Small Batch: Winston-Salem’s Favorite Downtown Brewery?

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Small Batch Beer Co. opened its doors in November 2013 in downtown Winston-Salem at the former Kopper Kitchen location at Fifth and Cherry Streets. It was a nano brewery serving unique craft beers brewed on the premises one barrel at a time. They also offered carefully selected wines, bottled beers, and handcrafted cocktails.

All these years later, Small Batch has evolved into a popular brewery, bar, and restaurant. With their mantra of “Just Go For It!” they hope to tempt you with their indulgent food and ultimate drinks.

Small Batch Beer Co. & Restaurant

Photo of the outside of Small Batch round sign that says Small Batch in script font, white letters on a brown sign on top of the building. The building is grey with a darker grey awning. It has big windows in front with a neon sign that says Small Batch. There is a single door and then an outside seating area to the right. Timmy's Hot Chicken is next door. A white building with red writing on it.
Small Batch is on the corner of 5th St and Cherry St. While street parking is hard to find,
a parking garage is down Cherry St on the right, just past the building.
Photo by Kathy Solarino for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc, 2023

What It’s Like

Small Batch is a good size with a large bar, high-top tables, and picnic tables. The wood walls and a large blackboard listing their own 13 craft-brewed beers on tap give the place a warm, friendly vibe. The bartender adds to that feeling with his cordial greeting to everyone who enters, no matter how busy he is. There is an outside dining section as well.

What They Offer

Owner Tim Walker confirmed that they sell only their brews on tap. They also sell wine, hard ciders, seltzers, and PBR in cans, and they have a full bar for specialty cocktails.

The Beers

Tim noted that they have new concoctions all the time, but four brews have been with them from the beginning:

  • Lemonhead IPA
  • Hefevice
  • Percolator
  • Session Amber

Sustainable Brewing

Sustainability! We were happy to hear that the leftover hops and grains from making the beer are still being donated to a local farmer to feed his animals, as it has been since the beginning.

Menu

Small Batch serves up some tasty dishes in addition to its beer selection.

Small Batch Website | Small Batch Menu (PDF)

Snacks

Snacks, including Nacho Mama, Giant Pretzel, and Sunshine Fries.

Entrees

Meals like Figgy Piggy, The Fat Mac, Buffalo Chx Wrap, and Build Your Own Burger. It’s hard to choose by looking at the menu.

Location And Hours:

  • 241 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-893-6395
  • Hours
    • Tues & Wed, 11am – 10pm
    • Thurs & Fri, 11am – 12am
    • Sat, 10am – 12am
    • Sun, 11am – 10pm
    • Closed Monday

Is Hoots As Good As Small Batch, Or Better?

Winston-Salem has a good number of breweries that have sprouted up since Small Batch started. One that began around the same time as Small Batch is also still brewing today. Make the rounds and visit another small brewery, Hoots Beer, and try their craft brews.

What small breweries do you enjoy visiting? Tell us in the comments.

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