North Carolina’s brewery scene has been on the rise for several years, and the state now boasts the most significant number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 260 breweries and brewpubs spread around the state.
1.Raleigh Brewing Company
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Raleigh Brewing Company is Wake County’s third largest production brewery and produces over 4,500 bottles of handcrafted brews a year that embrace the rich heritage of the City of Oaks. Featuring a 20bbl and 3bbl brewhouse and a spacious taproom with 32 taps, the locally owned and operated brewery a beer-lover’s haven with a 144-tap North Carolina bar on the lower level, along with a high-end spirits bar, a 222-tap domestic and import bar on the main level, and a small rooftop bar with around 12 taps and fantastic views. Owned by Kristie Nystedt, the ¬first woman to own a brewery in the state of North Carolina, Raleigh Brewing Company has become the biggest brick and mortar homebrew supply shop on the East Coast and continues to grow from strength to strength.
3709 Neil St, Raleigh, NC 27607, Phone: 919-400-9086
2.Bear Creek Brews
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Bear Creek Brews is a nano-brewery that began as a home brewing hobby 12 years ago and developed into the favorite brew-making establishment it is today. Founded with the goal of increasing beer appreciation by offering a wealth of excellent beer choices, Bear Creek Brews produces a range of handcrafted beers made from fresh locally sourced ingredients such as American malts, hops, and yeast. Created in small batches to ensure that every bottle or keg is fresh and delicious, signature beers include Honey Pale Ale, Dirty Blonde Ale, Scotch Ale, Witbier, Joy’s Blonde Ale, ESB, Alt, and Kolsch, among others.
10538 NC-902, Bear Creek, NC 27207, Phone: 919-200-3930
3.Bhramari Brewing Company
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Named after the world’s first word for black bees and the Hindu Goddess of bees, Bhramari Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery that is globally infused, culinary-inspired, and experimental at its heart. Located in the acclaimed South Slope District of Asheville Breweries, Bhramari Brewing Company produces beers that are balanced and drinkable, such as the flagship IPA, Lorelai and the Good Fight Sour Pale Ale, Molly’s Lips Black Gose, and Painted Fortune. The gastropub also serves a menu of creative cuisine such as gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, hearty entrées and decadent desserts, and hosts events and functions throughout the year.
101 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828-214-7981
4.Big Boss Brewing Company
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Big Boss Brewing Company was founded in 2006 as a collaboration between UNC graduate, Geoff Lamb, and Brewmaster Brad Wynn, who boasts more than 12 of brewing experience including successes with Victory, Wild Goose, and Native Brewing Companies. Located on Wicker Drive in Raleigh, the laid-back brewery focuses on producing a range of flavorful and tasty beers in different styles, including year-round brews like Hell's Belle Belgian Blonde, Bad Penny Brown Ale, Angry Angel Kolsch Style Ale, Blanco Diablo Wit Ale, and High Roller IPA. Seasonal brews include Aces & Ates Coffee Stout, Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale, Big Operator Belgian Black Raspberry, Sack Time Amber Rye and Monkey Bizz-ness Belgian Style Ale. The brewery offers brewery tours every second Saturday of each month, which includes sample beers.
1249 Wicker Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604, Phone: 919-834-0045
5.Brevard Brewing Company
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Brevard Brewing Company is a laid-back, arty microbrewery with a tasting room offering house-made craft beers and live music. Owner and brewer Kyle Williams opened the brewery in downtown Brevard to tap into the community’s thirst for craft beer, which it has done with great success ever since. Located between Kiwi Gelato and Brevard Delicatessen on the Main Street, the brewery offers will be five beers on draft, including an American IPA, an American red ale, an American premium lager, a Munich Dunkel and the flagship brew, Bohemian pilsner, a lower-alcohol brew inspired by European-style lagers. Brevard Brewing Co.is, open Thursday through Sunday and hosts, live music and other artistic events throughout the month.
63 E Main St, Brevard, NC 28712, Phone: 828-885-2101
6.Broomtail Craft Brewery
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Broomtail Craft Brewery founded by husband and wife team, Barry and Lisa Owings in 2014 through a passion for brewing and with the intent of developing and producing high quality, delicious beer. The warm and welcoming brewery has a tiny taproom and some outdoor space, which makes for a cozy spot in which to taste some of the excellent brews, which boast an equine theme, like the Hay Bale Ale, Moe Beer, Rappe Imperial Stout, Red Roan, Acerbic Ecstasy, and Elysium Bier de Garde. Broomtail Craft Brewery beers can be tasted and purchased in the taproom or can be found in various bars, bottle shops and breweries around town.
