North Carolina has become one of the best states in the South for beer enthusiasts, with new breweries being opened year round. Our great state is home to some amazing craft beer and breweries, and choosing just five for our list was a daunting task (there are many more amazing breweries not included in our list, we encourage you to check out Carolina Brew Review for updates and more options).
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Without further ado, here’s our list of 5 amazing breweries in North Carolina that you need to sample.
Carolina Brewing Co. – Holly Springs, NC
Started by two brothers, John and Greg Shuck, and their friend Joe Zonin, Carolina Brewing Company was founded in 1994. Operating out of Holly Springs, they offer brewery tours every Saturday at 1:00pm, or private tours can be arranged for a fee. If you can’t make it into the brewery, they distribute in 52 counties across Central and Eastern North Carolina, be sure to try some for yourself.
Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Boone, NC
Not only is their beer fantastic, their Pints for Non-Profits program helps support organizations who are dedicated to enriching the land, water, air and people of the high country. Stop by the taproom in Boone, and sample some of their first class beer and cider.
Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NC
If you love good beer and live music, you absolutely must check out Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain. Pisgah Brewing offers free brewery tours every Saturday at 3:15pm, and often features live music as well. Be sure to check their website for upcoming events.
Raleigh Brewing Company – Raleigh, NC
Not only can you enjoy some amazing beer at Raleigh Brewing, you can even learn how to brew your own at their home brew & commercial shop, Atlantic Brew Supply. The taproom features large murals of Raleigh, and the staff is full of local pride. This brewery is easily one of the best in North Carolina.
Red Oak Brewery – Whitsett, NC
Red Oak claims to produce the “Freshest, Purest, Bavarian Lagers in America”, and we couldn’t agree more. Their beer is brewed according to the 1516 Law of Purity, only using Bavarian hops, malted barley and yeast, with none of the 400 additives and preservatives allowed in US beers. If you want fresh and delicious, be sure to visit Red Oak in Whitsett.