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Picking A New Pumpkin

OK, let’s get this out of the way right up front . . . this is NOT the time of year to be thinking about pumpkin beer.

And we’re aware (as you are) that seasonal creep has become a thing in craft beer when it comes to fall favorites like pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest lagers.

THAT SAID . . . we’re pretty excited about what we have in store for you once it’s pumpkin ale season again. Because we’ll be moving our Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale under the Foothills name, and be offering it as (drum roll please) . . . Foothills Pumpkin Ale! Same great beer, just a different label. And maybe some cool t-shirts.

Speaking of that new label, here’s your first look:

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We now return you to your summer drinking pleasures. BUT . . . as the end of summer looms, start looking for Foothills Pumpkin Ale!

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate 2018

 

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2017 BBA Chocolate (2)

Hey, don’t get us wrong. We love summertime. Poolside afternoons with a cold pint or two, baseball games with a cold pint or two, summer vacations with a . . . well, you get the idea.

But here at Foothills, though we love summer, this time of year tends to get us gazing longingly at the calendar, towards the end of summer . . . and the annual release of  Bourbon Barrel Sexual Chocolate.

This year’s event date has been set . . . Saturday August 25. As always, we’ll have our bottle share party the night before — which this year will move to our brand new event space next door to the pub, Footnote.

We’ve got some other fun stuff in the works, We’ll have more event details in the coming month – for now, mark your calendars for the last weekend in August, and join us for the release of Bourbon Barrel Sexual Chocolate Release 2018!

 

 


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Resurrecting Dead and Berried

beer-thumbnails-deadberriedWe have a Russian Imperial Stout that’s kind of made a name for itself. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Back in September 2016, we introduced a different imperial stout – a rather potent companion to Sexual Chocolate called Dead & Berried. Brewed with blackberries and aged in bourbon barrels, it became pretty popular. Like, instantly.

Ever since then we’ve fielded fairly steady inquiries from you, our ever-faithful, ever-thirsty beer drinking public, on when we’d be making more Dead & Berried.

Well — your wait is over.

We’ve had a batch of the beer aging in bourbon barrels for a few months now, and it’s time to take it out. And drink it.

That’s not the only good news. We’re also bottling it. For the first time ever.

The draft will go on sale at the pub, Footnote and our tasting room at 4pm on Friday April 13. The bottles (22-oz. bombers) will go on sale the following day, Saturday April 14, at the pub and tasting room at 11am. Bottle limit will be established day of sale but will not be less than a case.

So mark your calendars for the resurrection of Dead & Berried – and stay tuned to our social media channels for more information on release events!

UPDATE: check out the Spring Halloween party the pub is throwing

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HopSwap Beer List

HopSwap18_medal_CS6If you’re looking forward to running, great.

If you’re looking forward to the beer, even better.

The 2018 HopSwap Half Marathon/5K and FREE Block Party has a killer craft beer lineup. Here’s who’s coming and what they’re pouring:

Foothills – Craft Happiness IPA Project-Create, Pilot Mountain Pale Ale, People’s Porter

Brown Truck – Fainting Goats Spirits Saison

Four Saints – Omie Blonde, Chilly Bin New Zealand IPA

Joymongers – Blood Orange Session IPA, Kolsch

Preyer – Passionfruit Milkshake IPA, Miso Gose

Natty Greene’s – TBA

Hoots – Gashopper IPA, Wheelbite Wheat

Fiddlin’ Fish – Camel City Session IPA, Major Winston’s Wheat

Wise Man – Mountain Calling West Coast IPA, Chasing Happiness Hefeweizen, Dancing Problems English Brown

Wooden Robot – What He’s Having, What She’s Having

Legion – Beauty and the Beets Beet/Orange Saison, Gaze of Eternity NE IPA

Koi Pond – Crazy Mary Banana Wit, Greenwood Session IPA, Falls Road Golden Kolsch

Quest – Makara Double IPA, Killer Bunny IPA

Besides a great race and great beer, we’ll have live music from Stereo Doll, the YMCA Kids Zone, and lots of local businesses for you to check out.

Whether you’re running, or just coming for the free block party, it’ll be a great day. Join us!


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Cheers To New Beers

Occasionally we get to introduce a new beer. Or two.

Not since we opened 13 years ago have we gotten to, all at once, introduce three.

