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Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

Old Time Fiddlers Convention Attracts Top Talent, April 1-2

DOBSON, N.C. – The seventh annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention brings together some of the area’s best musicians in the old time music genre, April 1-2 in Dobson.
The event takes place at Surry Community College. Its goal is to preserve the region’s traditional stringed-instrument music that has been passed down for generations.
The convention kicks off with a square dance Friday night featuring two well-known bands from the area, while Saturday’s lineup includes youth and adult competitions in multiple categories, workshops led by renowned musicians, jam sessions and more.
Mountain Park Old Time Band and New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters headline Friday evening’s festivities. Cakewalks are also a favorite Friday activity, where winners receive homemade confections.
“Friday night’s dance has a certain kind of energy and community feeling,” says Buck Buckner of the convention committee. “That’s what we’re trying to achieve – that old time community feeling.”
Saturday’s lineup includes daylong competitions – youth and adult – in instrument, band and dance, while four old time music experts will lead free one-hour workshops.
Paul Brown will give instructions on fiddle. Brown is known as both a musician and host of the popular “Across the Blue Ridge” radio show on WFDD (88.5 FM) in Winston-Salem.
Steve Lewis, a native of Todd and award-winning musician, will offer insight on guitar. Banjo virtuoso Adam Hurt will share his picking talent, and Rodney Sutton, known for his expertise in traditional mountain dance, will help attendees with their footwork.
“Every year we have a stellar lineup of people,” Buckner says. “They appreciate what we’re doing to foster the area’s musical heritage, and they’re willing to support it and share in it.”
Workshops, luthier displays and jam sessions take place throughout the day Saturday. Mount Airy radio station WPAQ (740 AM) broadcasts live from the convention.
Admission is $5 daily, with children 12 and younger admitted at no charge. Contestants get in free Saturday. Hours for Friday night’s dance are 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, registration for contest participants begins at 10 a.m., and activities continue throughout the day and evening.
For info on the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention, call (336) 526-1111 or visit: www.SurryOldTime.com. For lodging info, go to: www.YadkinValleyNC.com.

Media Contact: Craig Distl, 704-466-3744, CraigD411@gmail.com

Dew Drop Inn Mayberry

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

The Dew Drop Inn Mayberry is a non-smoking two bedroom, two bathroom, living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen 1200 sq ft home in Andy Griffith’s home town of Mount Airy, NC, known as Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show.

Conveniently located just one mile from the North Carolina Granite Quarry. We are close to many Yadkin Valley vineyards, including Black Wolf Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Elk Run Vineyards and Old North State Winery. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just 10 miles away. Mount Airy is the birthplace of Andy Griffith. A stroll down Main Street in the Friendly City will remind people of the town of Mayberry. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show can visit Floyd’s City Barber Shop, Old Mayberry Jail, Andy Griffith Museum, Snappy Lunch and Andy’s childhood home.

Don’t want to cook? Enjoy some of the best eats around with local restaurants just minutes away. Riverside park and walking trail within walking distance. Relax in the living room with electric fireplace, large flat screen TV, or prop your feet up on the trunk and enjoy an afternoon nap after touring the town, shopping, taking in the brewery or wine tastings, WiFi and all your favorite Channels, flat screen TV’s in both bedrooms.  Sink up in comfortable queen sized beds with excellent linens and pillows. Heat pump and central air, ceiling fans in bedrooms keeps you comfortable year round. Outside patio for grilling and games.

Whether you are looking for a short get-away, extended stay or business, the Dew Drop Inn promises not to disappoint. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special event so we can make your stay extra special.

Be sure to visit the Facebook page for more photos, events and monthly specials. Visit the website at www.dewdropinnmayberry.com for reservations and more information!

Autumn Leaves Festival – October 9-11 in Downtown Mount Airy

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Fall has arrived, and here in Mount Airy, NC we celebrate the changing of the leaves with our annual Autumn Leaves Festival, now in its 49th year! The festival showcases our rich heritage, with food for the soul, music for the heart, and heritage crafts and demonstrations. Admission to the festival is free! The hours of the festival are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The entire downtown area is filled to the brim with arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and plenty of local music, including a main bandstand on Independence Blvd featuring gospel, bluegrass, and old-time music, as well old-time musicians jamming under a tent on N. Main Street.

