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BEER AVG
3.74/5
Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

460 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27516
United States

(919) 942-1800 | map
carolinabrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
31
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
647
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
56
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
6.35%
 
 
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0
Bottles/Cans:
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Cask:
N
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Carolina Brewery looks and smells like a brewery! Big stainless fermentors and bags of malts decorate the dimly-lit and unfinished raw-timbered interior, and bready notes of beer being born cloud the air with goodness.

Sort of a sports bar/hardcore brewery mix... nice.

Service is cordial and unobtrusive, a bit slow, but not unfriendly... the 6 homemade beers on tap are pretty good and presented in sparkling clean, room-temperature glass.

Growlers are available right at the bar, pre-filled and ready to go. The food I saw others with looked good, but I was just there for the suds!

I'll be back to this place again, if for no other reason than the beer is damned fine!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of alexliu677
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

This place is crab. They double charged us without our signature. The food is not fresh especially for those house special. The service is horrible. I will not go back to that place.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A college town is a great place for a brew pub and, as expected, the vibe here is upbeat and fun. You see both students, beer geeks, and families with children for dinner. There are two levels for dining, with lots of television screens, which might actually detract a little from the atmosphere, particularly when the news is being broadcast. The staff is friendly and attentive. I thought the food was quite good - in fact, better than I expected. It is basically upscale pub cuisine but it's fresh, well-prepared, and tasty. Being a brewery, the main attraction is the beer. It's always fun sampling beers where they are brewed and you can order either flights or full pours. The beers are okay; not world class (and I wouldn't go out of the way to purchase them in bottles or cans) but good enough for a pleasant experience of eating and drinking. I'd certainly pay a return visit to Carolina Brewery.

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Photo of deadanddreaming
3/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of curtisjoseph
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | 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. Personally I feel like it is one of the better bars in Chapel Hill since even though college students make up the main crowd you don't get the same college bar feel like you do at He's Not Here. 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!

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Photo of rhester14
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Dan_1414
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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 +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cbdouglass
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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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Photo of RyanByorick
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Highbury09
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ColdOne
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Barhoppin13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of slym
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wstein70
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of bigkingken
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC
3.74 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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