Beer Lover? North Carolina is for you!
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the fifth year in a row they have an exciting array of activities lined up for beer loving visitors to the State.
Whether it’s April or October; the state is one of the best for craft brewing with unique and exceptional flavours that draw on the rich agricultural heritage. Craft breweries flourish across North Carolina and have tripled since 2010. The number of breweries currently standing at more than 180, which is one of the highest counts per State in the USA.
In April 2017, Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild join forces to host NC Beer Month for its fifth year. Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Hickory and the Outer Banks will all celebrate regional beer culture with festivals, beer weeks and other events. More than 100 breweries — from the mountains to the coast — are participating, ranging from veteran, award-winning brewhouses to newcomers on the scene eager to make a name for their batches. For the third year in a row, visitors can pick up a Pint Hound Passport at participating breweries – or download it – then collect stamps from the breweries they visit throughout April and will be rewarded with NC Beer Month memorabilia.
It is no secret that Asheville has grown into the eastern U.S. craft beer destination. The story began in 1994 when retired engineer Oscar Wong opened Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s first craft brewery. Wong’s insistence on high-quality product made Highland a success and led to a new wave of local breweries - Green Man, Asheville Brewing, French Broad, Pisgah and more. Today, there are 35 breweries in the Asheville area and that number is continually growing. For visitors to the city LaZoom’s Band & Brew Tour offers a memorable pub crawl visiting a couple of Asheville breweries with a live band on the big purple bus!
As craft beer continues to dominate Charlotte’s cultural scene, the city is now home to several year-round brewery tours. Take a Saturday Brewery Tour with Charlotte Brews Cruise or climb aboard the Trolley Pub Charlotte to sip and pedal your way through the city’s craft draft districts. Charlotte NC Tours’ Bikes & Brews Tour is another great way to wheel around neighbourhoods and sample suds from several breweries.
For those wanting a taste of more than just beer Johnston County has created a Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. Enjoy a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair overlooking the vineyards and watch the sun set. Try local brews using sweet potatoes or watermelons from nearby farms, and locally-milled grits. See the corn growing that will be used to make a batch of legal moonshine before trying it.
The Raleigh Beer Garden is the current world record holder for the world's largest selection of draft beer. With a several bars, rooftop patio, games room and a huge variety of local and international beers, this is the ultimate tasting destination for any beer lover.
Visit the Cities and Regions pages to learn about beer destinations.
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