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Foothills Brewing Company
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 5,276
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
638 W. 4th Street
phone: (336) 777-3348
(Place added by: Loki)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Foothills Brewery is in my home town of Winston-Salem. It is located in a great dowtown area that is currently undergoing a revitalization. Foothills is the best part of this downtown renewal.
The establishment resembles an old warehouse. The dinig area is large and wise open. Old wooden floors, brick, and all the neat characteristics of an old building. In the back of the joint is the bar. The bar is quite long wioth several hi-tops and a couple booths, all seat yourself. A couple of TVs are mounted around th bar. there is also an upstair area that I have yet to explore.
Serviec ahs always been good and quite knowledgeable about the beer and food. Speaking of beer and food, both are great. Food offering range from pub favorites to slightly upscale offerings. The beer selection is great. They have all the core styles (Pils, pale ale, IPA, stout, etc). They also offer and incredibly good double IPA.
Food and beer pricecs are quite reasonable, especially for the quality (a Rueben and 3 pints = $19). Definitely a good value. I visit this place as often as possible. I personally think it is the best overall brewery/brewpub in NC. I recommend a visit if you are ever in the Triad area of NC.
06-15-2006 16:53:41 |
More by JBStith
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The last visit to Foothills the place was slammed with patrons due to prom, WF Graduation and Mother's Day. Regardless we were seated within 20 min. That is where things went wrong. Despite being seated near the door and having spoke with the hostess as she seated us, no one was assigned our table. After another 20-25 min of no one taking further drink orders despite what was procured at the bar and various waitstaff passing us by one from our party got the hostess. They came in another 3-5 min and apologized. After explaining that one in our party wrote for a beeriodical and knew Jamie she promised we would no longer be forgotten and that everything else would be timely. It was for our table. However other tables outside were not served their main courses during our visit despite having been there for over an hour. I have to drop the service. At this point, only a point, to 3.5 due to the timing of our visit. However the service on this visit deserves a 1.0-1.5.
Luckily the first experience was very good (see below), hopefully future experiences will be just as stellar.
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
My first visit to Foothills (certainly not to be my last) was with the NC BA gathering. The group was sizeable and managed well by the staff.
Foothills is on 4th street heading North off Broad. It is only 3 blocks or so down 4th and parking is $0.25 per hour during daylight hours Mon-Sat. I spent 75 cents during our visit which was no big deal at all.
The place is huge with exposed brick walls, and upper floor and a meeting room where the BA gather was held. Smoking is only allowed in the back part at the bar so the front room and the meeting room are smoke free, as is a small section of the front bar. The bar is long and well laid out. A great environment.
The quality was high and everything was fresh from the apetizers to the beer. The ketchup and the mustard are made in house and are availble for retail. The service was attentive and well done with no mess ups at all.
There were 8 taps at the time of our visit and we were allowed to try every beer since it was a BA gathering. A great touch was having the brewer, give us a tour and answer questions.
The food was good, but unfortunately a bit hit or miss. Onion rings and mushroom apetizers were awesome, while salmon was ho hum. Cuban sandwich was good, but not great and BBQ was ok, but the slaw was too odd to be considered something to try. I suspect some real gems hide in the menu and this will need to be explored further.
My only real complaint about Foothills is they need to purchase more glass pitchers...;)
05-17-2006 23:20:57 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here one day during the lunch hour. I didnt have any food but I did purchase a growler of the Gruffmeister. Drinking some of that as I type away.
Wooden interior and antique looking. I generally like that look and like the sound of the wood creaking under my feet. Pretty nice sized bar area to the back and to the left (back, and to the left. Back, and to....). They have six or seven beers that are a mainstay and usually one or two seasonals. As mentioned, the maibock is the current seasonal. They have an IPA, DIPA, stout, pale, and amber I believe in full rotation.
The bartender seemed knowledgable and was eager to help and answer questions. I was just there for the beer so I pretty much knew what I wanted. I didnt try any of the food but it sure smelled nice in the place. I will definitely be back there sometime in the future hopefully to have some beer and food.
Growler was $13. 8.50 for the beer, 4.50 for the container. So, refills are 8.50. Seems about average and normal compared to other breweries I have visited.
03-26-2006 00:42:29 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is an outstanding brewpub. Very clean with a nice downtown kind of rustic feel to this place. The entrance is the restuarant portion with an upstairs balcony for extra seating. In the back is the bar with windows into the brewery. I noticed the sanatation score was 100.5.
Quality of the place matches the quality of their beers. Nice tables and decor.
The service was outstanding. Our food and beer was prompt, our waiter was very nice. He gave me a one on one tour of the brewery, which I really appreciated.
The food is the best that I've had in a brew pub. I had the Hunter's Pie and it was outstanding. They also have a wild game sampler. The food is pricey which is why I gave three dollar signs for value. The beer is a good value at 3.50 a pint.
This is an outstanding place and should be a destination if you are ever anywhere close to Winston Salem.
03-01-2006 22:07:14 |
More by wcudwight
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a lovely brewpub. It looks like it was constructed inside an old warehouse. The ceilings are SO high. They have to be at least 25 feet. There is tons of brick and wood everywhere. Nice looking honey-colored hardwood floors. Two stories. Excellent.
