rack of ribs, they were excellent. Overall, the experience was very enjoyable and a decent value. I would recommend this place to anyone.
04-15-2008 18:46:45 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere - Walking through the dining room to get to the bar is awkward, but the wooden floor, well-lit dining area, outdoor patio, and upper level range from pretty good to great. Bar area is large, with plenty of TVs.
Quality - Varies. Foothills nails the Czech Pilsner, English Porter, East Coast IPA, and Imperial Stout styles well within the mark. Other styles at least hit the dartboard itself. Jade and Seeing Double (and I guess BASC) are outstanding, though. Randalls are fun, too.
Service - Fantastic. Better if you have a server who knows his/her beer.
Selection - Foothills owns ton of space, but has yet to kick out anything beyond its normal lineup. Randalls come and go, but not much has come out since Jade, and that was two (?) years ago.
Food - Almost as good as the service. Ostrich burger, pub nachos, fish and chips, cuban... Likely many more.
Value - Solid, although Jade has gone up in price.
Overall - I live in the hood, and it seems as if Foothills is the only game in town. Good for them. Just wish Jamie would let his guys cut loose once in a while.
10-13-2013 00:09:06 |
More by Cerebus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ended up here while in town for a wedding I always love to check out the local brewery when I can. At the time I didn't realize that it was the sister brewery of Blue Ridge Brewing that is in my neck of the woods. While this is the sister company you can tell that Jamie has taken his own lead with many of the brews, so you are definitely not walking into a replica of Blue Ridge. The staff was great and knowledgeable not only about their beer but beer in general which is a good thing. I tried several brews and was not disappointed by any of them. The atmosphere was great and the locals were a blast (you can tell it's a favorite place for locals). Definitely check out this place if your ever in Winston-Salem.
12-12-2007 02:57:54 |
More by mbenthall
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: Lively, packed, crazy, jazzed...Opening night, St. Patty's Day, and Tourney time with two flat panels behind the bar = Packed and jumpin! Nice two story front with big wood and glass double doors open to a beautiful front non-smoking dinning area with tables and booths all around and big windows looking out on 4th street downtown. Nice wood stair case leads up to a reserved seating area and overflow, which was fully used. There is a private room off to the right of the main dinning area for meetings, large groups, and private parties. Also full this night. Walk through the dinning area to the bar and smoking section of the brewpub. From here you can see the copper tanks behind huge glass windows and the stainless steel fermentors behind those. You can also see Jamie Bartholomaus brewing his latest batch. Working on the Kind IPA tonight. The bar is beautiful and easily 25-30 feet with two shinny new Perlick Stainless Draft towers with ten taps each. There are currently 5 beers on tap, but their will be a full six regulars and 4 seasonals. Nice big kitchen and great graphic posters representing the standard line up of beers. They used a professional marketing company for the tap handles, logo, and design graphics and it clearly shows. The tap handles jump at you with lively, colorful graphics. A huge mirror is centered behind the full service bar with a backlight, eched logo in the center. The bar, mirror frame, and shelving are all a beautiful cherry. The top of the bar reminds me of a shuffleboard deck in color, appearance, and texture sans the sawdust.
Quality: Beer is handled correctly, glasses served room temp, and beers poured properly and not stored too cold. Quality of the beer is top notch with new ones coming out everyday. The Salem Gold is their best seller, but the 40% wheat gives it a good backbone. Big fan of the stout, Pale, and the seasonal Alt that is on tap now. Big fan of the ESB which is an amazing session beer. Can't wait for the IPA and the other seasonals.
Service: Hard to judge, first night and there was a 2 hour wait for tables by 6:00. The place was so packed they exceed their fire code and had a line of people waiting outside in the 35 degree weather waiting to come in. Other than trying to order a beer from the overwhelmed bar staff, dinner service was fast, friendly, and right on.
Selection: Right now they've got five beers to choose from; Salem Gold, Rainbow Trout ESB, Pilot Mountain Pale, Total Eclipse Stout, and the seasonal Alt. This will improve as they will have 10 beers on tap. They've got a few bottle selections for the timid, but don't have them out or even on the menu I don't think. They also have a good wine selection and a full liquor bar. They were constantly asked what the brown sugar on the bar was for. The answer, the trendy Mojitoes.
Food: Specializing in game and more exotic meats, this menu is about as far from typical bar or pub fare as you can get. Game sampler let you choose from Quail, Ostrich, Wild Boar, Duck, Bison, and Rabbit. They also have the most tender Calimari I've EVER had. It was amazingly good and soft. They also have burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Oh, and amazing ribs.
Winston need this place more than they needed Winston, but now that it's here This place is going to be a great success! I can't wait to go back.
[Edit] Value: Pints are $3.50 and food ranges from $4-9 appetizers to $6-25 entrees with the majority being in the $8-12 range. Great value and very good pricing for this area.
03-18-2005 14:33:28 |
More by Loki
Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC
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