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HOOTS Roller Bar and Beer Co. captures Winston-Salem's spirit through their ales and lagers, with atmosphere that can't be matched.

The HOOTS Roller Bar is handcrafted by owners and friends.  Full of love!
The HOOTS Roller Bar is handcrafted by owners and friends. Full of love!
Turning home-brew into pro-brew!
Turning home-brew into pro-brew!
HOP SHELF!
HOP SHELF!

HOOTS Roller Bar & Beer Co. is a developing bar and brewery in the West End Neighborhood of Winston-Salem NC. Specializing in beer that is uniquely Winston, and a bar atmosphere that can't be matched. 

The HOOTS Beer Co. was formed in late 2011 by partners Eric Weyer, Eric Swaim and Ralph Pritts. The building on Bridge Street was obtained in the winter of 2012 and demolition/design began immediately. The bar is currently under construction with an expected opening date of late summer 2013 with brewery being operational by fall. 

With a focus on developing beer that is representative of our local culture, HOOTS Beer Co. will maintain some blue collar classics, as well as, pioneering new American styles. With no boundaries and a deep connection with the town itself, The Hoots Brew team will deliver quality brews that are delicious and inspiring! The name is a reference to the buildings amazing history - The Hoots Roller Mill and storage warehouse were once used to produce flour. Built by the Hoots family between the 1930s and 1950s, the buildings are full of local history and character.

Kickstarter is an innovative and amazing way to help artists fund projects. If you don’t know how it works, it’s simple. You pledge an amount to a prize level, we give you those really cool prizes then we get some money to help us create our dream! Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing funding policy. This meaning if we get $1 short of our target goal, we get no money and won’t be able to make our dream happen. 

With this being said, we could use all the help we can get! We really appreciate any pledge you can give and hope you tell all your friends. Then end result is you get cool prizes while helping fund an exciting new brewery, what could be better?  

How can you help? 

Just open a Kickstarter account. You can either enter your email and create and account or sign in using Facebook. Sign in to Amazon. If you already have an account, you are good to go! - You only have to Pledge $1 or more (Your card will only be charged if we reach our goal) - SPREAD THE WORD! 

How will you guys use the pledged money? A brewery is a very costly venture! We need all the assistance we can get. We have great ideas and the right team to make this come alive, but we really need your support. 

Here are some things your generous donations will go to:  

Supplies for our first batch of beer : Grains, Hops, Yeast & Utilities 

A new semi-auto 2-head keg washer/filler in order to keg and distribute our beer as soon as possible    

You will be along side us as we go through the licensing process, up-fitting our space, installation of equipment and catching a first look of us as we brew our first batch of beer.  

On the right side of this page is a list of all the rewards we are offering in return for your generous pledges. In order to make our dreams a reality, we need to raise $20,000 in 30 days. The more money we raise, the closer we get to delivering our passion of beer to you!  

See ya at HOOTS!  

Eric, Ralph & Eric

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We recently were approved on a federal level for all brewing permits, so that hurtle is cleared.
With hops being scarce and in huge demand, one of our biggest challenges will be obtaining the desired materials that fit our recipies. In response to this challenge we are forming relationships that will lead to direct sourcing of the ingredients we need. There are many smaller farms on the east coast developing for this very reason.
Another challenge we have considered, is the over-saturation of the brewing market. Through market studies and research, we have come to the conclusion that a focus on developing new American styles will keep our production interesting while protecting us from a national market shakedown. Also putting an immediate focus on our hometown market, which is more than underserved in craft breweries, will sustain our business for years to come.

FAQ

  • The three of us have played in bands for most of our lives, which lead us to visiting bars and venues all over the country. Gaining an appreciation for well built bars that serve well made drinks, inspired us to build one of our own. After years of bartending to pay the rent, and home-brewing to save money on beer - the likely next step was to open a brewery and make it awesome! So, here we are.

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  • We are proud of the progress North Carolina has made in the past several years in the brewing industry and we are especially proud of the progress made by Winston's only craft brewery- Foothills Brewing. We feel that we are the perfect team to continue this legend by attaching ourselves strongly to the city's history and culture - Pulling inspiration from our Moravian settlement, urban history & renewal, rural proximity, creative branding, and our long-running industrial background. Furthermore, our Domestic Initiative Program will allow us to work closely with local home-brewers in order to continually stay in touch with what Winston's beer drinkers are making and drinking.