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The unique arts & crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. There is plenty of “Food for the Soul” – ham biscuits, collard green sandwiches & cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak sandwiches, donuts, hot dogs, baked goods, homemade apple butter, candy apples, funnel cakes, and MUCH more, served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups.

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Check out the website at autumnleavesfestival.com for the full bandstand schedule! We have a lot of great bands in the lineup, including The Nunn Brothers, Snow Creek Old Time Band, Mountain Park Old Time Band, The South Carolina Broadcasters, The Country Boys, The Buckstankle Boys, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Marshall Brothers & Highroad, The Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Rich in Tradition, Crossroad, Highway 52, and many more!

The Autumn Leaves Festival™ has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 20 Events” in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The festival began as a celebration of the end of the tobacco and apple harvesting season over 45 years ago. Now, we celebrate the breathtaking fall season! Through the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors (nearly 200,000 people will frequent the streets of Mount Airy over the three-day weekend) have enjoyed the true flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty.  This great community once again puts out the “WELCOME” mat and invites one and all to come and experience the true spirit of America’s Hometown!!

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Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping! Vendors will have a vast array of handmade and unique items for purchase including handwoven baskets, quilts, floral displays, textiles, vintage re-purposed items, holiday decorations, jewelry, pottery, woodcarving, oil paintings, photography, children’s toys, handmade decorations, unique and one-of-a-kind items, and so much more!

Don’t forget out about Downtown Mount Airy businesses and restaurants while you are here! Stop by the Mount Airy Visitor Center at 200 N. Main Street for advice on the best things to see and do while you are in the area and pick up a map with the Mayberry attractions, including Andy Griffith Museum and Wally’s Service Station. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is also located in Downtown Mount Airy! Autumn Leaves Festival weekend is the PERFECT time to start your holiday season shopping!

Please take a look at our photo album and don’t forget to visit the website at autumnleavesfestival.com. Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply using the online form early next year before spots fill up!

**Please remember that ALL PETS are strictly prohibited inside of the festival boundaries.

Need lodging for Autumn Leaves Festival Weekend? Go to visitmayberry.com for a full list of accommodations. If you are having trouble finding lodging during this busy weekend, please call the Mount Airy Visitor Center for assistance – 336-786-6116.

 

LuRosa Atkins Manor Tour Home

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Tour LuRosa Atkins Manor a historic home built over 160 years ago. This Victorian farm house was originally built by the Jones’ family local residents of Surry County. Ed and April Atkins purchased the home in 2002. They began renovations immediately while at the same time maintaining the Victorian Era in every room including the original flooring in several rooms, the staircase, the parlor which was added in 1929, and the front foyer. After completing the renovations the Atkins’ decided to share their home with the public, by giving tours. Attractions include the doll room with over 55 dolls, an African Art room, a Western room containing John Wayne relics and Calvary swords. The antiques in the home have been collected over the past 30 years. These antiques include tea sets, glassware, furniture, 18th century tableware, and numerous collectibles. Also, there is an Oriental room with Nippon tea sets, oriental paintings from Japan and China and a carved ornate settee.

Mr. Atkins has been a stained glass artist for over 60 years. He has designed, built and installed 10 stained glass windows and the entire surface of the kitchen counter tops. One example is a hand-painted, three-dimensional, 7 ft by 4 ft stained glass window of the Canterbury Tales.

As Ed and April open their home and hearts to you, experience the feeling of stepping back into another time and place.

Tour Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Closed: December 20th-First Wednesday in April

Admission is $8 per person (Groups of 6 or more: $5 per person. Children ages 6 and under: Free admission)

Call 336-786-9122 for more information.
Directions:
Traveling south on Hwy 601/Rockford Street: Turn right on Forrest Drive. Go to Stop Sign and take a RIGHT. Home is 3rd house on left.
Traveling on West Pine Street/Hwy 89 – Turn at Hardee’s onto South Franklin Road. Home will be on the right, about 2 miles. If you reach Forrest Drive, you have gone too far.

Barbara Eden will pop in for Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27 in Mount Airy, NC

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Barbara Eden Will Pop In For Mayberry Days, Sept. 24-27

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Barbara Eden and Clint Howard will make guest appearances at the 26th annual Mayberry Days festival, Sept. 24-27 in Andy Griffith’s hometown.

