“Head for the Hills” My Trip to Foothills Brewing Company by Lee Salawich
Whenever I travel, I always sample local beer, whether at a brewery, brewpub, or in bottles or cans. One of the purposes of a recent trip was to check out the Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.
The true purpose of the trip was to attend the Durham Bulls game commemorating the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release in June 1988. With Winston-Salem only 90 minutes away, and the Tattoo Archives Museum on the same block as Foothills, how could I not combine three of my favorite things, baseball, beer, and ink?
Winston-Salem is a fun, artsy city of over 230,000 people with a downtown that was hopping on Saturday night. All of the restaurants were abuzz, many have outdoor seating adding to the festive environment. Foothills is no exception; I was happy to be seated at one of the few outside tables.
When it comes to beer, the hoppier the better and I’m still on the IPA kick. I sampled three, the Cottonwood Endo, Hoppyum, and Jade. All three are golden in color, have minimal heads, and nice carbonation.
The Cottonwood Endo is the smoothest of the three, more like an ale than an IPA with an IBU of 66. Endo is made with Cascade, Magnum, and Chinook hops. The Hoppyum is slightly more bitter, the IBU is 70, and heavy on Simcoe hops. Both are sessionable, with 6 and 6.2 ABV’s, respectively.
The Jade was, by far, the best of the three, with Pacific Jade hops, hence the name. Jade has a more citrusy taste with a nice bitter finish and smooth, balanced flavors. The IBU is 86 and at 7.4 ABV a tad too strong for me to call it a session beer. All three are significantly better when consumed cold, not an easy thing to do when dining outside in 90+ degree heat!
Next time you’re in central North Carolina, head for the Hills, you’ll be glad you did!