    We're from here, love it here, and got what it takes to make Winston's Beer.

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    ROLLER BUTTON! A customized button with a limited run design that signifies - you are in on the ground level. These badges of honor will only be printed once - Becoming collector items of great value in years to come. Also includes your name mentioned on our website as a thanks for supporting our company!

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    CUSTOM Out-Going Voicemail MESSAGE! A unique opportunity to up your voice-mail game. Our uber-clever team will create a one-of-a-kind out-going message for you that will have your friends and family calling just to hear it. (Plus the Roller Button from above.)

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    HOOTS T-SHIRT! A super limited designed Hoots T-Shirt offered to Kickstarter donors only! This limited press will become a collectors item of great value in years to come. (Plus a button, your name on our website and a high five)

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    HOOTS GROWLER! Early bird growlers will allow you to be first in line for a fill up once brewing is underway! With a one-time design this growler will tell your bartender that you are more than a patron but, a company founder as well! (Plus Roller Button, name on site & T-shirt)

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    HOOTS BAR TOWELL! HOOTS was designed and built by bartenders. Hence, there is an intimate value in their bar-oriented memorabilia. This limited run of HOOTS Roller Towels will be a classy addition to any home bar or lounge. (Plus the Roller Button, your name mentioned on our site and T-Shirt.)

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    ROLLER STEIN! A classic Bavarian Stein with fancy gold trim and elaborate HOOTS logo. Whether it's used to hold pens in your office or delicious HOOTS for your enjoyment, this classy vessel will let your friends know that you mean business. (Plus Roller Button, Name on site & T-shirt)

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    HOOTS AHOY! A special mug-club offer for Kickstarter donors only! Our mug club will have an annual fee that comes w/ a personalized mug and benefits. With this generous donation you get a lifetime membership (no fee beyond your donation) and a special maritime mug w/ gold trim to let your bartender know you're not only a mug-clubber but, a company founder! (Plus Roller Button, Name on site & T-shirt)

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    ROLLER TROPHY - A trophy will be made in your honor and displayed in the HOOTS Roller Bar Award Case! This shrine of achievement is reserved for company awards only so, your trophy will be in the most prestigious of company. (Plus the Roller Button, your name on our site & T-shirt from above)

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    ROLLER DOG PARTY! HOOTS & SKIPPY'S host a private afternoon party for you and 10 of your friends at the Roller Bar. All the dogs, fountain sodas and jukebox plays are FREE! (Plus your very own HOOTS Mason Jar Pint to take home.)

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    SKYPE PIZZA PARTY! Company owners, as well as, members of our brew team will have a Skype Pizza Party with you and your friends. We order the pizza and have it delivered to your door! All you have to do is sign on and have fun! We will have a DJ and various other quirky forms of entertainment. *The party will be documented for later promotional use in one of our hilarious commercials - Making you a star! (T-Shirt, name on our site and Roller Button included)

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    GUEST TAP! Our Domestic Initiative Program will boost home-brewers by featuring their recipes at our bar. For this generous donation you get special access to this program - Brew your recipe with us, on our system - To be served on our guest tap showcasing your creativity. (Plus Roller Bar Membership and Roller Button)

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    HOOTS TO YOU! A unique opportunity to party in person with the owners of HOOTS! We bring the party to you - You provide the place and friends. We bring a DJ/Emcee and a live Karaoke set up w/ sound system! *Limited to locations that are within an 8 hour drive of Winston-Salem, NC. (Plus the Roller Button, your name on our site and T-shirt from above)

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    Private Party at Hoots! For this pledge, we shut down our space for your private event! During this time, we will cater to you, your co workers, friends or family exclusively! You will also get a tour of our facility and taken through the process of how we brew. Comes with 10 t-shirts, and your name on a Roller Trophy! Perfect for a holiday party or corporate event!

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    HOOTS TATTOO! For this paramount donation we will get a tattoo of your name (w/ Owl image) In recognition of your generosity and assistance in making our dream come true. Now that's permanent mind you. *Limited to 4 donations (Plus Roller Button, your name on our site & T-shirt)

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