North Carolina - NC Breweries and destinations that love beer will roll out the barrels and the red carpet in April for the sixth annual NC Beer Month, a celebration full of festivals, Untappd badges, lodging packages, prizes and experiences that show why North Carolina is the "state of Southern beer."
"Our craft beer reflects the character of the place where it's made," said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina, which co-sponsors the celebration with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. "It connects to our farms, our rivers and our history with its local flavors, our brewers' passion, and even the names of breweries and beers. 'Noon Day IPA' could only come from Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. And 'Weissbound and Down' from Newgrass Brewing in Shelby."
With 50 new breweries opening since this time last year, beer trips will combine the freshness of a first-time visit with the familiarity of enduring favorites. Here's a glance at what you'll find.
You'll need more than 250 pins for the 2018 brewery map. New destinations extend from coastal Corolla (with Northern Outer Banks Brewing) and Elizabeth City (Ghost Harbor Brewing) to Roxboro in the Piedmont (Black Creek Brewery) and Marion in the mountains (Mica Town Brewing). The reinvention of Rocky Mount Mills reaches must-visit status with a cluster of breweries, including newcomer HopFly, TBC West and Koi Pond, with BDD opening soon on the mill's Tar River campus. FIND THE BEER: View the 2018 Beer Venues List