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Foothills Brewing Company
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 5,257
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
638 W. 4th Street
phone: (336) 777-3348
(Place added by: Loki)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 91 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Yes, it's a great space. High ceilings, 2 levels, a closed off space. The food is decent but nothing to write home about... and generally2$ more than it could and should be. It's a great place to watch a ball game. They'll often run a projector in the back area. They did last week for the Alabama vs. Auburn game.
It's great having a brewery in Winston Salem.
At the end of the day though, their beers just aren't that great. I don't mean to be a hater, but there isn't one of their beers that I'd give above a B- or C+. Look them up on the site!
I feel like they're better at branding and marketing their beer than brewing it. Maybe that's just me though - I've been there many times.
If i was traveling through, I'd definitely stop by. The rest of the experience is so nice that the mediocrity of the beers won't ruin it.
12-01-2010 17:16:56 |
More by showmeyourTDs
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in on Sunday night. Atmosphere was noisy in the extreme especially considering that the place was half empty.
The beer is the best thing about this place. I had a Seeing Double IPA which was very good. My quality score relates only to the beer and not to the rest of the experience.
To call the service slow would be a compliment. It was glacial and our server was unconcerned to say the least. When the food came out, my friend's burger was cold and while my food wasn't cold, it could have been warmer.The food was acceptable for pub food.
If you are looking to try some of there beers, there are plenty of other places in Winston Salem and nearby that carry them. I'll continue to drink their beers and I highly recommend them. It's possible that I caught them on an off night, but based on this experience I wouldn't recommend the restaurant.
05-20-2008 21:30:09 |
More by kwakwhore
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arrived at Foothills at 4:30AM for the second time in two years. Last year I got bottle #69 and was hoping for it again. ( got 15 16 17 and 18 this time.) The line was cold, but the beers kept us warm...
** 2012 edit no more tasting in line
...until the staff brought out sausage biscuits and hot choc. Very awesome!
**2012 edit sounds like now they are going to amend the rules catering to those who want to show up late and biscuits are now $2 ea.***
The inside looks very nice and the seating was not crowded at all. The only thing that took away from the experience was the crazy Jamaican music that was playing over the loudspeaker above our heads in line. ( that was changed though :) ) No offense to those that enjoy it, but wow!! Never heard anything like it before.
**edit no longer able to get a seat and eat if you enter first. We were told we had to exit the building until after the bottle sale.
Like I said the staff was awesome, offering warm drinks, cleaning up the pink vomit no im not kidding that someone left on the sidewalk ( HAHA wasnt me!!) , they came to ask how the food was etc. and never let the drinks go dry. Jamie was going around signing bottles.
**2012 Edit The staff sold us beer we wanted to enjoy then and only then told us we had to drink it fast ( or waste it ) because it was not allowed in the back.
I had a Ruben and fries ( amazing!!! ) and the homemade ketchup and mustard was awesome too. Sampled the SC and it was very very good. I am glad I got my bottles.
Im going to be back next year for sure. I hope it is warmer.
**2012 edit no longer going back. plenty of better releases now.
MIssed a release due to the BS above and was told that the ways were ammended yet again.
Seems there is an ok compromise. drinking is legal until an arbitrary time, then it is not. The doors open earlier for more drinking which was cool. If things continue like this, Ill make the drive again.
02-09-2009 02:07:59 |
More by Photekut
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
With all the hype around beers like Olde Rabbit's Foot and Sexual Chocolate, I walked into this place with high expectations...which were quickly shot down.
Atmosphere was pretty generic, somewhere between family restaurant and sportsbar. A good-sized bar lined the wall, there was plenty of table space, and a small outside seating area that was dog-friendly. It took about 45 minutes to be seated outside on a fairly slow day; not the staff's fault, but if you're planning to sit outside, you might want to reserve in advance. The service was good and bad. While we were waiting for a seat outside (as we had the dogs with us), I planted myself at the bar for a drink. The bartender ignored me for a while, then finally served me with an attitude as if I was getting in the way. Fortunately once we were seated, our waitress was friendly and attentive.
There was a decent variety of brews on tap, but very few were memorable, with 4 of their 8-or-so taps being light lagers, and only one beer being notably good (a Pappy-aged stout), and even that one wasn't mind-blowing. Food was decent. I got a half-sized fish & chips, and thank Bacchus I went with the half, because the portion was pretty enormous even for me. Not the tastiest f&c, but pretty good. Prices were decent, though considering the quality of the beers, maybe edging on "a bit pricey."
