Natty Greene's Pub and Brewing Co.

345 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, 27401, United States
(336) 274-1373
Latitude: 36.06856, Longitude: -79.79043

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  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.50 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.50 | Food: 4.00
88.3
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 6 reviews.
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Thursday 2nd of December 2010 09:04:47 PM
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Beer Basics: knowledgeable friendly staff, great beer at a good price, but not much of a happy hour.

Overall Review: Home Run!

An easy one to pair considering the beer is available at the local ballparks AND is even sold on Thirsty Thursday (smart marketing!) for 1.00 draft beers and 2.00 tall beers. A definite steal! While we did actually try their beers at the Greensboro Grasshoppers stadium first, we enjoyed them so much, we made a specific trip to visit their brewery in person.

A large building on the corner of South Elm Street, Natty Greene’s was apparently one of the first buildings to move into the area, and is therefore credited with helping to spark the revitalization of the downtown. It has tables on the outdoor patio, a restaurant style seating area when you first walk in, a long bar near the vats, and a large upstairs with second bar and game room (arcade, shuffleboard, darts, etc) with multiple HDTVs, finally a large private party room completes this complex.

Named after Nathaniel Greene, a general who made a name for himself during The American Revolution, It is beautifully decorated with murals giving you a glimpse of what historic Greensboro may have looked liked. Dark wood and a very interesting chandelier add to the atmosphere. There is no real happy hour, but each day they offer a “brewer’s choice” for 3.00/pint. We were only able to stop by for afternoon brews, but judging by the amount of people who were hanging out on a Tuesday afternoon; we would have loved to see it on a Friday or Saturday night as it is obvious this is neighborhood evening hot spot.

Brew Breakdown:
This restaurant may have been where the original inspiration for this website hit…and after some research and a little coaching from the Natty Greene wait staff on exactly what IBUs are (basically, it measures the bitterness of a beer. The higher the number, the bitterer the beer) we were off and running!

Revolution American IPA – A very popular seasonal. They were out of this one on our first visit, so Jim was kind enough to make a return trip in the name of journalistic thoroughness. 6.7% ABV with an IBU rating of 78 (read very bitter). A strong beer, with many layers, and a definite aroma. Kinda like a soldier during the Revolutionary War.

Southern Pale Ale – 5.2 ABV. This was an interesting beer, neither light, nor heavy. On first taste it is bitter and almost has a woody smell but finishes smooth and slightly citrusy. Pale but strong

Summerfest Dormunder Lager – 5.2% ABV. this beer is a great summery confection. Made with both malt and noble hops, it is drier and chewier than many summer ales or witbeers, which makes it perfect for those who want a lighter but full flavored summer lager that refreshed without being overly fruity

Buckshot Amber Ale – 4.8 ABV. Gillian’s favorite. A colored beer with a toasty aroma and a hint of toffee. A well balanced ale that has the hint of sweet expected in an amber, but without being overpoweringly so. It is a smooth but rich beer with very little aftertaste.

Old Town Brown Ale – 4.7% ABV. The bartender knew a lot about this one. It’s an English style beer which in this case means toasted malts and chocolate. Great dark color that’s thick and delicious.

Slam Dunkelweizen – 5.1% ABV. While dunkels usually don’t rate very high on our list of favorite beers, they promoted this one as having a pineapple accent which was just intriguing enough to make us want a taste. Definite clove smell and wheaty thick body. The pineapple is there in the aroma and the aftertaste, but it’s one of those ingredients that you might not identify until you’re specifically looking for it. Not one you can order back to back to back, but absolutely worth ordering.

Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: 4.0
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mjmadden (8)
Thursday 22nd of July 2010 03:17:33 PM
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Natty Greene's is a decent brew pub in the downtown area of Greensboro. They have their staple beers and some seasonals (I am a fan of the American Stout). The place is huge, 2 floors, outdoor seating, bar upstairs, and a bar downstairs. Food is well above average for bar/brewpub food and I have never had an issue with the service. All in all, a decent place and might be worth a stop if you passing through town.
Selection: 3.75 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.25
80.0
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Friday 3rd of October 2008 02:51:44 PM
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Natty Greene's downtown location has not only helped to revitalize the downtown scene, but has also brought some well made, delicious beers to Greensboro NC.

There is a nice, family oriented dining room downstairs along with a smaller bar. Upstairs you will find a more traditional bar area with multiple TV's, pool table, darts and a couple of video games.

