At my last visit to downtown Wake Forest in April this year, the dark wood exterior of the not yet open White Street Brewing Company starkly contrasted the orange safety cones lining the street. The safety cones still line the street but the doors to White Street Brewing opened mid September to the eager beer drinking public, who were willing to pack the bar even though bar stools and chairs were not yet available. Chairs have arrived since opening, so customers may now take a seat at tables in the brewery.
Beer on tap currently includes a Pale Ale, Scottish Ale, Black IPA, Kolsch and a limited edition Imperial Pale Ale. Two seasonal brews will be added to the line up soon. If you have a hard time deciding which beer you’d like, try a flight. When you do find your favorite, you can take a growler home.
A unique feature at White Street Brewing Company is the adjacent open brewing area. Customers will see sacks of grains stacked along the half wall partition and bright tanks gleaming under the lights. They might even catch the head brewer checking the tanks, though the larger part of brewing will be completed before hours.
Additional entertainment options at the brewery include darts, a weekly running club, and catching the game on the big screen TV (Facebook fans can vote on the NFL Sunday Ticket game they’d like to watch each week). While food is not served at the brewery, customers can place take out orders from nearby restaurants and are welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy while drinking White Street brews. One downtown restaurant, Backfins Crabhouse, recently offered to deliver to the bar. Shoppers can pick up a jar of Bertie County peanuts at the North Carolina General Store, just a few doors down White Street. Cafe Prost pretzel food truck has parked nearby on occasion (appropriately permitted food trucks can contact Wake Forest town hall for information regarding food trucks regulations in the town). Ever try a beer float? Lumpy’s Ice Cream shop is a short walk from the brewery and sells to go pints too. I might have to experiment with some beer – ice combinations myself.
South White Street in downtown Wake Forest has been under going some street and sidewalk improvements over the last few months. Sections of the streetscape changes are complete and when I visited, curbing was being poured directly in front of White Street Brewing Company. Though visitors may have to negotiate a few sidewalk detours and safety cones for the next few weeks, there can be rewards for overcoming that challenge. Wake Forest downtown has issued a “South White Street Survival Challenge” encouraging us to shop at downtown merchants, spending $10 at ten participating businesses through October 31st for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize basket. Find full details about the challenge at the Downtown Wake Forest Facebook event page here.
Ready to pay a visit to downtown Wake Forest? This coming Friday might be the perfect opportunity to explore South White Street during the monthly second Friday event, Art After Hours when charming shops and art galleries stay open late to welcome visitors. And now, so does a local craft beer brewery.