By Timothy G. Beeman II
A whole new concept in the “bottle shop” model is about to show up here in Downtown Winston-Salem. Dogwood Hops & Crops is about to bring a beer and wine bottle shop that also is a craft beer bar to one side of the establishment and The Trophy Room, a bourbon bar, opening on the other side. This awesome new place will be located on the rapidly developing 500 block of Liberty Street. It is just doors down from Crafted: The Art of the Taco, the Rusty Bumper Ice Cream shop and across the street from the new barcade, Reboot.
This is a brand-new venture for Adam Andrews, co-owner of Jeffrey Adams on Fourth and his friend and partner Austin Ridge. Adam is no stranger to the Winston-Salem bar scene with the success of two bars within Jeffrey Adams. And, he has a good staff in-the-making for the preopening preparations.
Mareika “MO” Owen is managing the prep and will manage The Trophy Room when it opens. Austin Ridge will manage the bottle shop side. Mo has some of her trusted barkeeping buddies to back her up. Ryan Oberle, Crystal Flores and Heather Hill are going to be slinging some craft cocktails and even beer cocktails in the bourbon bar. You can purchase a craft beer on the bottle shop side and take it to the bourbon side to have it transformed to “spirited” goodness.
But, that is not all. There are features like video games, big screen TVs and other activities to bide your time on the beer side. Plus, there will be panini sandwiches made onsite. It is not fancy food but, as Mo says, “it sure beats ‘bar mix.’” There will be a large garage door that opens to allow the fresh outdoor air in and create an indoor/outdoor ambience for those getting their beer and wine fix. There is going to be outdoor “patio-style” seating as well, as is the new custom throughout Downtown with seating and tables arranged on the sidewalks in front.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing – and dare we say, coolest – features of the new establishment is beer and wine delivery. Yes, that is exactly what you just read: beer and wine delivery. There will be an app for smartphones that allows the user to order their favorite beer and wine and someone will magically arrive at your door within a reasonable amount of time. Once implemented this feature will be available between 4pm and midnight on certain days of the week. Mo said, too, that the location may open earlier on Sundays if the “brunch bill” passes in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Opening, as of the time of this article is still being determined with inspections and final touches, but according to Mo, the week of June 26 is the projected date range for opening. You can follow Dogwood Hops & Crops on Facebook. When they open, grab a beer, glass of wine or a wonderful craft cocktail and enjoy the newest great offering in Downtown Winston-Salem.
A Blossoming New Venture: Dogwood Hops and Crops
By Timothy G. Beeman II