Chatham Hill’s First Fridays are a real party on the porch

people standing at bar

First Fridays bring out the crowds to Chatham Hill Winery.

First Fridays on the Porch are a real party at Chatham Hill Winery in Cary, and now that the winery is in the heart of town, it’s easier to join the fun. The new winery offers a friendly, laid back atmosphere with the same great wine it has been known for. A $5 cover charge gets you in ($3 for wine club members).

On a recent Friday, a downpour moved the porch party inside, but it didn’t discourage the crowds that came out for live music, the Chicken Cue food truck and a glass or a bottle of Chatham Hill wine for the evening. Last month featured beer tastings from Fortnight Brewing, soon to be Cary’s first brewery.

I’m not a big fan of IPA but Fortnight’s English IPA was amazing. English yeast and malts, combined American hops gave the beer a nice citrusy taste without the sharpness of most IPAs. When it opens, Fortnight will be just a short drive – or walk – from Chatham Hill, making this corner of Cary a hot spot for local beer and wine.

This first Friday, another night on the porch is planned, and with day temps expected in the 70s, it may just be a nice evening to be outside! From the website: “Live music provided by Back Porch String Band playing Bluegrass and Southern Folk, Ed Pratt and Bandmembers. Food truck this month will be D’Burritos. Wine and local BEER available.”

Bartender pouring beer

Fortnight Brewing serves samples at First Friday, Chatham Hill.

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