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Carolina Brewery

Not Rated.
Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery
Based on:
28 Beers
586 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 29
Visits: 51
Avg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

460 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27516
United States
phone: (919) 942-1800

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 51
Reviews by nickd717:
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a rather prominent spot on the main strip of Chapel Hill, a ways down from the main bar area towards Carrboro. It's got a pretty nice feel inside, with a spacious bar/restaurant area and visible (and audible even) fermenters behind the bar. It was a very relaxing spot to spend the afternoon of Presidents' Day, and there are a couple tables outside. It seems like a good place to watch a game, with multiple TVs, but as a Duke fan, I'd like to be somewhere other than Chapel Hill if we're talking college sports.

The quality of the beer here is only average. Don't expect anything that will blow you away, and don't come here if you are looking to sample the best brews of the area. I found some of their beers to have somewhat of a cardboard note to them, and while some of them were above average, none of them were great. I was able to get 7 ticks in here, so you're not going to be stuck with just a few options.

The food here is pretty average, not that I had a lot of it. Prices are very reasonable and service is great based on my experience.

Overall, a nice place. Maybe not a beer geek's paradise, but hey, everyone likes to get a few ticks in, right?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rhester14
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Dan_1414
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Beer was ok but not great

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Photo of jshusc
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cbdouglass
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Stop #433 on my world brewery tour.

Right on the main drag of the UNC campus night life.

Long bar with access to big TV's. So bright it might detract if that's not your thing.

I had the small batch flight - Bohemian Pils, Super Saaz Imperial Pilsner, Octoberfest, Stout, Black IPA, Imperial Stout.

All beers were very well done. The black IPA was a bit to roasty and not hoppy enough.

Lots of other beers to choose from and I went with a pint of their IPA which was nice.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of bigkingken
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The first time I sat down in Carolina Brewery in downtown Chapel Hill, I wasn’t expecting much. The only offering I’d had of their wares was the blonde, which is basically a Bud—tough to judge a brewery’s worth from that American staple. I shared a couple of samplers and went home, not blown away, but certainly not disappointed either.

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m not living in Chapel Hill and Carolina Brewery is the closest brewpub to the place I call home. Needless to say, I’ve been back several times since moving in, and although this isn’t saying much because I keep living in tiny town, it is the best brewpub I’ve ever been able to call a home spot.

First of all, I enjoy the variety they provide. There’s always six staples on tap and at least another six seasonal or small-batch brews available as well. And to make things better, most of those rotating handles are high gravity. Double pilsners, strong Christmas ales, Belgian triples, and even double wheats fill their taps. And they’re all very good, though few come close to what I would consider great.

One of those that does, however, is their Hell’s Bells Dopplebock. It extremely potent and extremely rich and smooth – it is, in short, everything that I want in my favorite style of beer. I came back often while they still had this one on tap.

Next on the list of strengths is the location. It’s right downtown on the better side of Franklin Street, and there’s a ton of space inside. It’s a bit modern for my tastes, with a lot of metal and railings and stairs and what not, but it is clean and not over decorated. Although why they have an upstairs is beyond me – I’ve never even seen the downstairs full. And the television situation could use some improvements; they have plenty, but they don’t have a bunch together in one spot.

As for the food, I’ve only eaten there once. It was their late night menu and limited, but still looked pretty appetizing. The end result didn’t quite live up to the promise of the menu’s description. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it also was not something I would ever crave. If I’m there for some drinks and I’m hungry, I wouldn’t hesitate to order some grub, but the food by itself would not draw me on the premises.

Finally, the service doesn’t suck, but they don’t seem knowledgeable about beer, either. And I’m not just talking about their own beers, I mean beer in general. A lot look like college kids who are still hammering home the Beast on the weekends.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.