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It all began in 2005 in a kitchen. Sam, a Ph.D. chemist by day, bought himself a homebrew kit and started experimenting. The only rules were to have fun, make something tasty, and clean up afterward. 

As he got deeper into the hobby, Sam started bringing his brew to social gatherings to share with friends, and soon developed a reputation as an accomplished brewer.

After entering competitions and collecting some hardware, friends began to ask Sam when he would open his own brewery. Imagination began to take flight. He shared his idea with friends Jason and Mike and together with their families, they decided to take the leap.

Wise Man Brewing was born.

Wise Man Brewing Original Logo

Since that moment, the team has labored hard to bring the dream to reality. The first task was finding a home. They fell in love with the former Angelo Brothers building in Downtown Winston Salem. The 90-year old structure had been sitting vacant for about a decade and was in dire need of repair. 

Construction began in Oct. 2015 by replacing the roof. Our quirky home threw many challenges at us during the long renovation. Along the way, we took the time and effort to retain the existing character while also breathing new life into our space.

After many months of construction,

we opened our doors on January 28, 2017.


As time marches on and we continue to grow as a brewery, the spirit of discovery & innovation from our homebrewing days will continue to resonate in all we do.

We hope that you will join us and share in our story.

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