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Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company

- Present

Fiddlin’ Fish is the brew-child of Stuart Barnhart of Winston-Salem and his cousin David Ashe of Richmond. Together, they share a passion for cold beer and a love of the outdoors. The brewery, on Trade Street, has a 15-barrel brewhouse producing traditional styles as well as an ever-changing cast of seasonals and one-offs. The Fish also has seven TVs showing all your favorite sports, a projector screen for big games, and regular live music, games, and events. Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company is about community, beer, and paddling your own path down the river. Look for Stuart who will be brewing behind the steel frame windows reclaimed from the old Nissen Wagon Works factory, or David managing the taproom painted by local artist Hieronymus.


Oral history interview with Stuart Barnhart (2019)

Originally from Galax, Virginia, Mr. Stuart Barnhart and cousin David Ashe founded Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2017. Mr. Barnhart and Mr. Ashe left their jobs in finance and hospitality to open a brewery that centered on community, beer, and paddling your own path down the river. In his interview, Mr. Barnhart discusses the challenges opening Fiddlin’ Fish, the brewing scene in Winston-Salem, community engagement, and the future for Fiddlin’ Fish.

View the Stuart Barnhart oral history interview.

Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company Archive