The core beers are all very well made, although one of my favorites is the Cannon Ball Double IPA.

The food is above par and in my experiences the service has always been very good.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.25
88.3
Overall

hoppedup (24)
Wednesday 1st of October 2008 04:08:26 PM
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This is my local brewpub. It's in the revitalized downtown/Elm St. corridor. There is a large patio area for nice days. The only non-smoking area is the downstairs dining area and you have to order food to be seated. This can be a pain, as there are always smokers at the bar. There is a bar area upstairs with several large tables. There is Foosball, Pool tables and a few video games in the back.

The beer at Natty's is generally very average. They usually have 11 or 12 of their own on-tap, representing various styles (hence the 5 for selection). Currently, the following styles are represented: Stout, Pale (And Extra Pale), IPA, Amber, Golden, DIPA, Wit, Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, and Brown Ale. There is a beer engine here that is almost never used. Grumble, grumble.

The Full Moon IPA is the best beer they've done IMO. Some of their seasonals seem to hang on for a while. The Full Moon has been around for about a year. Thursday is $2 pints. Taster sizes (4 oz.)are available and bartenders will always pour small free samples (just don't get greedy)

The food is good here and reasonably priced. I'd eat at Grey's Tavern next door and have a Foothills brew if I were a beer tourist. Then move over to Natty's and get a sampler.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.0
90.0
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Izzy (43)
Wednesday 25th of July 2007 09:35:20 AM
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Historic downtown vibe with hardwoon floors and punched tin ceilings and exposed ductwork, atmosphere I like in a pub. My bartender was way friendly, and while they don't do a taster set-up, she let me try several beers. While I hemmed and hawed, she managed to call me darlin', sweetheart and babydoll. Then I noticed that she called co-workers baby, as well, so I wasn't special, she was just nice.

Musta been 8 or 10 beers on tap, which I'd say is generally good for a brewpub. I managed to try the stout, dunkelweizen, smoked porter and dubbel. Not yet blown away, I decided to order the brown ale, which took a GABF medal in '06. All the beers were well-brewed. I did not eat on this go-round, so can't speak to the food.

All in all, a good place to hit if passing through and nothing to complain about if you're local. If only the beers were as honey-pumpkin-sugar-pie as my bartender.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.75 | Food: N/A
86.7
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Flash (9)
Thursday 19th of April 2007 10:38:53 AM
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Old historic building on the corner. Downstairs has a non-smoking dining area butting up to the smoking bar area. High ceillings and not much dampening makes for a loud atmosphere when busy. No quiet romantic conversations here. Family friendly in the nonsmoking downstairs. Upstairs holds a larger smoking area with plenty of tables, games, TV's, and that meat market feel. Outdoor patio is wonderful in good weather to people watch, soak up some sun, and smell the wondrous aromas of brewing.

5 or so core beers on hand all the time (mostly). There was a time when production could not meet the demand of supplying the baseball park with beer, so we'll see this year how/if that has improved. 7 purported seasonals on all the time per their website, but my latest visit yesterday yielded only 3. Seasonals are adventurous for the Greensburger crowd: weizenbock, smoked porter, dubbel, ESB, etc.

Typical pub fare, heavy on sandwiches and burgers. A few wraps. Half a dozen plated dishes. Daily non-menu special keeps things interesting, as the food menu has not changed since they opened. Desserts by Cheesecakes by Alex, although I still have not priced whether or not it's cheaper just to walk half a block down Elm Street to Alex's and eat there instead.

Clean beers. Nothing really earth-shattering. But I've never had an off beer, nor a dirty line, in all the times I've come here. Foothills has overtaken Natty's in my opinion; but sometimes it's easier to drive the 10 minutes to Natty's then the 35 to Foothills. If I want to be blown away by beers, I'll go to Foothills. For a simple variety and to stay local, Natty's is the easy choice.

[EDITED 8/6/07: I finally got around to re-reviewing my local brewpub. Shame on me. The beer situation seems to have been fixed for good. A full complimnent of house brews plus a good 3 or 4 seasonals are on ALL THE TIME now. Life is good.]
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.0
85.0
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A classic building
A classic building
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Selection of taps
Selection of taps
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Natty patio and entry
Natty patio and entry
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CannonBottle
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Brew Room from stairs
Brew Room from stairs
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