Hoots Beer Co. Celebrates Four Years

Hoots Beer Co. Celebrates Four Years
By Timothy G. Beeman II Hoots Beer Co Winston-Salem NC

If you’ve stepped foot on the property at the West End Millworks in the West End of Winston-Salem in the last 4 years, then you are already aware of Hoots Beer Co.
Hoots Beer Co. was developed by friends Eric Swaim and Eric Weyer, both who grew up in Winston Salem. With co-founder Ralph Pritts, they hand built the bar and brewery with salvaged materials and help from their friends. Having a background in music and
playing in touring bands, the guys put their small business know-how and ability to use to make miracles happen with little to no capital. They fundraised money through private investors, a city loan and a successful Kickstarter campaign. No big banks or deep pockets – just community and sweat.
Brew master Dave McClure has been with the brewery since the first brew and is a beer-making genius. You can taste that in his craft. The brewed staples: Hoot’s ESB (extra special bitters), which I call Eric Swaim Beer, the Wheel Bite Wheat, Gashopper IPA (named after the Gashopper filling station next door) and a few varieties with the name Zinzendorf, are always sure to quench the thirst you have and bring a smile to your face.
But, it’s not just about the beer at Hoots. Tim Nolan, the bar manager, is a cocktail whisperer and carefully puts the “craft” in craft cocktails. Add to that games, pinball machines, videos on the big screen and that hand built bar with portholes and a diver’s helmet and you have an experience. But, truly, the beer is the star here.
On September 30, Hoots Beer Co. will be celebrating their 4th anniversary, including the 4th Annual Hoots Oktoberfest Celebration. This is an all-day festival celebrating the greater Winston Salem community and the coming of the fall season.
There will be live music, food trucks, craft vendors, games, a dunking booth, raffle prizes, contests, brewery tours, distillery tours and of course the release of the 4th annual Zinzendorf Oktoberfest. This is Oktoberfest season, after all. The Beer Dads Podcast will also be there to do a “live remote recording.”
It will be fun. You get to taste this year’s Zinzendorf Oktoberfest, have great food, dunk a brewery owner or two and celebrate this great neighborhood institution. The party is September 30th from noon until midnight. Plenty of time to get your responsible drink on. You can find Hoots at 840 Millworks Street in the West End, just off of Northwest Blvd. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Their website is hootspublic.com.