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Hook Hand – A Different Kind of Brewery & Pub

Hook Hand is an unusual name for a brewery or pub. The name Hook Hand is in reference to East Carolina University and their mascot – a pirate – and some pirates have Hooks for Hands.  Well, that is what Jeremy, the owner told me.

Photo of Hook Hand Brewery in eastern NC

Photo of everything is folk art in Williamston, NC

I must mention that not all the folks in this sleepy little town appreciate the Folk Art of Hook Hand. It is rather fitting that it is located next door to the Arts Council. I have two degrees in art and I LOVE this folk art.

In nice weather, you will see folks sitting around outside on mismatched chairs, just enjoying the Eastern North Carolina balmy nights.

Folks gather inside at Hook Hand Brewery in Williamston, NC

Every time I go, I meet someone new – and sometimes it is folks just traveling through who want to experience something different.  Above is owner Jeremy, Chloe from Big Mill B&B Extended Stay, Jody from Richmond, & Jim & Chris Guld – “Geeks on Tour” from Florida.

Check out the painted washing machine lids on the wall…$40 and you can take it home – I did.

Folk Art on Washing Machine lid at Hook Hand in eastern NC

Jeremy at Hook Hand Bar in Williamston, NC

Jeremy Reminded me That Everything is for Sale

Hook Hand is in what used to be a taxi stand/fish house. The train rolled right past the front door.

Colorful Entrance Door to Hook Hand Brewery in Williamston, NC

EVERYTHING is Folk Art at Hook Hand

Jeremy has encircled his brewery with old, no-good washing machines – he has given them a new life. A local artist Bill Fien, has painted bright, colorful, abstract characters on all these machines, reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.

Bill Fein, artist at Hook Hand Brewery in Williamston, NC

Bill is an art teacher here in Martin County, NC. For 30 years, Bill lived in Hawaii and New Y0rk City. While there he was a street artist, often using spray paint (with permission). He did site-specific art installations like painted mattresses for a gallery showing – and, yes, he slept on his art work. After New York, Bill moved to Maine and then Alaska. And here he is in eastern North Carolina!

If  you plan to “pass by” Williamston, NC, make time to pop in to Hook Hand. I promise it will be a one-of-a-kind visit! Be sure to check the hours of operation. Usually they are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

And certainly if you come here for temporary work, I will have a great place for your extended stay at Big Mill B&B.

Distances From:
Raleigh, NC – 96 miles
Greenville, NC – 30 miles
Outer Banks – 115 miles
Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Williamston, NC – 5 miles

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