If you’re in the mood for a beer but not in the mood for excited “21-year-olds” who look suspiciously young, head to Steel String Brewery. On the western side of downtown Carrboro, it’s just about walkable from downtown Chapel Hill, but further than undergrads tend to go. Compared to other warehouse-style breweries in the area, this one is relatively small, with a dozen or so tables inside an exposed brick interior, plus a handful more under string lights out front. There’s often a food truck parked nearby for when you go in the early afternoon and “accidentally” find yourself still there at dinner time.
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