OK, so 2015 was a hard act to follow. Our 10-year anniversary party, the Decade Parade, the uber-popular #FoothillsIPAdog series . . . but 2016 held its own when it came to moments that helped shape the future of Foothills. As we turn the calendar on the first year of our second decade, here’s a look at some of our highlights this year:
The year started with an epic week of rollout parties, as we began distributing in the state of Georgia – a particularly momentous event for our owner (and UGA grad) Jamie Bartholomaus.
January also marked the debut of the successor to our IPA of the Month – the Hop of the Month program focused on selected unique hops and their flavor profiles, brewed in the style that best accentuated those flavors. Our first beer was a Vienna lager brewed with Wakatu hops from New Zealand.
Oh yeah – January also saw the 10th annual release of our Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout – complete with a new gold-tinged label, and label artist Kyle Webster on hand to sign bottles.
We took delivery on a massive (twice the size of the old one) glycol chiller, in preparation for another tank installation (and the accompanying production increase).
While our tasting room celebrated the 1-year anniversary of its opening, we celebrated NC Beer Month 2016 by initiating the #HopSwap – a way for us to celebrate and support the small independent craft brewers in our state. Every week we visited a brewer in a different region of North Carolina, all with under 5,000 barrels of production annually, and swapped kegs with them, putting their beers on tap in our tasting room (first time we’ve ever done that). That program has inspired a half-marathon/5K we’re hosting this April at our downtown brewpub in Winston-Salem.
We also took time to install three huge 400 BBL fermenters and a 400 BBL bright tank – part of the aforementioned production increase that saw our beer output capabilities jump by 41%.
May saw the first-ever meeting of our Foot Soldier Run Club – and it’s met every single Wednesday ever since.
Off we went to West Virginia – the 6th state in which we now distribute beer. Enjoyed some heavenly scenery . . .
. . . and met a few of the locals.
Another successful FloydFest partnership! this time with our very own party deck.
We introduced our first new stout in quite awhile – Dead & Berried, an American Imperial Stout made with oregon blackberries. Its presence in our pub and tasting room was understandably short-lived.
We made more Moravian Porter than ever – and it sold out faster than ever. Just introduced two years ago, this beer has quickly become a Triad holiday staple. And this year it even came in gift boxes paired with Moravian cookies.
We brewed our last-ever Hop of the Month beer – a Simcoe Double IPA. That series will be replaced by a new monthly series in 2017 – we’ll announce that the first week of January.
Here’s to cheers and new beers in 2017!