Carolina Brewery

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3.63 w/ 110 ratings
Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100
Pittsboro, North Carolina, 27312
United States

(919) 545-2330 | map

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Added by MuddyFeet on 08-19-2007

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of aleman21
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

It's my local. Great beer and food with really helpful staff. My favorite local IPA is here. They need a bigger bar though.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

There are currently two locations for Carolina Brewery, the original in Chapel Hill and a new building in nearby Pittsboro. Both are for the most part identical apart although I personally feel the vibe of the Pittsboro location is a little better as the brewery is less crowded than its original location on Franklin Street which is heavily frequented by students from UNC. The quality of the beer and food is pretty great, but personally I am not a huge fan of their beer selection. If I am not eating food I will typically go to drink at the local bar in Pittsboro where I can get some pretty decent craft beers. When I do visit Carolina Brewery, I tend to stick to their Sky Blue or Copperline which are both average beers but nothing particularly impressive. Honestly, I go here more for food than anything, pairing their beer with their nachos and quesadillas is so much better than drinking it alone. Even if you are prefer meat, I highly the black bean option which is cheaper and still tastes incredible with their beer!

Definitely biased towards this location as it is close to where I worked for the summer and we frequented it often after shift, I always try and stop by when i'm in town and am never disappointed.

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Photo of JonSchwartz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of edentonbill
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Enjoyed draft at On The Square Tarboro NC. Very good mouthfeel, excellent carbonation.

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Photo of Dan_C
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of slym
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of thehooksman
4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

With locations in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, I was drawn to Pittsboro. Both are equidistant from me, but I'd much rather not go down town. The Pittsboro location is pretty much out in the country. The menu is standard american fare and has just about anything you might have a hankering for. My wife and I both had the local beef burger which was delicious. If you order a specialty, the menu recommends the beer pairing. There aren't a lot of beers on tap (some regulars and a couple seasonal) but most are good. I was offered free samples to help me decide which I would like for a second beer. From the outside the place is beautiful. The inside is very simplistic and somewhat vacuous due to the open ceiling and exposed duct work, etc. But it's still nice enough.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in an easy to find strip shopping area on the south side of a Lowe's hardware.

Large bar area, with extremely high ceilings. Counter height tables and booths dominate the seating. Large restaurant area as well with normal height tables. Large outdoor seating areas as well. Bar can get loud with the heigh ceilings. 3 tvs all tuned to the same sporting event.

6 beers on tap, ranging from their version of a lite up to a summer porter. Good representation of styles.

Service was a little slow, but we were in mid-afternoon on a Sunday. Service was very friendly and knowledgable about their products.

Menu offers a nice range of selections. Good kids menu. Cups and take-out containers are all compostable - nice touch.

Pittsboro is not really on the beaten path and I wouldn't call CB a destination. If you are on US64 going from Raleigh/Cary towards Asheboro, then you will be driving right by. Worth a stop.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited an account right next door so I wanted to come in and visit and get some computer work done. Large vacuous place with the bar to the left and the seperate dining room to the right. Large, open bar with the fermenting vessels resting conspicuously behind the bar. S shaped bar with about six tables and about ten booths scattered about.

SIx beers were on tap duering my visit: Sky Blue Golden Ale, Copperline Amber, Flagship IPA, To Hell N Bock, Alter Ego Altbier, Oatmeal Porter.

Service was a bit slow, even at nearly 2pm on Tuesday. I must have walked in at the wrong time because it took a while to receive service but the servers were fairly prompt afterward.

Didnt have food but I saw someone with a stack of onion rings that looked very good.

Today, Tuesday, the beers were $3 per pint. They also have growlers available for your enjoyment at home. This is the only place with decent beer within 20 or 30 miles so if for some reason you are stuck here, I would suggest it. Otherwise, I wouldnt necessarily recommend an "out of your way" trip.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

After several visits to the Chapel Hill location, I felt compelled this week to make the journey to Pittsboro and check out the new digs. It was easy to find; it's in a small brick plaza directly to the south of Lowe's Home Improvement at the intersection of 15-501 and 64. There is ongoing construction on the outdoor section, but it appears to be ready soon. (As if anyone's going to eat outdoors anytime soon!) Indoors, the atmosphere is very different from the Chapel Hill location: it's a more sterile feel, with off-white walls and lots of glass and sunlight. The aromas of beer brewing are absent, as the large brewery has been removed to an enclosed area behind the bar. On the positive side, there aren't any college kids here to disrupt my leisure time! The menu is the same; the food is grub pub, no more-no less. What we would tend to focus on-the beer-is essentially the same as the premiere location. On my visit (6/4/08) six varieties were available: Oatmeal Porter, Flagship IPA, Copperline Amber, Sky Blue Golden Ale, Maibock, and Circle City Wheat. The two latter beers are seasonals, while the others are year-round.

There is a gift shop adjacent to the restaurant that offer T-shirts, coffee, sandwiches, and growlers.

This is a good place to visit, especially in the Pittsboro area, which has no other beer mecca in the area. When I visited, around 1pm, there were only business and family folks having lunch, and although the place was nearly full, it certainly didn't feel that way. My opinion of "a bit pricey" relates mainly to the beer, which is $4.50 a pint and up. This seems a little high for brewpubs; I've been to many that sell their own beer for as little as $3.50 a pint.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been here twice for lunch now since the grand opening. I definitely like this location better than the one in Chapel Hill. Less of a forced-brewpub/college bar feel. This location makes me recall Boston Beerworks with clear, austere lines even though my wife commented on its clinical feel. But I still liked it and actually do prefer the feel.

The bar had 18 taps but only 6 offerings evenly distributed across all the towers. I spoke with the bartender and he sad they will eventually start offering more seasonal and specialty beers but right now are sticking with their brick and mortar beers. The bararea is large with table, booth and stools. Behind the bar are windows looking into the brewing area which is quite impressive. Six fermenters (three 465 gallons and three 600 gallons) which will help with a planned increase in keg distribution.

If you turn the corner at one end of the bar there is a dining area that is stretched across two floors (one of the reasons this place recalls Beerworks). I only poked my head over there so I am not confident enough to describe it further. Also, at the opposite end of the bar area is a door leading into a little shop that sells growlers and take-out sandwiches. I meant to check it out on both visits but forgot.

Decent enough service. They provided small samples to help me choose a growler. Same menu as the Chapel Hill location except they did not have the seasonal menu when I asked. Good burgers though and I like pub grub so I was more than happy.

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Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro, NC
Brewery rating: 34.5% out of 100 with 110 ratings
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