By Anne Glenn
The local craft beer scene just keeps getting better in Winston-Salem. With so many options, here are 5 of our favorite places, where you’re guaranteed to have a good time and drink good beer. (And make sure to follow us on social media @bestofwinston for more inside info on the local food and drink front!)
- Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co.
Located on Trade Street at the border of Industry Hill is Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co. This family owned and operated brewery quickly gained a fanbase for its laid back, outdoorsy vibe, cute pictures of dogs in its taproom on Instagram, and its beer (of course!). Favorite beers include That Fish Cray, a double New England IPA, and the Black Mountain Chocolate Stout, a beautiful match made in heaven. Fiddlin’ Fish loves community, so check out their run, bike, and book clubs that are open to all.
- Wise Man Brewing
There’s always something happening at Wise Man: trivia, music, music bingo, and more. Wise Man feels like the cornerstone of Industry Hill, bringing people together in this burgeoning neighborhood to share a drink and conversation. They are constantly rotating out and coming up with new varieties of beer, but perennial favorites include Mountain Calling, an American IPA, Body Electric, a double New England IPA, and Outraged Daughters, an Irish-style red ale (it’s harder to find but worth the effort when you do!). The frosé slushies are pretty great, too, for the non-beer drinkers in your group.
- Radar Brewing Company
Right up the street from Wise Man is one of the newer breweries in town, Radar Brewing. With easy parking and a large outdoor patio, Radar attracts a large after-work crowd looking to wind down before dinner. They offer nightly food trucks and live music almost every Friday and Saturday night. While Radar currently does not make as many varieties as other breweries yet, it’s known for its Harmony Gose and rotating seasonal offerings.
- Incendiary Brewing Company
Now with two locations, one in Winston-Salem and one in Lewisville, Incendiary is certainly on fire. Incendiary helped to jump start the area of Innovation Quarter known as the Coal Pit in 2018, and now it’s hard to find an empty seat on a sunny Saturday afternoon there. The Coal Pit attracts families because of its open layout and enclosed space, but the beer at Incendiary is still the star of the show. The selection rotates frequently, but we especially love their lagers, like Solemnity, a German-style Helles lager. Incendiary is also a big part of the local music scene, with concerts at both locations several days a week and larger concerts during the warmer months in the Coal Pit. If you’ve never been, put Incendiary at the top of your list to visit as soon as possible.
- Lesser-Known Beer Co.
As the newest brewery in town, Lesser-Known is already making a name for itself. Appropriately located near Old Salem on Broad Street, this brewery is focused on beer styles that are less widely known and appreciated. Be adventurous and try Lomax, a Bavarian-Inspired Schankbier, that is poured directly from a horizontal tank like you might see in Germany. The taproom is cozier than the standard brewery and feels closer to a café setting, perfect for a smaller gathering or tête-à-tête. With more limited hours currently, make sure you check their schedule before heading for a visit.