Hoppy Days

When we first learned about the family-owned House of Hops joining the mix of places to enjoy craft beer in our area, we were thrilled. They were immediately engaging, sharing information about their timeline and plans.

We initially met a few members of the House of Hops team including Keith Bowler (co-owner) and Gabriela Magallanes (marketing and events coordinator). Both have roles beyond their titles, much like most small businesses and their staff. The first House of Hops in Raleigh hosts events throughout the year, so we were interested to hear about the plans for the Pittsboro location (the second one, with a third in the works in Wake County).

The Wake County House of Hops location works with food trucks at their events and, in Pittsboro, the they look forward to many collaborations with the adjacent Root Cellar, which also shares a patio space (both businesses will kick off summer in a wonderful way). House of Hops sought opinions from their guests and their new following about preferences, they’ve met with several local businesses, and are interested in serving everyone with craft beer and expertise on what they’ll like tasting.

House of Hops has a list of ales and lagers, stouts and porters, IPAs, and sours and ciders on their draft menus. Their thought is that they’re not just entering the area to offer craft beer, but want to serve in collaboration with local businesses when possible, so stay tuned for events, nonprofit nights, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The mix of craft beer is impressive and guests will find options for 16 oz. draft or 64 oz. growler.

Tastes range from breweries throughout the U.S., including several N.C. breweries, including

  • Trophy Brewing Company
  • Mother Earth Brewing
  • Funguys Brewing
  • Little City Brewing Company
  • Burial Beer Co., Foothills Brewing
  • D9 Brewing Company
  • Aviator Brewing Company
  • Crank Arm Brewing Company
  • Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Pitt Street Brewing Company
  • 1323 R&D
  • Oak & Dagger

The casual atmosphere is appealing, with rustic sleek high top tables for guests to mix alongside one another or have a beer with a larger group of friends. Root Cellar’s menu will pair well and the intermingling of good food, drink, and ambiance, occasionally with music, will create a wonderful addition to our selection of places to eat and meet.

House of Hops opens Tuesday, June 19, and invites everyone to a grand opening celebration in approximately six weeks. Stay tuned for details and visit for a friendly pour.