There is a lot of attention paid to quality. Each beer has its own seperate design/logo. Impressive. Service was prompt, friendly, and attentive.
There was about 8 or 9 different beers available when I visited, including a seasonal (porter) and a brown ale, which was delicious. They have something for each taste, including an IPA, Stout, pale ale, pilsner, golden ale, brown ale, ESB, and the porter, which was very hoppy.
Beers are $3.50 a pint, which I find reasonable. They also have half-gallon growlers available for $13.50 ($8.50 per refill). Very good value.
There's a reason that Foothills is rated #1 on this website. Absolutely worth a visit.
01-21-2006 03:14:34 |
More by chOAKbarrell
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Whew... what to say about Foothills. Was the on its opening night, St. Pattys day 2k5, and have been there about 20 times since. So, needless to say, I love the place. It is a bright spot in the otherwise relatively murky beer scene that is Winston Salem.
Ok, so here goes the review.
The front room is restaurant atmosphere... large open air room with bright hardwood floors and large windows that looks out over 4th st. (not that 4th st. is anything special). There is also a connecting room which is fairly large that is for private parties and such. Now on to the back, where the real fun is. Immediately after you enter the back section of the brewpub, you are graced with a beautiful sight. Large, copper tanks... brand new.... gorgeous. Then you gather yourself and take a look around. There is a long bar... maybe 25 ft?.... also exquisite. There are several large plasma tvs where you can watch sports if you so desire. Behind the bar is a long mirror with the Foothill insignia on it. There is seating all along the bar, of course, and there are also a few large tables that can seat 6 or 7 around them, and many smaller tables for 3-4people. Lastly, there are a couple of booths opposite the bar. There is also an upstairs section with many more tables and booths, but that tends to be too far away from the bar and tanks for me =P
The walls themselves are adorned with posters depicting their various styles of beer... very cool.
The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is really no fault of their own, but rather because many obnoxious Wake undergrads are frequently there (which is funny, because I used to be one... was I that annoying? Most likely).
On to the beer. They have a very solid selection: an IPA, Hefe, German Alt, ESB, Pale, Stout, Pilsener, an American Blonde and just recently (seasonal) an Oktoberfest. I think thats it.... dont think I'm missing anything. Everything I've had, which is all of those except the Oktoberfest (and I'll probly grab that tonight) is a very good example of the style. Don't listen to the mediocre reviews... the stout is excellent IMO... nothing thats going to knock your socks off, but definitely my favorite brew I've had there. Word is a DIPA is in the tanks, and maybe an Impy Stout. If you simply cannot find a beer that you like (and I CHALLENGE you to find one you dont at least find decent) they have a few macros I think. I wish they'd get rid of them... its an insult to the quality of the establishment. But kudos to them for not even displaying them as available.
The service has always been right on, even though theyre frequently understaffed for the huge crowds that are typically in there at night.
Their food goes beyond typical pub food. High quality, with alot of choices.
The buffalo burger (mmm pseudo-endangered species) is excellent.
They also have a game plate which runs about $24 where you can select any 3 of rabbit, ostrich, duck, and 2 others... I dont remember which... maybe elk... i dunno.
The food IMO is a bit pricey, but you definitely get your moneys worth. The beer is $3.50 a pint I think, with their special beer of the night being in the $2.50-2.75 range.
Definitely my favorite place in Winston Salem... come to think of it, probably my favorite place in North Carolina with the exception maybe of Flying Saucer. But despite FS's 200 beers or so, it has nowhere near the character of Foothills. Keep up the good work Jaime and Mgt.
09-15-2005 22:31:39 |
More by nickss
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I finally made our first visit to FBC last weekend for the NC BA Gathering. The brewery was situated in downtown WS. The building was once a car dealership a long time ago, and more recently a dance/night club before the brewery. The brewery area is a little small, but on average for most brewpubs. The area for customers is huge, with a large bar in back, and two story restaurant area in front. There is also a small amount of outdoor seating in the front of the building, which would be nice on summer evenings. The beer selection was quite impressive, with about 8 beers on tap, and they hope to get that to 10 in the near future. All of the beers were solid, with the stout and seasonal IPA being my favs. We were treated to samples of all their beers by the head brewer, Jamie, who reserved the private room for us. He was very friendly, and gave all of us tours of the brewery. The food was excellent,, especially the reuben, and prices were average. I wish we had a brewpup like this in the Raleigh/Cary area, and I'll definitely be coming back again.
07-30-2005 19:50:56 |
More by CSquared
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I finally had a chance to visit the FBC last weekend as part of the North Carolina gathering.
Location seems to be pretty ideal for the lunch crowd wanting to get away from the office downtown and catch a good lunch and perhaps a pint or two with a client. Given the success that the two local Capital Ale Houses in the Richmond area have had drawing on this group, I hope FBC thrives.
