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Why You Should Get to Know Little Brother Brewing in North Carolina

Where there are people (and progressive brewing laws), there are breweries. The Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina is no exception. The region is home to a million and a half people in the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, and has enjoyed a craft beer boom in recent years.

Foothills Brewing and Natty Greene’s Brewing Company have been making beer in the Triad since the mid-2000s, but dozens of newcomers have found their niche since then. Among those young upstarts is Little Brother Brewing.

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Little Brother opened in November 2017 on the lively corner of South Elm and West McGee in downtown Greensboro. Steps away from Craft, an upscale taco joint, and across the street from the aforementioned Natty Greene’s, Little Brother is a stylish taproom with a view of its small but efficient four-barrel brewhouse. The interior is outfitted with white subway tile, marble countertops, and black trim, creating a timeless vibe that’s bright and inviting.

But any taproom is only as good as its beer, and Little Brother is worthy of a visit. The house Hefeweizen Civil Rest is an uncomplicated vision of the refreshing wheat beer standard. Jim’s Lunch is a roasty stout with notes of chocolate and coffee, and a moderate mouthfeel. The fruit beer Apricana is light and breezy with a fresh apricot zing. Local homebrewer collaborations also have a place on the beer board at Little Brother, providing a platform for the Triad’s amateur brewing community.

After you’ve made your way through Little Brother’s beers, you can also enjoy guest taps and a curated list of wines and ciders. On our recent visit, Deep River Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy and fellow Triad brewers Brown Truck Brewery’s No. 40 Harvest Saison were available on draft. A few classic food options, like wings, fries, and burgers are provided by the neighboring M’Coul’s Public House. And when it’s time to head home, you can even get a few beers to go thanks to the 16-ounce manual canning machine.

The Little Brother brewery also serves as a community meeting place, hosting concerts, trivia nights, and even a weekly running club. To see what’s currently on tap or learn about upcoming events, check out the Little Brother website.

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