Both actors are visiting Mount Airy for the first time. Eden played the role of Mayberry’s first manicurist in a well-known episode, while Howard appeared in several episodes as Leon, a cowboy-hat wearing youngster who always had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his pocket.

“Barbara’s episode is among the most memorable and popular of all time. We’ve gotten a bunch of calls from fans,” said festival organizer Tanya Jones of the Surry Arts Council. “Clint is Ron Howard’s brother and was in several episodes, as well as many of his brother’s movies.”

The multi-day festival, which draws tens of thousands from across the U.S., pays tribute to Mount Airy’s role as inspiration for the idyllic town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.

Joining Eden and Howard this year is Bruce Bilson, assistant director of The Andy Griffith Show. Bilson also directed Eden in the movie Chattanooga Choo Choo. He will talk about that movie before a screening at the Earle Theatre, and will also appear at Professor Brower’s lecture about The Andy Griffith Show and share his memories of working with Griffith, Ron, Howard, Don Knotts and all the wonderful people associated with the classic sitcom.

Hometown sweetheart Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, will make several appearances, along with Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling); Morgan Brittany (Opie’s girlfriend Mary Alice Carter); Ronnie Schell (two different characters); George Lindsey Jr. (son of George “Goober” Lindsey), and several other actors from the show.

Rodney Dillard, one of the Darling Boys, will play a bluegrass concert, and Karen Knotts will perform “Tied Up in Knotts,” a one-person stage show she wrote in tribute to her late father.

Other activities include a golf tournament, Colonel Tim’s Talent Time, trivia contests, a barbecue cook-off, and the Mayberry Days Parade. Fans also enjoy meeting tribute artists like Mayberry Deputy David Browning, and attending the annual meeting of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC).

“Mayberry Days has grown in popularity every year. We feel it’s because the show is timeless and people are searching for a simpler, more wholesome time,” Jones said.

Mayberry Days is comprised of free and ticketed events spread over four days. For a complete schedule and details, call (336) 786-7998, or go to: www.mayberrydays.com.

Scoops Ice Cream & Such

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Scoops Ice Cream & Such is a hidden gem in a rural area of Surry County, yet located close to I-77, just off of Hwy 89 (W. Pine Street). Scoops is home to a unique ice cream parlor in a converted camper van, with plenty of seating on multiple levels of patio, decorated with beautiful metal sculptures created by artist and Scoops’ owner Chazz Elstone. Grab a sundae or ice cream cone and take a stroll through the sculpture garden in the trees, located across the yard from the ice cream parlor. You will be delighted at the unique and symbolic art located on the nature path that meanders through the forest, complete with a beautiful forest chapel!

Scoops is open seasonally, April through September on Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m.

Located on Rt. 89, just west of I- 74 (exit 6) and I-77 (exit 100) in Mount Airy, NC! Serving 20+ flavors of Mayfield Premium ice cream in funky setting!

Vine and Dine Gala brings Wine, Dinner & Dancing to Winston-Salem

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The third annual Vine & Dine Gala, hosted by the Surry Wineries, takes place this Saturday at BB&T Ballpark in downtown
Winston-Salem.

The event will be held indoors at the ballpark’s club level, providing an elegant, climate-controlled space. Admission includes dinner, tastings from 11 Yadkin Valley wineries, and dancing to live music provided by Karon Click & The Hot Licks.

Participating wineries are: Adagio, Brushy Mountain, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Herrera, Olde Mill, Round Peak, Skull Camp, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.

“A special thing about the Yadkin Valley is its variety of wines,” says event organizer Louis Jeroslow, winemaker at Elkin Creek Vineyard. “I think people will really enjoy the evening and be pleasantly surprised with the wines they discover.”

Legends Hospitality at BB&T Ballpark will provide the small-plate menu, while Karon Click & The Hot Licks will perform an eclectic lineup of jump swing, upbeat blues and cool jazz. Dancing is encouraged.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and four raffles will take place hourly. The first three prizes are passports for complimentary tastings at all participating wineries. The final prize is an “instant Yadkin Valley wine cellar,” a selection of wines from the 11 vineyards at the gala.

Tickets prices for this special event are $65 per person or $120 per couple. Tickets are available online at: www.SurryWineries.com.