But this spring afforded us that opportunity. We have ‘re-imagined’ Carolina Blonde and Carolina Strawberry, using those mainstays to inspire two new additions to our year-round cast of core beers.

We’re also adding a ‘malternative’ beer to our traditionally hoppy roster.

Here’s the lowdown on our new lineup:

Thousand Smiles logoTHOUSAND SMILES GOLDEN ALE             ABV 4.4%
BACKSTORY: Ever heard those baseball trades where there’s “a player to be named later?” That was Carolina Blonde. When Foothills went in search of a bigger brewhouse in 2010 to put in our (then) brand new brewery, our search took us to Carolina Beer & Beverage in Mooresville NC, where Carolina Blonde was born. That brewer was getting ready to start making energy drinks instead of beer, so when we bought his brewhouse he asked us to take Carolina Blonde in the deal. We changed it from a lager-esque brew to a cream ale, added a little wheat, and it became the lightest core offering we have.
Thousand Smiles is the next generation of that offering. Light bodied, slightly malt forward, with a fuller than expected mouthfeel from the oats addition. The small amount of acidulated malt used in the brew adds balance without adding tartness. Hops are mild and subtle. A very clean, very refreshing beer.
GRAINS: Pilsner Malt, Acidulated Malt, Oats
HOPS: Apollo, Cascade
OF NOTE: the ‘Thousand Smiles’ name came to us one day while driving home listening to a Jimi Hendrix song called ‘Little Wing’: “When I’m sad, she comes to me, with a thousand smiles she gives to me free”.

Tangled VineTANGLED VINE BERRY ROSE’ ALE             ABV 4.5%
BACKSTORY: Like Carolina Blonde, Carolina Strawberry came to us in the ‘bottling line’ deal. It’s always had a bad rap; when people see ‘strawberry’ they think ‘sweet’. Truth is, this beer has always used fresh strawberry puree, which lends more of the pectin from the fruit than the fructose, and therefore has always been slightly tart instead of sweet. Our marketing director declares this his ‘lawnmower beer’ – the one that tastes best after a spring/summer day of working in the yard.
Tangled Vine will be, like Thousand Smiles, a re-imagining of this core beer. It’s a tart fruit beer made with acidulated malt, which provides a rounder, fuller character to the beer, enhancing the flavor while adding mild acidity. That malt is balanced with cranberries, sour cherries and strawberries, to create a dry, tart and eminently drinkable ale. Lively carbonation adds bubbly character, and the balanced fruit taste has just the right amount of pucker.
GRAINS: Pilsner Malt, Acidulated Malt, Oats
HOPS: Apollo
OF NOTE: Rosé Ale is a style relatively new to the craft beer world; it’s kind of a liquid link between beer and wine. Based on styles like gose, Berliner Weisse, sours and more, brewers are producing a variety of rosé-inspired beers.

Malt ShakerMALT SHAKER AMBER ALE                         ABV 5.8%
BACKSTORY: OK, so this technically isn’t a new beer – but it’s the official branding of the amber ale we’ve been producing for a few months now. It came to our attention that, while lots of you enjoy drinking Foothills beer, some of you (gasp) prefer a less hoppy alternative. So our brewmaster T.L. came up with this deliciously malty amber ale. It’s smooth, sweet and mellow – medium bodied with lots of caramel and some nuttiness.
GRAINS: Canadian 2-row Pale, Caramel 20, Caramel 60, Dark Crystal, Wheat
HOPS: Cascade, Apollo
OF NOTE: This beer won the gold medal at the 2017 North Carolina Brewer’s Cup in the amber ale category

Want to find our new beers? Check out our Beer Finder.

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HopSwap Breweries

HopSwap18_medal_CS6OK, technically it’s a half marathon and a 5K.

But really it’s an excuse to get all our brewery friends together for a big party.

On Saturday March 31st, we will once again kick off NC Beer Month with the HopSwap Half Marathon/5K.

For those of you signed up — can’t wait to see you!

For those who haven’t signed up but still want to run – there’s still time. (you can also volunteer.)

25074924_152113235558219_1717895637470804856_oFor those who think running is only for when you’re being chased — well we got you covered too.

Last year, the inaugural year of the HopSwap, we were joined at the finish line by 6 of our fellow Triad breweries, who graciously donated their time (and beer) to help out our race charity, Yadkin Riverkeeper.

