STRAIGHT From the tank to your glass. 

Top of the Hill has been a functioning microbrewery since opening our doors in 1996, making us the 8th oldest surviving brewery in the state. Though our roots are in English-style ales, we have brewed over 75 different varieties of beer, from our flagship Kenan Lager to seasonal favorites with a cult following (we’re looking at you, Blue Ridge Blueberry Wheat).

We are one of the few breweries in the nation to have platinum medals for three separate beers. Although you can only get it at TOPO in Chapel Hill, we are recognized world-wide for being purveyors of fine brews. Our commitment to using quality ingredients, like malt from UNC alumni-led Fawcett & Sons, truly sets our beers apart. We hope you enjoy them! 

 
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Freshly Tapped

Two beers are maintained on tap year round: the Kenan Lager and the Old Well White. We also always have an IPA on tap, as well as a dark beer served on a nitrogenated tap. Two other taps rotate styles that vary between a total of approximately 20 different beers being brewed every year [out of 60 total TOPO recipes]. 

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local minded

For years we've been a part of the movement to source as much of our ingredients as close to home as possible. Our protein-rich spent grain makes its way to local farms to feed livestock. The restaurant buys meats from a number of these farms, creating a 360-degree local food hub.

currently on tap

 
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Harvest LAGER

A light, refreshing American-style Lager brewed with local hops harvested at Be Hoppy Farm. Crisp malt profile and citrusy Cascade notes make this social edition beer perfect for a North Carolina Fall!

ABV | 4.2%
Regular [16oz] | $5.50
Half Pint [10oz] | $4.50

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old well white

A smooth and refreshing Belgian style wheat beer that is hazy in the glass. The characteristic flavor of wheat is partnered with orange peel and coriander for a refreshing, sweet and spicy beer.

ABV | 6.0% 
Regular [16oz] | $5.50
Half Pint [10oz] | $4.50

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ram's head ipa

Strong hop flavors dominate, but do not overwhelm, this internationally known beer. This IPA took platinum in the World Beer Championship.

ABV | 6.9% 
Regular [16oz] | $6.00
Half Pint [10oz] | $5.00

 
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blue ridge blueberry wheat

Our most popular seasonal, this light & refreshing American-style wheat is composed of a surprisingly mild sweetness with a crisp blueberry finish.

ABV | 4.7%
Regular [16oz] | $5.50
Half Pint [10oz] | $4.50

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bees get degrees honey session

The fall 2018 brew for our Campus Session Series. A vibrant honey session ale with pronounced honeycomb aromatics and a smooth malty finish. Brewed with local honey from Big Oak Bee Farm

ABV | 5.0%
Regular [16oz] | $5.50
Half Pint [10oz] | $4.50

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Frank graham porter

Our English-style porter is served on a nitrogen tap, boasting flavors of roasted & dry black coffee. It finishes with a crisp, balanced bitterness. 

ABV | 4.4%
Regular [16oz] | $5.50
Half Pint [10oz] | $4.50

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THE CAMPUS SESSION SERIES

The Campus Session Series introduces a new session beer every semester. Session beers are characterized by low alcohol percentages (5% or less) and mellow flavors and aromas. These brews are inspired by the rhythms of campus life; highly drinkable, they are a perfect companion to all-day study sessions, prolonged departmental meetings, and after-seminar gatherings of colleagues.

We’ll tap a new session beer each Fall, Spring, and Summer semester, so look forward to the seasonal evolution of our lineup.

Cask Beer Program

 

We are proud to offer the first full-time cask conditioned ale program in the South. These unfiltered beers undergo natural fermentation & are served at cellar temperature. The result is a beer that has a gentler level of carbonation & a rounder mouthfeel. 

 

CURRENT SELECTIONS

frank graham porter with honey

Our Porter with local honey from Just Bee Apiary.

Tokyo Special Bitter (TSB)

Our Ellie's ESB dry-hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops and dried lemon peel.