There are plenty of bottle shops and traditional beer bars in Durham and Chapel Hill to please just about any beer aficionado. Durham is even home to the annual World Beer Festival! But what really makes Durham and Chapel Hill’s beer scene uniquely popular are the craft breweries. Sure, there are plenty of guided beer tours offered, but why not create your own?

Check out this list of the most popular breweries in all of Durham and Chapel Hill that you will want to explore:

Fullsteam Brewery

The mission of Fullsteam Brewery is “to craft distinctly Southern beer that celebrates the farm and food traditions of the American South.” Its beers feature ingredients grown right here in North Carolina. Seasonal favorites include the Carver, which is bred with sweet potatoes, and the Southern Basil.

Ponysaurus Brewing Company

Ponysaurus Brewing Company prides itself on brewing creative beers mentioned to be sipped and savored. Though you can find its beers on tap at various restaurants and bars throughout Durham and Chapel Hill, its taproom is definitely worth the trip. Try the Fig Saison or the Export Stout!

Bull Durham Beer Company

Did you know that there’s a brewery inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park? Bull Durham Beer Company is the first brewery in the country to be owned by a minor league baseball team! Sipping a freshly brewed IPA while watching the Durham Bulls win sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Barrel Culture Brewing & Blending

Barrel Culture Brewing & Blending specializes in fruity sours. 100% of its beers are oak fermented. If you are looking for a unique brewery experience, this is the place!

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Enjoy a beer with a view! Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery brews its award-winning beers on premises, so you know it’s fresh! It also features a full-time cask conditioned ale program. Sipping on a Kenan Lager on the rooftop deck on a sunny day sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday!

Carolina Brewery

Carolina Brewery was founded in 1995 by UNC alumni and is a favorite among students and Chapel Hill locals. Its beer has since been nationally recognized by the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Championships.

Bull City Burger & Brewery

Enjoy one of Durham’s best burgers along with some of its best locally-brewed beer! Bull City Burger & Brewery beers recently took home three gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal in the 2017 North Carolina Brewers’ Cup Competition.

Bull City Ciderworks

Bull City Ciderworks brews up creative, hard ciders made with honey, hops, black tea, ginger, etc. The team at Bull City Ciderworks is always trying something new, so you should definitely pay a visit to its taproom!

Durty Bull Brewing Company

Durty Bull Brewing Company brings old world style brewing techniques with a creative twist to Durham! It also offers sours and barrel-aged brews. In 2016 it was recognized by Beer Advocate as one of the best new breweries in the U.S.

In addition to the plethora of craft breweries, Durham and Chapel Hill features many bottle shops and beer bars. Notable spots for beer lovers include Beer Study, Sam’s Bottle Shop, Growler Grlz, and Pour Taproom, where you pay by the ounce so you can try many different beers! The beer scene in Durham and Chapel Hill continues to grow and become even more impressive every single year that passes. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

So what are some of your favorite local craft breweries in Durham and Chapel Hill? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Durham Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN