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Meet the Maker: Eric Swaim, co-owner talks about the history of Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company, including the origin of the name, where they’ve gone, where they’re wanting to go. Hoots is very ingrained in the community of Winston-Salem and the feelings are reciprocated. You’d be hard pressed to find a local restaurant in Winston-Salem and areas in close proximity that doesn’t carry at least one Hoots beer. Their beers are delicious. We’re proud to call Eric and Hoots friends of ours. We drink their CocoMorita and Golden Mild.
Mix It Up (the art of the drink): The Cherry Splash
3/4 oz. Seventy-Eight °C Spirits Limoncello1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
4 oz. black cherry juice
1 dash of key lime juice
Top with Hoots’ Golden Mild
Lemon zest, lime zest and wild Arabian cherry
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SippingNC: The Art of the Drink is a podcast (coming soon) and blog that focuses exclusively on libations (beer, wine, spirits) that are made in North Carolina and is written and maintained by Tim Beeman and Jordan Keiper. The podcast will be part of The Less Desirables Network, joining other podcasts like The Less Desirables, Fan Interference, The Beer Dads and The Man Who Ate the Town.
There will info, tidbits and educational pieces on NC brewers, vintners and distillers coming often and we’ve already recorded two episodes of the podcast and those should come out in the next few weeks. We’re proud of the content and look forward to sharing it with you.
So, this is our first “official” blog post. Sure, we’ve gone back and backlogged our Facebook posts to keep them blog style, but this is the first blog post specifically for the blog. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us so far; the response and support has been incredible. Keep watching here and on the Facebook and Twitter feeds for news on the podcast.
Cheers & Slàinte Mhath!
Let’s talk for a minute about one of my favorite breweries that most people outside the city of Winston-Salem don’t know about. I’m talking about Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co., located just outside of downtown Winston-Salem.While a few short years ago, the only brewery people knew about being in Winston was Foothills Brewing. While Foothills creates some great and well known brews, the city was calling for another great brewery.
Two friends, Eric Weyer and Eric Swaim, felt that need and want for a brewery. One that focuses on high quality beer, with a passion for producing a core lineup of brews that don’t just have funky names and taste “okay,” but, rather just dang good beer’s that keep people coming back for more. Hoot’s was opened by the dynamic duo and they have been killing it.
Hoots is located in the Old Roller Mill, just across from RJ Reynolds High School and next to one of our great distilleries: Sutler’s Spirit Co. If you haven’t had a chance to try one of Hoots Brew’s, make sure you check them out and have a pint at their in house bar or look for them at any fine establishment in Winston-Salem. As always, friends, #DrinkLocalNC and make sure you listen to Sipping NC.