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“Fantastic Truly Local Creative, Hip Microbrewery”

Fonta Flora Brewery
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Morganton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Greensboro
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“Fantastic Truly Local Creative, Hip Microbrewery”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

I was happy to see this truly local microbrewery open in a unique old building in Morganton. Lots to recommend it---two brothers opened it and hired a brewmaster, with the concept of brewing small-batch beers with local ingredients.

On my first visit yesterday, they featured brews with oyster (from a recent local oyster roast), one nice American Table with grits, marjoram and thyme, sweet potatoes and a scuppernong, also very satisfying and not like anything I've ever tried. I started with the scuppernong, but had to try a flight just to see what all they had on tap. Coming soon--persimmon.

Interesting brews aside (and if nothing else, the beer would be reason enough to visit), the location and atmosphere underscore the emphasis on local resources. The tiny brewery is located in a converted "flat-iron" building that formerly housed an electric supply company and, before that, a medical office, but has been outfitted with, among other things, the original interior brick, polished refinished wood floors and steel railroad track segments for the footrests at the bar. Contemporary NC bluegrass group Mipso playing in the background (for non-bluegrass fans, they're #8 on the Billboard charts this week) gave it a homey, comfortable feel. By the way, one of their current brews is named Dark Holler after the recent Mipso album.

Obviously, the two brothers who opened this gem take great pride in what they're doing, and rightfully so. They've hit the right combination of great beer, local flavor, comfortable surroundings and a soon-to-be-cool location. You need to check this place out!

Visited November 2013
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