Chapel Hill in a glass. 

Top of the Hill has crafted beers for the Chapel Hill community since opening our doors in 1996. As the eighth oldest surviving brewery in the state, we have had the privilege of playing an active role in North Carolina’s emerging craft beer scene from nearly the beginning! Initially founded on English styles and sensibilities, working in the craft and local communities over the past decades has inspired us to develop over eighty different varieties of beer. From our flagship Old Well White and Kenan Lager, to seasonal favorites like the Blue Ridge Blueberry Wheat, and to new projects like the Campus Session Series, each beer is an expression of the history and everyday life of our community. 

We are proud to brew a taste of Chapel Hill, and we hope you enjoy! 

 
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Always on Tap

All of our beers are brewed in house and served fresh on tap. We feature our Old Well White year-round, and our Kenan Lager for most of the year (we brew a version with local hops after the harvest in the fall). Our other taps represent the changing seasons and inspirations of our team: English and American-style IPAs, fruit-accented wheats, and dark beers served on a nitrogenated tap.

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locally minded

We source our ingredients from a variety of locales, and try to draw on our community as much as possible. We use quality malted grain from UNC alumni-run Fawcett & Sons, Pittsboro-grown hops from Be Hoppy Farms when available, and locally cultivated honey, among other products. All of our used grain is given as feed to Hillsborough’s Hoof Beat Farm.

Brewing, like any craft, is a dialogue between craftsperson and community, and we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local producers. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! You can contact the brewers anytime at brewery@thetopofthehill.com.

currently on tap

 
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kenan LAGER

A refreshing beer with a very light color, a delicate taste & a dry finish. Named after UNC benefactors Frank & Betty Kenan as a token of thanks for giving the proprietor his law school scholarship.

ABV | 4.2%
[16oz] | $5.50
[10oz] | $4.50
[5oz] | $2.75

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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%
[16oz] | $5.50
[10oz] | $4.50
[5oz] | $2.75

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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%
[16oz] | $6.00
[10oz] | $5.00
[5oz] | $3.00

 
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blue ridge Blueberry wheat

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

ABV | 4.7%
[16oz] | $5.50
[10oz] | $4.50
[5oz] | $2.75

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straight haze session ipa

Celebrate your 4.0 with this 5.0% ABV session IPA. Brewed with El Dorado and Cascade hops and dry hopped with sixteen pounds of Amarillo, this hazy brew presents intense yet refreshing notes of citrus and stone fruit.

ABV | 5.0%
[16oz] | $5.50
[10oz] | $4.50
[5oz] | $2.75

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summer glaze donut stout

This velvety pastry stout was brewed with over twenty pounds of house-made glazed donuts. Brown sugar and local honey compliment notes of bitter coffee.

ABV | 5.5%
[16oz] | $5.50
[10oz] | $4.50
[5oz] | $2.75

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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 ABV’s (5% or less), balanced flavors, and mellow 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 in cask and are served at cellar temperature, resulting in a more lightly carbonated, smoother beer. We often offer a traditional English pub-inspired cask, as well as something a bit wilder.  

 

CURRENT SELECTIONS

Hanami Cherry Shandy

Old Well White aged with cherry purée

Chocolate Donut Stout

Our donut stout with a more pronounced chocolate finish.