Summer Fun in Mount Airy, NC – “Mountains, Music, Mayberry, Merlot”

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

There is plenty of summer fun for the entire family in Mount Airy, North Carolina. This is also a perfect place for girlfriend getaways, family reunions, and romantic vacations!
There are many outdoor recreation opportunities in the cooler forests, our beautiful mountain streams & rivers, local swimming pools and parks, unique shopping, farmers markets, and so much more, you will always find something to do in this area!
Grab a picnic from one of our local markets, produce stands, or delis, and get ready for a summertime adventure in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Swimming
Reeves Community Center: Reeves Community Center is Surry County’s largest recreation center, located at 113 S. Renfro Street in Mount Airy. The facility offers day passes or week passes for visitors, who will receive full use of the facility, including the indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art gym/exercise equipment, and a variety of fitness classes. www.mountairy.org/138/Reeves-Community-Center

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Homeplace Recreational Park: Homeplace, located at 258 Homeplace Park Road in Ararat, NC, features Surry County’s largest pool, as well as a waterslide, separate diving area, a rope swing, and a sloped and carpeted child’s entry area. There is also a snack bar, a campground, miniature golf, picnic shelters, and more. www.homeplacepark.com

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Beechnut Park: Beechnut, located at 315 Beechnut Lane in Mount Airy, NC, offers a family campground, several pools, a zipline, a fishing pond, a snack bar, and more! The campground offers day passes. www.beechnutcampground.com

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Hanging Rock State Park: Hanging Rock State Park, located about 30 minutes away from Mount Airy in nearby Stokes County at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury, NC, features a swimming lake with lifeguards, as well as paddle boat and row boat rentals. The park also offers a campground, rental cabins, many trails, waterfalls, a cave, and more. www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/main.php

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Fishing

With 4 rivers in Surry County, water recreation is part of life here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Pack up your fishing gear and a variety of fishing opportunities – stocked trout streams as well as stocked fishing ponds! If you forgot your fishing gear, don’t worry, we have several options, including Robby’s in Downtown Mount Airy!

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For river fishing, try the Ararat River Greenway Trail/Riverside Park in Mount Airy, only a few blocks away from downtown! The NC Wildlife Commission stocks it with trout and it is known as one of the best trout-fishing spots in the entire area. Also try fishing at Fisher River Park and on the Yadkin River in the Western part of Surry County. For pond fishing, check out Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park in Mount Airy, which is stocked with catfish, bass, and more! Also, check out Big Elkin Creek in Elkin, NC. For more information about fishing opportunities, call 336-786-6116.

Canoeing/Kayaking

Surry County has 4 rivers running through our beautiful countryside, and all offer opportunities for fishing and canoeing. We are blessed with pristine streams and rivers nestled in rural settings, protected from development. These waterways run straight off of the Blue Ridge Mountains and feature pristine water conditions!  The Yadkin River, Surry’s largest, flows along the county’s southern border, while the Mitchell River meanders through western Surry, each offering spectacular unspoiled natural beauty. The Ararat River flows through Mount Airy, with an entry point at Riverside Park and a take-out at Tharrington Park. Paddling opportunities are ever-expanding, thanks due to ongoing stream-preservation and reclamation efforts. Call 336.401.8390 for more information.

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Swimming and tubing is recommended only for adults and children with adult supervision who are strong swimmers – river swimming is at your own risk!

Ararat River Greenway Trail at Riverside Park with multiple access points
850 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-8313
Greenway Trail information – www.mountairy.org/142/Parks-Fields-Greenways

Kapps Mill Kayak Trips
690 Devotion Road
Thurmond, NC 28683
336-366-2509
rrgallimore@yahoo.com

Yadkin Valley River Adventures
Full-service outfitter with canoe, kayak, and fishing trips. Shuttle service and overnight trips available
Located across from Rockford General Store.
104 Old Rockford Road, Dobson, NC 27017 (call for directions or visit website..do not use GPS)
336-374-5318
www.yadkinriveradventures.com
paddle@yadkinriveradventures.com

Picnics

The sky is the limit with picnic options in this area – from your own homemade packed lunches, featuring local produce from our farmers markets or local produce stands, or call ahead for a box lunch prepared from a local deli! Take advantage of the grills offered at several rental shelters for large gatherings, or simply order take out from your favorite local restaurant and dine in the great outdoors at one of our many parks! Be sure to check out Mill Creek General Store, located at 541 W. Pine Street in Mount airy, who offer take-out or dine-in deli sandwiches and a wide variety of specialty foods and local items. The Mount Airy Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of Mill Creek General Store from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, from May through October.