The front of the building is very "clean"...green front with lots of brick. Some outside seating as well. Upon entering, you see a large dining area that is two stories high. Very open and the "lots of brick" theme carries over. Off to the right is a long, yet narrow, multi-windowed smaller room that was reserved for us. Further back is the bar to the left...which is a real beaut. Lots of dark, warm, and inviting-colored wood with two serving stations, many seats, and two plasma TV's. You can smoke back in this part, but not out front. All the way to the back is the brewing equipment and storage area.
All the beers were quite good. I tried several different beers: the scotch ale, stout, ESB, Pilot Mountain pale ale, pilsener, and a one-off IPA that was stellar (AKSmokedPorter and I took home a growlers of the single-batch IPA and stout). Very fresh and tasty. Solid lineup of beers to appeal to most of the common crowd, yet there's a few that appeal to those with a more refined palate.
Service was good, too. Orders brought quickly and correctly. Didn't get a chance to see what sort of beer knowledge the wait staff had, but I suspect they know a thing or two about what they are serving.
Decent selection on the menu. Didn't get a chance to immerse myself in the selections, but the few dishes I saw around the table looked good and for the most part were consumed completely. My turkey bacon sammy was tasty and the ketchup was the shit (made on site with one of their beers, as is the mustard).
The brewer (Jamie) was on-hand for the gathering and really made us feel at home. He obviously enjoys what he does and the fruits...er....beers of his labor are well-crafted. He gave us a great tour and appears to have things well in-hand to start distributing kegs out and about. Kudos to the lucky wedding party that ordered kegs from him!
Prices are a little cheaper than my area, with pints around $3.50. Growlers (1/2 gallon) filled for $13, with refills on the cheap. Prices for food were very reasonable.
I liken this place to our own Richbrau and Legend, but with a better lineup of beer and more inviting atmosphere. Hopefully, the locals will taste the goodness Jamie is brewing and make this a welcome addition to the downtown area.
Do yourself a favor and stop by if you are in the area. And if you live in the area, feel very lucky.
07-30-2005 01:57:52 |
More by OldFrothingSlosh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My second visit to Foothills proved to be much better than my first and really won me over.Located in downtown WS it shows itself quite well with its name in big letters across a an attractive building with its name in big letters outside,very large inside with a large upstairs.Nice wood floors and in back a long bar that both times has been empty when there,service both times has been very good this time the girl was very friendly and always there when needed and filling waters when needed.The food is quite good the first time the cuban I had was ok but not as good as the south Florida renditions the shrimp and grits I had this time was very nice and neatly spiced.both times there new seasonals were on tap to go along with there standard taps the ESB and Pale ale are standouts with the Scottish and Pilsner quite good as well.Only 20 minutes or so from me so not a problem going there often,along with Natty Greenes two nice hand craft beer places near me.
06-30-2005 20:34:08 |
More by oberon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I first visited this place with AKSmokedPorter. I would say he had to work hard to drag me out to this place, but I was glad to come along. I went back for dinner the other night for some after work brews.
Atmosphere is nice. Not too much like a bar, but not too much like a restaurant. The entire place is fairly large and wide open so it never feels cramped. When you walk in there is a normal seating area for people who are in for dinner. You can walk towards the back a bit to the bar area which is about 35 ft long with plenty of chairs. There are also some high top tables in this area as well. A couple of nice tv monitors adorn the bar area making it have somewhat of a sports bar feel. And a glance to the back lets you know that this place is actually brewing beer on premise. The shiney stainless steel brewing equipment is a sight to behold. Crowd was varied as this was downtown Winston-Salem. Some younger folks, some middle aged folks and some older folks as well...definately some place you could bring the kids if you wanted.
Service was well received. The guy at the bar was friendly and fairly attentive. I think he was keeping an eye on how I was doing without being overly interruptive. And on a previous trip I felt the same when I was sitting in the "dining" area.
Selection is about typical for a brewpub. I think there were about 8 beers on tap and a couple of them seemed to be rotating. I think all of the beer bases were covered with brews ranging from lagers and pilsners to pale ales and ipas to a stout. I even overheard the bar tender mention to someone they just finished up on a hefe as well.
Quality of the beer is good. I personally like the stout and the pale ale, although I have yet to try some of their other brews all seem like they should offer up something tasty for my palate.
The food availability at this place was very nice. They seemed to have a thing going where they offer varied types of meat: bison, quail, calamari, ostrich, wild boar, rainbow trout and then the usual beef and chicken and pork. The entrees seem like they would be coming from a very expensive restaurant, but they have a good selection of burgers and sandwiches as well. They also make much of their smaller items as well. The ketchup is made with their ESB, and the mustard was made there as well as the pickles. Its small things like this that bring up the food score
Value: Very reasonable in my opinion. I happened to be there when they were having a special on the pale ale for 2.75/pint. But normal prices are 3.50/pint. Soon they will have growlers for 4.50 for the bottle and 8.50/refill. Food was reasonable as well. Entrees ranged from 12-20. Burgers and sandwiches were 7.50-10. Appetizers where 3.50-~7.
I highly recommend a visit. I'll definately be back over the next two months while I'm in Winston-Salem. I have a feeling it will be a sad day to have to say good-bye.
06-15-2005 02:40:19 |
More by blitz134
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