North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries
- 21 brewpubs.
- 28 production breweries.
- 100s of beer styles.
- Most Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewer.
- N.C. brewers have taken home more medals from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer festival than any state in recent years.
- Asheville edged out Portland, Oreg., for the title of "Beer City USA 2010". It has held on to the title for the past two years.
- N.C. Mountains: 1) Nantahala Brewing Company; 2) Frog Level Brewing Company; 3) Heinzelmannchen Brewery; 4) Wedge Brewing Company; 5) Craggie Brewing Company; 6) Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company;
7) Green Man Brewery; 8) Oyster House Brewing Company; 9) Lexington Avenue Brewery; 10) French Broad Brewing co.; 11) Highland Brewing Company; 12) Southern Appalachian Brewery; 13) Pisgah Brewing Company;
14) Catawba Valley Brewing Company; 15) Olde Hickory Brewery; 16) Leo's Brewing Company.
- Central North Carolina: 1) Ass Clown Brewing Company; 2) Four Friends Brewing; 3) The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery; 4) NoDa Brewing Company; 5) Foothills Brewing; 6) Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery; &) Natty Greene's
Pub & Brewing co.; 7) Red Oak Brewery; 8) Carolina Brewery; 9) Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery; 10) Full Stream; 11) Bull City Burger and Brewery; 12) Triangle Brewing Company; 13) LoneRider Brewing Company;
14) Roth Brewing Company; 15) Boylan Bridge Brewpub; 16) Big Boss Brewing Company; 17) Carolina Brewing Company; 18) Aviator Brewing Company.
- Coast: 1) The Mash House Brewery & Chophouse; 2) Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery; 3) Railhouse Brewery; 4) Front Street Brewery; 5) Lumina Winery & Brewery; 6) Mother Earth Brewing; 7) The Duck-Rabbit
Craft Brewery; 8) Weeping Radish Farm Brewery; 9) Full Moon Cafe & Brewery; 10) Outer banks Brewing Station.
Craft beer history in North Carolina
- 2012. Erik Lars Myers chronicles the history of craft beer in the state in his book, North carolina Craft Beer & Breweries.
- 2010. Asheville is named "Beer City USA". It holds onto the title for the next two years.
- 2005. House Bill 392 - the "Pop the Cap" bill - is introduced to the North Carolina House of Representatives on February 24. North Carolina's new 14.9 percent ABV cap is born on August 13.
- 2003. Pop the Cap holds its first official meeting in January.
- 1987.Chesapeake Bay Brewing Company wins a Gold Medal for "Chesbay double Bock" at the Great American Beer Festival. It is North Carolina's first GABF medal.
- 1986. On July 4, Uli Bennewitz Weeping radish in Manteo becomes North Carolina's first brewpub.
- 1985. An amendment to North Carolina laws spearheaded by Uli Bennewitz makes brew-pubs legal in the state.
- 1983. The legal drinking age in North Carolina is raised from 18 to 21.
- 1955. Atlantic Brewing company becomes the first beer canning operation in North Carolina.
- 1937. The ABC Commission is established by the North Carolina government. It will go on to from most of the regulatory structure that still exists within the state.
- 1936. The North Carolina Beer and wine Wholesalers Association is established.
- 1935. Two years after the federal repeal, North Carolina repeals Prohibition.
- 1920. Prohibition begins when the 18th Amendment goes into effect on January 16. In December, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th Amendment, thereby ending Prohibition.
- 1908. An act "to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in North Carolina" is passed, making the sale or manufacture of "any spirituous, vinous, fermented, or malt liquors or intoxicating bitters" illegal. The act
has many loopholes.
- 1905. The Ward Law passes. It prohibits "the manufacturing of liquors in town of less than 1.000 inhabitants".
- 1903. The Watts Bills passes. It prohibits "both the sale and the manufacture of liquor outside of incorporated towns".
- 1881. A general prohibition law "with home-made wines and beers excepted" is passed by the North Carolina Assembly, but is defeated by a popular vote.
- 1874. The "local option" law is passed. It prohibits "the sale of spirituous liquors in townships where the people so determined".
- 1770. The town of Cross Creek (now Fayetteville) becomes the site of the state's first documented brewery, though whether or not the brewery was a commercial business is undetermined.
- 1710. An N.C. colonist writes home to Germany, requested brewing equipment because "the drink is very scare here". Barley is difficult to grow, so colonists make beer from persimmons, cder berries, corn, and molasses.
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