Cheers to the Beers Trail
The Brewer's Kettle opens at 11 a.m. and is a great stop after brunch. David Armstrong, the owner, and his knowledgeable staff will welcome you to the retail shop. It's not a store, it's an experience! There are over 500 beers in stock and over 200 wines, meads, and sakes to try. They serve 20 drafts and wine by the glass at their full service bar that includes a fine sampling of cigars. The Beer Advocate gave them a 97 rating. They have beer and wine tastings regularly so be sure to follow them on Facebook.
If you have not dined at a "Blue" establishment, then here is your chance to try Blue Rock Pizza and Tap. This is not your standard pizzeria. With over 30 toppings, 10 cheeses and 5 sauces, you cannot go wrong. They have 19 specialty pizzas including "Stairway to Freebird", "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 & tap. They have 20 beers on tap and 50 bottles in stock.
Interested in souvenirs and gifts? Visit Potent Potables. They have an array of unique gifts, wine, and beer. Be sure to sample the tap of the day, work in a game, and stay for live music.
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.
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 there! There is beautiful outdoor seating for enjoying an afternoon of sipping. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Closed on Monday.
It's 3pm on Friday so let's tour Red Oak Brewery! Red Oak is the oldest operating brewery in the area. Tours are $15 and require no reservation. Samples and tasting glass are included in the tour. Cash only please.
End your evening at Natty Greene's sampling their favorite BuckShot, Guilford, and Full Moon. On the last Tuesday of every month, they offer a beer class from 7pm-8pm. The class is $10 and you will sample three beers and get instruction on how they are made. Their menu covers all the bases from burgers, salad, barbecue and all areas in between. Upstairs has a lot of seating areas and pool tables.