NC Beer Month Celebrates Towering Landscape of Brewcraft

April events highlight developments in the 'state of Southern beer'

Mar. 11, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15, 2016) – Between the opening of New Belgium’s Asheville brewery and the arrival of Bill's Front Porch Pub & Brewery on the coast, a range of new beer experiences will reward travelers during April’s NC Beer Month celebration. 

“The numbers alone are impressive,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina, which sponsors NC Beer Month with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. “The state has added more than 25 breweries in the last year to pass the 150 mark. But the real excitement lies in the quality and variety of the beer and the experiences in destinations from the mountains to the coast, in cities and towns and colorful communities. Beer travelers will find new reasons to love North Carolina.”

Here’s a glance at newly emerging points on the brewery landscape:

  • New Belgium opens Asheville brewery: The taproom at New Belgium’s Asheville brewery is on the verge of opening, and tours, exclusive pint nights and tasting events will begin in April. Of special interest: The New Belgium CeleBEERation Weekend sweepstakes on NCBeerMonth.com.
  • Raleigh and Wilmington hubs pick up steam: The Greater Raleigh area welcomes its 20th brewery with the April 2 opening of Bond Brothers Beer Co. in Cary. Wilmington, a coastal destination that’s on a beer roll, expects its ranks to swell with the arrival of Bill’s Front Porch Pub & Brewery in mid- to late April.
  • Salisbury and Waxhaw add dots to the brewery map: In the heart of the state, Salisbury’s New Sarum Brewing graduates from nano to full-scale brewery with taproom, opening the weekend of April 16. South of Charlotte, Waxhaw adds the Dreamweaver’s Brewery as a new place to taste.
  • Ben’s Tune-up unveils craft beers: Known for its varieties of American craft sake, Ben’s Tune-up in Asheville unveils a beer line at an April 21 celebration.
  • Sierra Nevada offers new amenities: Celebrating NC Beer Month with the reopening of its expansive patio, Sierra Nevada adds a dog park, fire pit, bocce ball and amphitheater to its campus in Mills River, between Hendersonville and Asheville.
  • Highland Brewing debuts new patio: Releasing cans for the first time, Asheville cornerstone Highland Brewing debuts two new brews along with a rooftop patio offering guests breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby hillsides.
  • Green Man Brewery opens Brewtique: Unveiling two new beers for NC Beer Month, Asheville’s Green Man Brewery launches an expanded tasting room and new Brewtique.

Beer-infused festivities 

NCBeerMonth.com’s events section is loaded with festivals, dinners, tastings and more activities throughout April. Here’s a sampling from the mountains to the coast:

  • NC Beer Month Kickoff at The Glass Jug: Durham’s popular craft beer store jumpstarts Beer Month on March 31 by tapping into the last keg from its Triple Ginger Triple collaboration with Mystery Brewing, a cask of Olde Hickory Brewery Event Horizon barrel-aged Imperial stout and exclusive ale courtesy of Wicked Weed Brewing.
  • Cask on Fools: Raleigh’s Crank Arm Brewing brings back its April 1 NC Beer Month kickoff for the third year, with unique casks from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Stay the night to enjoy the World Beer Festival Raleigh on April 2.
  • Beer, Barbeque and Whisky Tour: The Ridgeline Trolley covers Fonta Flora Brewery, Brown Mountain Bottleworks, Blue Ridge Distilling (Defiant whisky) and JD's Smokehouse in tours running April 2, 9, 16 and 23. Tours depart and return from downtown Hickory.
  • Sylva Brew Hop: Enjoy pours and prizes at Innovation Brewing, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, City Lights Café and Evolution Wine Kitchen. The Brew Hop takes place April 9.
  • Beer Guys and Fly Ties: The Bunker at Natty Greene’s Brewing inaugurates a new monthly event April 15, with Orvis experts, a fly-tying and casting competition, and craft beer to help everyone swallow fish stories.
  • A Craft Beer Dinner: Four-course dinner at Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails in Charlotte starts with a Beer & Bacon Flight and ends with Ice Cream Stuffed Bread Pudding, pairing each course with North Carolina craft beer. The date is April 21.
  • Down East Beer & BBQ Festival: Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield inaugurates a new festival featuring beer and a barbecue competition on April 23.
  • Waterline Brewery to Bottleworks Cross City Bike Run: Pedal Wilmington’s Cross-City Trail from Waterline Brewing downtown to Lighthouse Beer & Wine at Wrightsville Beach, where everyone can join an outdoor party. The ride takes place April 30.

“We are excited about all the ways NC Beer Month is connecting the craftsmanship of our breweries with the dining and recreational wealth across the state,” said Margo Knight Metzger, executive director of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. “We call North Carolina the ‘state of Southern beer,’ and the beer alone is reason to visit. Combined with everything else, North Carolina is a must-visit state for beer travel.”

Find scores of April events and travel deals at NCBeerMonth.com, and stop by VisitNC.com for everything you need for planning a beer getaway.

About Visit North Carolina:
Visit North Carolina is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). Established in 2014, the EDPNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that oversees the state's efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. The mission of Visit North Carolina is to unify and lead the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. For more information on planning a trip to North Carolina, go to VisitNC.com.

About the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild:
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit industry trade organization whose mission is to advance the interests of the craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina has the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 150 breweries and brewpubs. For more info, visit www.ncbeer.org.

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CONTACT:

Scott Peacock
919-447-7783
scott.peacock@VisitNC.com

Margo Knight Metzger
919-413-8884
director@ncbeer.org

Maureen Haley
212-444-7145
maureen.haley@aboutdci.com