Carolina Brewery

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Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(919) 942-1800 | map

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 58
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So my sister and I were walking around downtown Chapel Hill, killing a day before my cousin's wedding and came across this little place on Franklin Street.
After some cajoling on my part, we entered and sat at the bar. A rather industrial looking place, if I do say so, with the mash tun, boil kettles, and fermenters featured prominently beind the bar.
We both ordered the beer sampler and were quite surprised when the waitress brought us a rack of 7 4-or-so-ounce samples (I believe they were the Kolsch, IPA, Octoberfest, belgian-style, and a few others I can't remember at the moment).
As we got halfway through our samples, the hop-bitterness and the fact that neither of us had had anything to eat all day got to us and we ordered us up a plate of nachos. While the nachos took a long time (around 15 minutes to arrive), they were excellent.
The beer is quite good, although I really didn't like their Funky Monk Belgian Ale, which I found VERY bitter for a belgian.
This is certainly a place that I could see myself returning to if I had a chance.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The establishment is broken into two floors. The upstairs has party rooms and extra dinning area that allows for more intimate interactions with fellow diners. The downstairs is normally very pleasant just a bit noisier.

Good beer and really good food at decent prices make it unreasonable not to check out the Carolina Brewery.

The only downside to this establishment is that their service is good but nothing outstanding. Most times that I visit I have been with larger groups of people in the 7-9 range. So it is understandable when a beer is forgotten every so often, no one is going to die waiting an extra few minutes for a beer.

The have their standard beer fare with their rotating offerings, the point of my most recent trip was to try their first ever IPA. The beers I find to be good overall with some shinning stars like their new IPA.

The food is quite good, most of the food follows the standard pub fare. Each meal I have enjoyed quite a bit, deserts are not to be missed.

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Photo of Stoo333
4/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I recently visited here for the first time with a few other NC BAs. The street it's on is usually busy, but parking for Carolina Brewery is available around back.

There was a good bit of room inside, with a very visible list of the beers they had available that day. TVs are all around for people to watch various sporting events.

I tried their altbier which was enjoyable, and their oatmeal porter which was outstanding. I wouldn't hesitate to have either again...especially the porter. They had about 4 other beers available that day including an amber ale and a belgian style beer. I'm interested in trying the others they have available after sampling the porter and the alt.

The food was good, as was the service. They had no trouble moving tables together so all of us could sit together. I look forward to the next time I get the opportunity to return.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Fellow BA AKSmokedPorter and I hit this place on the way to the Pop The Cap get-together in Raleigh. Located in beautiful Chapel Hill, this brewery has 6 beers on tap. I'm assuming several are fixture beers and some are seasonal. Large, rectangular boards hang from the ceiling displaying the beers currently on-tap. The other boards hang over the bar so you can see most (if not all) of the beers they brew. There are two levels to this place. The downstairs level (surprisingly enough) is non-smoking, which is a plus in my book. There are numerous booths along the right wall, with the left wall being taken up by the brewing equipment (no glass to separate you from the vessels) and the ?granite? bar. About 20 seats at the bar. Very "open" feeling, and I'm sure they pack this place on the weekends. Everything looks very new and clean.

Beer-wise, the 6 selections offer a broad range of selections, from the lager to the amber ale to the stout. A 6-beer sampler can be tried to see what you'll settle down with. Prices for the beer are good at $3.75 and I would assume they have all sorts of specials during the week to entice the thirsty students. Growlers and kegs are available to go (to have THAT available when I was in college!). Beers are fresh and tasty.

Service was OK. The bartender was also running the outside tables as well and checked in on us once or twice. No long-lasting discussions about beer were had.

The food looked good. I had a pizza that was so-so. But, as others have said, it's the beer you come here for.

Overall, a great place for a college campus. We saw at least 3 kegs picked up during our hour visit and I would assume this is a pretty popular place for the younger crowd. The non-smoking feature is just an added bonus. Worth checking out if you are able.

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Photo of beerinator
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

If you must visit a taproom in Chapel Hill, this is the one to try. The food is American style, with burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza and a NC style pulled pork barbeque on the menu. The service is usually good, but usually not great.

The downstairs, where the bar is, has a smoking section, but the upstairs is all smoke free. This is good and bad. I usually like to drink and eat at the bar, but you have to keep your smoking patrons happy too.

One of the coolest things about this place is their commitment to UNC athletics. If you are catching a home game either basketball or football, hit the Brewery an hour or two before the game. If you buy anything (even just one beer) they will give you a ride to the event on a bus that travels to the game and back. You don't have to worry about parking and riding. And you have a sober driver!

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Photo of fattychubs
3.48/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Good atmosphere, very welcoming, modern and clean, yet not a cookie cutter or chain feel, styles of beer are written on the walls and are good for beer conversation. Somewhat dimly lit, we sat in a comfortable booth on a wall opposite a long bar. About 6 beers on tap, however the most disappointing part of the visit they didn't have a sampler available. They said they were losing too many of the little glasses, I will have to check back.

Beer I tried was very respectable, I got to try a pint of their MaiBock, which was solid and also tried a decent Amber. I generally get hamburgers, and the one here was slightly above average, but nothing great. My wife really liked her vegetable stromboli though.

Pints were $3.75. I am in the area so I think I am going to head back on a Tuesday where pints are $2.50 or you can keep the glass for $4. Hopefully they will have samplers again.

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Photo of philipt
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Best brewpub in Chapel Hill. The best largely in part to the beer, selection, and atmosphere. Carolina brewery has a jumbo sized stone/concrete bar with plenty of sitting around it. The brewing is done right behind the bar (no glass dividers here); you almost feel like part of the process if you're there when brewing. The food is rather ordinary for a brewpub -- sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and pasta to name a few. The beer is the main draw. Carolina Brewery brews a large variety of beers throughout the year. Try the IPA if its on tap. The service was nothing better than average. Also, don't forget a growler of your favorite brew when you leave.

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Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC
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