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Foothills Brewing Company
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 5,337
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
638 W. 4th Street
phone: (336) 777-3348
(Place added by: Loki)
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| Reviews: 91 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I seriously cannot believe I have never reviewed foothills. This literally astounds me. I have been to this place countless times, most recently for all the SC releases and again today. Wonderful layout with a cool upstairs lounge area and many tables with a long bar down stairs. Fantastic food, seriously one of the best places you could ever eat and that is no joke. Great beer always on tap and one of the most friendly staffs you could ever ask to be around. Hands down one of the best breweries in the land. You cannot go wrong here.
04-23-2010 00:52:19 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited Foothills for the release of Olde Rabbit's Foot in December 2009. It seems to be managed by very cool people, they showed empathy for those waiting in line by allowing bathroom stops before opening (all morning) and providing free coffee.
The establishment layout looks mainly like a restaurant. Plenty of tables throughout, with a bar along the left wall in the middle, maybe 10 taps? A good selection of standards, an IPA (Hoppyum), a stout (Total Eclipse), a pale ale (Pilot Mountain), and so on. Also Olde Hickory BA Hickory Stout for the release party, which was nice.
All I'd ever tried previously from Foothills was Sexual Chocolate and Hoppyum, the quality of which proved to me that beer is their strong suit (despite the restaurant feel of the place).
A very good brewpub, and a no-brainer if you're in Winston-Salem. Interestingly I didn't see anyone smoking inside despite the city's infamy in the tobacco world. Maybe it's been regulated out of public spaces even here.
12-14-2009 02:31:00 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made a stop for lunch between Phish shows in Raleigh and Charlotte in early July 2010.
Had pretty high expectations given the high BA rating and the Sexual Chocolate reputation.
Sat outside on the sidewalk cafe on an amazing 84 degree no humidity day in early July in NC (100 degrees and high humidity the week prior)
Began with a sampler of all taps - about 10 4 oz pours which was a bit too much for me. Some varieties that I don't need like a session blond and brown. Across the board, the beers were all good. I was a bit dissapointed with the IIPA. It was a bit muddy and lacked the light body that I enjoy for that style. The porter stood out for me. Nice malt profile ande it has time to adjust to room temp by the time I got to it.
I had the Cuban and my friend had a burger. Food was very good unless you're like my friend and prefer Heinz over homemade ketchup.
Historic building in the city center with a spacious interior. Bar looked like a great place to hang out except they had the World Cup on and the "ZZZ" noisemakers would have driven me crazy.
07-06-2010 22:28:36 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I stopped in for lunch while passing through Winston-Salem with the family.
I was immediately impressed by the appearance. It started with the front of the building and their outdoor seating on the sidewalk. And it only got better inside. The front room is very large and spacious with a high ceiling, exposed brick walls and well worn wood floors. They really made great use of the existing structure. The back room contains a large and attractive bar and additional seating.
They had six regulars and two seasonals on tap. I went with a Hoppyum IPA, a Seeing Double IPA and a Total Eclipse Stout. The Hoppyum was outstanding, the Seeing Double was very good and the stout was OK. I get them in the Triangle but it was nice to have them as fresh as can be. My only criticism of the beer is that it was served too cold for such good ales.
The only real downside for me was the food. It was pretty good but I thought it was expensive for what you got. We started with an appetizers which sounded good but was little more than a small amount of ordinary chips and dip for $6. I thought my burger was reasonable but my wife's $12.99 pizza and my daughter's $9.99 salad seemed quite overpriced based on the portions. The thing that really got me though was $3 each for a kids milk or orange juice. Combined with the $4.99 grilled cheese on the kid's menu, it cost $7.99 for my four year old's lunch.
I'd certainly go back to Foothills for the beer and the atmosphere but I'd be careful on the food (especially with a family). That's where they get you.
04-06-2009 00:59:56 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped here for Olde Rabbits Foot day. Beers did not disappoint, and the locals were very kind to this cheesehead. Even allowed a tasting and locals and brewery people alike were into trading. In a nice part of town, and nice facility. Did I mention this was a friendly pub with good beer? Prices on some beers are a little high but sometimes you pay extra for quality. I also was able to try pretty much everything I wanted including Sexual Chocolate, and then at the end one man from the brewery gave me a bottle of the barrel aged edition. How awesome is that?
01-05-2011 04:28:00 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Review from recent visit on 2/21/08.
Large wide open front room with 20 plus tables and booths. A nice dark bar area with a very beautiful old fashion wooden barback. In addition an inviting upstairs area.
The quality of all of the brews are of a high standard. I have never had anything poorly done here.
10+ beers (didnt count to make sure) on tap. A very nice selection to keep geeks happy...and Sexual Chocolate AND Seeing Double IPA on tap so how can you complain!
Our server, Stephen, was excellant. He was very pleasant, prompt and chatty...without being annoying! I applaud his service....plus we got an opportunity to chat with brewer/owner Jamie for over 20 minutes...as he sat at our table and shot the shit!
I had a nicely done Cuban Pork Sandwich. Plenty of food with the addition of some really great french fries. The wife had a very lovely dark green salad with fresh goat cheese and other "stuff"!
Good prices on beer and food...certainly not a wallet buster!
02-26-2008 22:23:14 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After 6.5 hrs of driving it was time for a pitt stop, and this was a nice way to break up my recent drive to Myrtle Beach from the great Pittsburgh area. Stopped in on a Sunday night around 1 am to a packed bar side full of post film fest folks. It happened to be growler nite and I was there for at least a couple of 'em. Tried to flight of tasters, nothing overwhelmed me. However, the Hopyium IPA and the People's Porter I felt were pretty growler worthy for the beach, Seeing Double IPA was tasty but I didn't see my chances surviving condo stay from the 11th floor if I were seeing double. Atmosphere was warm bright modern yet classic if with a alot of wood and well placed lighting. Dining area in the front was done for the night, bar area was pretty huge a whole other room with brewing equipment visible through the glass. No food pure and simple growler fill stop but worth definitely worth my time, on the way back home I'm trying to sell this as a meal stop. Bartender gave me some beer chatter about barrel aged beers on the horizon with Duck Rabbit collaborators. And filled my growlers masterfully, and added in that discount on the growler night. Had to use their growlers but they are solid and brown, no problem but five bucks for empties plus 9 regularly for the brew come on. I did two and it was 26 plus a pint glass purchase for the room.
08-13-2009 06:58:38 |
More by WVbeergeek
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