For the second year in a row, April is officially Beer Month here in North Carolina and we’re celebrating all things beer. Come explore all of the unique offerings in High Point and around the Piedmont Triad, in one of the best states for craft brewing.
As you may or may not know, North Carolina is for beer lovers. Here in the Piedmont Triad, we are famous for beers with an urban flair, while the mountains have craft breweries and the breweries on the coast have character. Statewide there are at least 100 breweries. Our state is in the top three for the total number of breweries along with Pennsylvania and Texas.
Many of our local beers have unique and exceptional flavors, they’ve won medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Check out the list below for some exciting local offerings on tap.
David Armstrong and his knowledgeable staff will welcome you at The Brewer’s Kettle. This is not a store, it’s an experience. There are more than 400 beers in stock and more than 200 wines, meads, and sakes to try. They serve 13 drafts and wine by the glass at their full service bar where you will also find a fine sampling of cigars. The Beer Advocate gave The Brewer’s Kettle a 97 rating. They have beer and wine tastings regularly so be sure to follow them.
If you are visiting in February, you have to sample Foot Hills Brewery’s Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout. This brew has hints of espresso, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit, which is very mysterious and will leave you wanting more! It’s only available in February on site so plan accordingly. Find out more.
Interested in souvenirs and gifts? Visit Potent Potables. They have an array of unique gifts, wine, and beer. Be sure to stay to sample the tap of the day, work in a game, and listen to the live music. The event schedule can be found here.
The Claddagh Restaurant and Pub also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy your brew and Irish dish on the covered and heated patio. Click here to learn more.
If you have not dined at one of High Point’s many “Blue” establishments, then here is your chance to try Blue Rock Pizza and Tap. This is not your standard pizzeria. With more than 30 toppings, 10 cheeses and five sauces, you cannot go wrong. They have 19 specialty pizzas including Mexicali Blues, Trippin’ Billies, and Ball of Confusion, just to name a few. Gluten free options are also available. Pair the perfect brew with your favorite pie. They have 20 beers on tap and 50 bottles in stock. Become a fan!
It’s 3 p.m. on Friday. That’s the perfect time to tour the Red Oak Brewery. Red Oak is the oldest operating brewery in the Piedmont Triad. Tours are $15 and require no reservation. Samples and a tasting glass are included in the tour. The list of beers can be found here.
The Tavern in Old Salem features craft and draft beers in a Moravian setting. The food is locally grown and the setting is intimate. Rumor has it that George Washington spent the night here. There is beautiful outdoor seating to enjoy an afternoon of sipping. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Get all the information on their Facebook Page.
End your evening at Natty Greene’s sampling the favorites – BuckShot, Guilford, and Full Moon. On the last Tuesday of every month, they offer a beer class from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The class is $10 and you get to sample three beers and get instructions about how they are made. Their menu covers all the bases from burgers to salad and barbecue, as well as everything in between. Upstairs has ample seating areas and pool tables. Find out more!
Just one more for the road! Pick up a six pack at Bestway. From the outside, you would think it’s just a typical college grocery store nestled between Lindley Park and UNCG. Step foot inside and it is beertopia. They have 999 beers to choose from and have earned a 100 World Class Rating from Beer Advocate. It’s open from 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Monday – Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. You can find the beer list here.
For more information about breweries in the Piedmont Triad area contact Melody Burnett at the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau at 336.884.5255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.