I don't think I'd ever want to revisit Foothills. The beers are just sub-par, and you have to kind of be there at the right time and hope one of their bigger beers is on. Or line up for their whales, which I just don't see myself ever caring enough to do. I suppose if you live in the area, it's a good place to frequent, but otherwise, I'd be fine passing it over.
06-18-2013 06:09:25 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We will review FootHills Brewing Company again after we return to the area this spring. We stopped in for an early dinner at the Brewing Company in April 2010. It took a while to get seated, and even longer to order some of their selections on tap. The waitstaff looked pretty harried, which was surprising as it was before the dinner rush at 500 pm. We had several different waiters during this visit, it was very jumbled service. Food was of a decent quality, but nothing special. Mostly regular pub fare, fried dill-pickles, chicken caeser wrap, hamburgers were some of the slections in our party. Price was on the expensive side for sandwich type meal. I do remember our beer selections from the tap/Foothills Pilot Mountain Pale Ale , was very good. Next visit we may try the sampler. Will do a more complete review in May 2011 following next visit!
02-28-2011 23:05:26 |
More by lulu1040
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Foothills is growing and they are slowly upping their game. My wife and I love to take our daughter to eat and enjoy some great craft beers. Their usual offerings are good with regional names that are associated with local geography. Their seasonals have really impressed me. I recently had a Dunkel-Weizen that was excellent and their DIPA was wonderfully done with killer hops, good malt backbone and detectable alcohol. With the high ceilings it can get very noisy. The bar has a pretty good party atmosphere. However, I get disappointed when I see people partying up with Miller Lite in a bottle at a brewpub. Oh well, the place is nice and any business is good business. Foothills has benefitted from NC popping the cap on alcohol and their beers are very good. Their bitter, stout and pale ale are my faves. Cheers!
07-20-2006 13:02:15 |
More by ByTor2112
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited while in Winston for a Georgia Tech football game
I lucked out and was able to grab a parking spot on the street, close to the pub. The crowd had spilled out onto the sidewalk that evening, and was very lively. A band was playing up front, but we took our seats at the bar in the back. Fun environment to be in, but that is probably influenced by it being on a weekend night.
Bar service was fairly quick - a few taps, and I think all of them featured Foothills beers (a welcome sight for me). I started with the oktoberfest, which was seriously good. A bit bigger, but also better than most in the style. My other beer was the Seeing Double, which I've had before, but not at the source, so freshness was an upgrade. With a smaller selection, I imagine the turnover is better than average.
We grabbed a couple late night snacks, which were decent, but were also a bit pricey (at least from the perspective of this Georgia boy)
Foothills is pretty good - an above average brewpub with solid beers all around.
11-02-2010 18:39:17 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
As you walk in you see a large open area with plenty of tables and booths. There is an upstairs area, I am not sure what is up there as it was closed when we visited. There is also a bar area that has several tables and a view of the brewing area. The actual bar area is very nice with lots of woodwork.
The wait staff seemed to be quite attentive, and knowledgable about the available beers. Service was quick enough, and we never seemed to have an empty glass. They do not seem to pay too much attention to serving beer in proper glassware.
They had about 5 or 6 beers to choose from (only a couple of which I found above average), and they appear to have a full bar. The menu is standard pub fare, not terribly interesting. I had the grilled portobello sandwich and fries, my wife had the club sandwich and mac-n-cheese. The food was decent, but uninspired.
Overall the place was decent, but I found it to be a little pricey for what it is.
07-16-2011 22:00:19 |
More by CBlack85
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
A fair eatery and a must for the craft beer aficionado if one is in town or that part of NC.
The brewery-pub offers a modern if a bit cold large space split by a second floor and a long bar to the left of the locale before the area of the fermentation tanks starts.
While the food felt a bit perfunctory, all kinds of decent but a bit forgettable, the brews were quite notable. I still don´t think this is that extraordinary a brewery but I was not disappointed at all. And I would love to revisit should I be around those parts. They essentially offer their brews, Foothills, in addition to Carolina Blonde and Cottonwood, which now they also represent. Had a chance to try several of their ales, including the last keg of their original Sexual Chocolate, which I was very pleased to still see around. Good quality point, nice prices, with growlers, bombers, and merchandise to go.
Staff was correct and diligent, more so when I went there on my own the first time late after finishing a day of work. The second one I brought a large work group for dinner and the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed, but it sorta worked out in the end.
02-20-2012 23:48:38 |
More by Daniellobo
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
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