The BWST has been updated again!
The Johnston County Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail continues to expand its offerings with the new Fainting Goat Brewing Co in Benson, and InStill Distillery in Clayton opening in 2019. There are now seven stops along the trail and the Sip and Stay Package helps visitors plan a fun weekend visit to the county. The trail first began with FREE gift offers for visiting the stops on the trail, and that's back! Visitors receive a free gift from the Visitors Bureau with four stops, and if all seven are visited they can choose a swag item from their favorite stop.
Where to find these breweries, wineries and some shine:
275 Bowling Springs Dr. • Angier
919-894-7700 or www.gregoryvineyards.com
This picturesque 135 acre working farm showcases hill of planted vineyards, a winery, a distillery and a tasting room open seven days a week. Please visit Doctor Lane Gregory and his merry wine makers. Enjoy a taste of double gold winning Mary Elizabeth, double gold winning Lee Love or other award-winning wines. Relax while sitting by the fireplace or grab a rocker on the front porch.
Hinnant Family Vineyards
826 Pine Level- Micro Rd. • Pine Level
919-965-3350 or www.hinnantvineyards.com
The Hinnant Family Vineyards staff invite you to take a gander at the oldest and largest Muscadine vineyard in the state, sprawling 100 acres. In the tasting room sip on double gold winning Electric Pelican, Bob's wine of choice!
Deep River Brewing
700 W. Main St. • Clayton
919-585-2296 or www.deepriverbrewing.com
Johnston County's first legal brewery opened in April of 2013. Many of their beers include locally sourced vegetables, fruits, hops, and grain. The historic space they occupy in downtown Clayton was a cotton spinning mill is brought back to life by utilizing old barn wood on the walls, mason jar lights, and whiskey barrels for tables. Deep River Brewing Company has become a staple for locals and is perfect for those looking to enjoy a fresh craft beer in a casual laid back atmosphere.
Double Barley Brewing
3174 US Hwy 70 W • Smithfield
919-934-3433 or www.doublebarleybrewing.com
Taste a vast variety of craft beers such as crowd favorite, Wilma's Wandering Eye PA. The rustic with modern twist taproom is the perfect relaxed environment with lounge area, patron bar, founders table and high top tables. Make sure to try new appetizers with your cold beer. The outdoor beer garden is shaded by trees and sun sails. Imagine listening to music while kicking back in comfy chairs and chilling out with your friends. Makes you want to hang out all day!
4834 NC Hwy. 50 South • Benson
919-207-1366 or www.broadslabdistillery.com
Broadslab has now opened the distillery to the public for tours. During one hour tours, visitors will learn about the all natural, handcrafted premium products, how and why they make them, and receive a free shot glass and tasting. Tour cost is $12. Visitors must be 21 and ID’s will be checked prior to the tasting. Children are welcome to join you, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fainting Goat Brewing Co.
102 W. Parrish Dr. • Benson
919-701-1500 or faintinggoatbeer.com
Founded in 2014, Fainting Goat is a small, independent, veteran and woman owned brewery. Enjoy a variety of handcrafted brews in a casual atmosphere with a dog friendly patio. The taproom does not have Wi-Fi to encourage personal interaction.
InStill Distilling Co.
710 W. Main St. Clayton
904-233-3887 or instilldistillingco.com
This new distillery with their first product available, Lady One White Rum, specializes in creating fine craft spirits. They love to welcome guests and are located in the same historic cotton mill as the Deep River Brewery. Tours and tastings by appointment.