Apparently word got out about how much fun this race is – because that number has doubled this year.

Counting us we will have 13, count ’em, 13 breweries awaiting all those thirsty runners (and everyone else who comes out). In addition to more Triad breweries coming, we have friends coming from as far away as Charlotte and Rocky Mount – even one from South Carolina.

From the Triad we’ll have Foothills, Brown Truck, Four SaintsJoymongers, Preyer, Natty Greene’s, Hoots, Fiddlin’ Fish, and Wise Man.

Two of our favorites from Charlotte are also coming – Wooden Robot and Legion.

Koi Pond is coming from Rocky Mount – as is Quest, all the way from Greenville South Carolina.

Yadkin Riverkeeper will be selling beer tickets ($5 each), good for a pour at any of the participating breweries.

This will be the single biggest gathering of NC breweries in the Triad during NC Beer Month. Don’t miss out!


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Our Third ‘Kid’

Footnote Logo 908x1272Maybe you have a third kid. Maybe you ARE a third kid.

If so then you know how we feel. We’re parents! Again. Footnote Cafe is officially open.

You also know that being third has its advantages. After raising the first two kids, mom and dad tend to take kind of a ‘whatever’ attitude toward parenting – resulting in the number three kid developing into a free-spirited personality. They also tend to be fun-loving, uncomplicated, and outgoing.

Ironically, that’s pretty much how we conceived (ha!) our latest space. We first told you about Footnote Cafe right here in our blog back in July  – it’s been a labor (ha! again) of love ever since.

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Let’s start with the coffee – because that’s how every day at Footnote will start. Our co-jamie roastingowners Jamie and Sarah got a coffee roaster as a wedding present when they married in 2005 (yes the reception was at the brewpub). Ever since they’ve had a passion for coffee roasting. We have our own commercial roaster – which has been experimenting with at our main brewery for a month or so now. Jamie went to coffee roasting school this summer, and has been busy putting his newfound expertise to work testing different beans and different roasts . . . the employee coffee testing program has been an unexpected but welcome perk of working at Foothills. (spoiler alert: every coffee we’ve tried has been spectacular.)

Chef Shane new kitchenMeanwhile, we set Chef Shane to work coming up with some goodies that would complement that coffee. He decided to bake all the breakfast muffins in-house, so they’ll be fresh daily. He’s also come up with a breakfast version of his ultra-popular #Shanewich, which like its brewpub counterpart will change often. Chef Shane’s also whipped up a pretty hefty ‘grab n’ go’ sandwich menu.

(btw since he’ll have a lot more catering to do Shane is getting a new expanded kitchen out of all this – hence his giddy look of anticipation)

gold rushWhile coffee will be available all day every day (Footnote will be open 7a-11p Mon-Sat, closed Sunday), we’ve also built in some fun libations to help ‘transition’ your day (hey we’re a brewery). We’ll of course have plenty of our craft beer available – 10 taps worth (though until those are installed, we’ll be serving beer out of bottles). But we’ve also put together what we think is one of the more comprehensive cocktail-slash-premium-wine-and-liquor menus in the city.  Our bar manager Nicole, who’s been experimenting for months, has created ten signature cocktails unique to Footnote, with ingredients ranging from cold brew coffee and house-made clover honey syrup to a smoldering rosemary sprig.

All that is available in a space that feels, in true ‘third kid’ fashion, free-spirited and uncomplicated. We even put a patio on both sides of the buildings for those warm Carolina afternoons and evenings. And we hope to periodically have live music.

Bottom line? Any time of day you’re looking to take a little break – or a big one – Footnote will provide a refreshingly relaxing alternative.

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But for all its virtues, the cafe is only part of Footnote. The other half of the building can be converted into one of the most versatile event spaces in downtown Winston-Salem. Two indoor garage doors can separate the space, making the perfect spot for a small gathering (complete with full a/v capabilities of course). Or, if you have a bigger shindig, we can accomodate you and 250 of your closest friends.

Footnote space

We’re hoping everyone will come by and see us now that we’re open. Whether it’s to grab a quick cup of coffee, or to pick up a book from Bookmarks next door (did we mention we’re next door to a bookstore???) and linger awhile, we look forward to seeing all our triad friends in our new place.

So come say hi to our youngest ‘kid’. We’re already pretty proud.

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