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After you pack your picnic basket, head to a local park, such as Pilot Mountain State Park, Riverside Park in Mount Airy, Westwood Park in Mount Airy, Fisher River Park and Dobson Square Park in Dobson, Stone Mountain State Park in the Elkin area, or drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, only 15-20 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy!

Country Drives
Take a drive out to Rockford General Store in the Dobson area, located on 574 Rockford Road. Don’t depend on GPS though – instead visit Rockford General Store’s website for specific directions! www.rockfordgeneralstore.com

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Rockford General Store opened in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in our former county seat of Rockford. They feature great food inside as well as antiques, hoop cheese, glass bottle drinks, old-fashioned candy, and more! Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns are baked FRESH every single day! They are also the site of the yearly Sweet Potato Festival and the Civil War Living History Weekend.

Surry Sonker Trail

“Sonker” is a delicious deep dish pie-style dessert that is unique to this area! Local historians can trace its roots back to the pioneer days when this area was first settled, and it may have Scottish or Irish origins. Until recently, this type of dessert was only found at family meals, church suppers, and grandma’s table, but now we have 7 restaurants/bakeries in Surry County serving up sonker on a daily basis! Take a trip on our country roads that connect our communities and eat dessert all along the way! Check out the website at www.sonkertrail.org for more information!

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More ideas for country drives:

Take a trip up the mountain on one of our scenic, winding “gap roads” with most ending either on or in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge Parkway! These roads include Piper’s Gap Road, Orchard Gap Road, and more!

Travel on 268 W from Pilot Mountain, through Dobson, to Elkin, for a nice drive through the countryside!

Take the scenic drive to Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County by driving on Hwy 89 E from Mount Airy’s Bannertown community, instead of traveling the main roads!

And don’t forget the ICE CREAM!!!

Here in Downtown Mount Airy, we have multiple locations for delicious ice cream and ice cream treats, such as Hillbilly Ice Cream Parlor (next to Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies); Walker’s Soda Fountain for your favorite shakes, old-fashioned malts, and sundaes; Opie’s Candy Store; and more!

Also, don’t miss Scoops Ice Cream & Such off of Hwy 89 in the Lowgap/Beulah community just outside of Mount Airy. Scoops is a unique ice cream parlor in a refurbished camper van, owned by a metal artist who’s workshop is behind the parlor. There is a three-level deck system with water wheels and sculptures, as well as a sculpture garden and nature path in the forest next door! It is a lovely, hidden treasure in Surry County!

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For more information on Mount Airy, North Carolina, please visit our website at www.visitmayberry.com .

For more information on Surry County, North Carolina, including the cities of Mount Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain, and Dobson, visit the website at www.yadkinvalleync.com

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Bee’s Bed and Breakfast is located in a historic Victorian home within walking distance of Downtown Mount Airy and the Mayberry attractions. Breakfast is included.
Circa 1880’s home with two rooms available; one room has adjoining room with twin beds for extra fee. Contact host for more information.
About the hosts:
“My husband, Charles, and I seem to be of the “Earthmother” variety. We have raised 3 boys, and survived. We bought an old Victorian house in downtown “Mayberry”. We very much enjoyed renovating and bringing this 1887 house back to life. We enjoy kayaking, biking & hiking along with getting together with the boys at our river property. Charles works in physical therapy and I have had a catering business for 15 years. We both love animals and have dogs and cats. (cats are outside). We also raise bees, hence the name, “Bee’s B&B.” We love to entertain and meet new people. We often spend evenings on the deck listening to bands that play at the local amphitheater, which luckily is right up the street.
We are happy to entertain guests, however, we are just as happy to make ourselves scarce if you prefer your privacy. Breakfast will be provided if you wish!”

Granite City Brews

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Granite City Brews is a craft beer bottle shop and tasting room, offering a wide variety of specialty craft beer. As a bottle shop, we offer a large selection of craft beers from the United States, as well as some imported from outside the United States. We have a select variety of craft beer on tap available for tasting, as wells as pint sales and growler fills. We are centrally located in downtown Mount Airy on Market Street. Our mission is to provide a unique craft beer experience where everyone, of age, can feel welcome to explore the realm of beer and it’s relationship to their personal palate. Come join us for a cold one!
Open Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., year-round.