Bull City? Beer city.
We brew it, sell it, and drink it (responsibly) here. With dozens of local breweries, bottle shops and craft beer-conscious bars and restaurants, you won’t need to settle for an uninspiring beverage. Naturally, Durham is also home to the annual World Beer Festival. If you're looking for a thriving local beer scene, Durham is the place.
Durham's local breweries ensure that connoisseurs have plenty to explore while they're in town:
- Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending, located in the Research Triangle Park area, this brewery produces 100 percent oak fermented sour and wild ales that are barrel-aged with lots of fresh fruit, which marries local terroir with aggressive flavor profiles.
- Bull City Burger and Brewery pairs an emphasis on local agriculture and grass-fed beef with a serious taste for beer. At Durham’s oldest brewpub, local pride prevails in beers like the Parish Street Pale Ale. You can also find their beers at their sister restaurant, Pompieri Pizza. Tours are available most Saturdays.
- Bull Durham Beer Co. connects with fans of beer and baseball. The brewery is the home base for one of the first breweries in the country located inside a professional sports stadium. The beer is brewed at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and is available for sale during games and at local bottle shops. It’s nothing less than a home run.
- Durty Bull Brewing Company has a 6,000 square foot, 15-barrel production brewery and tasting room in Downtown Durham. They age many of their beers in oak foeders, bourbon barrels and wine barrels and feature an extensive sour beer program.
- Fullsteam Brewery aims to make "distinctively Southern beer," often partnering with other local businesses and sourcing their ingredients from nearby farms or local foragers. Brews like Carver, a sweet potato lager, show what these folks are about. Enjoy one in their popular tavern or take a tour.
- Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt consists of 8,844 square feet of interior space, as well as a 1,678 square foot outdoor covered patio and beer garden. Game and activity heavy, featuring full-sized shuffleboard courts, soccer pool tables, ping pong, and more, the bar’s 24 taps feature year-round, seasonal, specialty, sour, and one-offs, as well as wine, local cider, and guest taps from neighboring breweries.
- Ponysaurus Brewing describes their mission as: "the beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer." If that doesn't make sense quite yet, try their Fig Saison Ale or Scottish Ale to see what they mean. Visit their East Durham brewery and taproom and tour the 6,000 square foot facility. You can even rent one of the brewery’s outdoor grills in the warmer months to pair your beer with smoky food. It’s a fun activity for the whole family.
- Starpoint Brewing has partnered with Beer Study to open a dog-friendly bottle shop and brewery in the Rockwood neighborhood. Sample beer from their 38 taps, including Starpoint brewed from the facility out back, and stay to play old school arcade games.
- The Glass Jug is a popular craft brewery, bar, and beer and wine bottle shop located in south Durham. The beers brewed on site are often one-off experimental batches, which you’ll need to visit to try.