The first time my husband and I tried to find the Green Heron Ale House, I’ll admit it, we got lost. Tucked away in the bowels of rural Stokes County, North Carolina, just outside of Danbury, the rustic brew pub and live music joint is located in the shadow of Hanging Rock State Park on the banks of the meandering Dan River. And while it’s not easy to find, it is worth the trip.
Dubbed “A Music Venue With Drinks — Not a Bar With Music,” it’s a great place to land after a hike up the mountain or float trip down the river on a Saturday afternoon when there’s more often than not a craft beer or local wine tasting on tap and live music from bluegrass to blues to be discovered starting at 8 p.m. The 10 brews on tap range from local to national and include hard cider. Our friends and local musicians, Mason Via and Will Easter, can be found hanging out on the porch that hangs over the rushing river, among many others including Via’s father, award-winning songwriter David Via, who has won MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest three times.
Saturday, July 22, is no exception when The King Bees, playing the blues since 1987, are set to hit the stage. Marc Coltrain writes in Living Blues Magazine, “The King Bees’ CAROLINA BOUND could serve as a soundtrack to a blues who’s who Saturday-night house-rent party.. It showcases their talented friends along with the King Bees own signature sound… Gritty.. smoking.. This disc works on several levels featuring a multitude of distinct styles and quality performances.. This is a worthy addition to any stack of party records.”
If you go
Green Heron Ale House (View), 1110 Flinchum Rd. Danbury, NC 27016