6404 Amsterdam Way, Wilmington, NC 28405, Phone: 910-264-1369
7.Brown Truck Brewery
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Founded by two friends with a combined passion for brewing and love for making beer, Brown Truck Brewery opened to the public in 2016 and has a been a friendly community gathering spot and award-winning brewery ever since. Located in the Uptown district of High Point, the brewery is a community gathering spot with nationally award-winning beer and a friendly, relaxed vibe. Brown Truck features a 10-bbl. Brewing system and all brews are sold on the premises, along with a selection of outsourced cider and wine. Signature beers include No. 4 Saison, No. 10 American Light Lager, No. 14 IPA, No. 19 Belgian Wit, No. 47 Fainting Goat Spirits Saison, all of which can be tasted at the brewery in the taproom and purchased in various bars and restaurants around the state.
1234 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, Phone: 336-886-1234
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8.Catawba Brewing Company
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Catawba Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery and tasting room in downtown Morganton that produces a variety of ales and seasonal beers on tap. The 30-barrel Sprinkman brewhouse produces nine flagship beers and has a second brewery and tasting room in the South Slope area of Asheville where a 7-bbl brewery makes small batches of brews, and the barrel-aging program is housed. There is also a conveniently located tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village, and a third 10-bbl brewery and tasting room in the Plaza-Midwood area of Charlotte. Signature beers include year-round brews such as Hopness Monster, Farmer Ted, White Zombie, and Mother Trucker, while specialty and limited releases include Festbier, Friki Tiki, Drum Circle Haze, and Astral Bootie Beer.
212 S Green St, Morganton, NC 28655, Phone: 828-430-6883
9.Check Six Brewing Company
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Check Six Brewing Company is an aviation-themed brewery in North Carolina's Brunswick Islands that offers a range of freshly-brewed and handcrafted beer to this sleepy coastal town for the first time. The brewery features a cozy tasting room decorated with the signature World War I aviation accessories, including walls adorned with World War II paraphernalia and a bar in the shape of a top wing of a biplane. The beers also run with the theme, boasting names of famous WWI aces, planes or personalities, such as the Harley Pope Imperial Porter, named for pilot Harley Pope who crashed his plane in the Cape Fear River in 1919; the Flying Circus Coconut Hefeweizen, named for the Red Baron and his crazy comrades; and Dugan’s Chocolate Stout, a brew named for an Irish-American pilot.
5130 Southport-Supply Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461, Phone: 910-477-9280
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10.D9 Brewing Company
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Located in the Lake Norman town of Cornelius, North Carolina, the D9 Brewing Company features a 12,000 square foot production brewing and packaging facility that produces 15 draft beers that can be sampled and purchased in the modern taproom, seven days a week. D9 Brewing Company was started by two engineers and a doctor with a mission to offer the community a range of exciting and original crafted ales, and since the launch of their Taming Wild Beasts® in 2017, to become the leading producer of wild fermented beer in the southeastern United States. Other signature beers produced by the brewery include year-round essentials such as Swell Rider, Tangerine Session IPA, Brown Sugar Brown Cow, and Mocha Brown Ale, and sour ales like Viking, Scottish-Style Sour Ale, Whiskers, and Blonde Sour Ale.
11138 Treynorth Dr, Cornelius, NC 28031, Phone: 704-457-9368
11.Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery is a small packaging microbrewery in Farmville, North Carolina that was founded in 2004 and specializes in producing delicious, full flavored dark beers. All Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery features a 20-barrel brewhouse and all brewing, packaging, warehousing, and shipping are done at the facility in Farmville. The tasting room is located at the brewery and offers a range of diverse styles of beer that are produced at the brewery, including Milk Stout, Amber Ale, Brown Ale, and Hoppy Bunny ABA and can be enjoyed in pints, imperial pints, flights, and samples from the four-tap rotation. Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery is open Thursday through Saturdays, throughout the year.
4519 W Pine St, Farmville, NC 27828, Phone: 252-753-7745
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Flytrap Brewing is a community-centered neighborhood brewery and gathering spot in the port city of Wilmington, which boasts a vibrant history and burgeoning craft beer scene. The dog-friendly brewery pays homage to the Venus Flytrap, whose only native habitat in the world is around Wilmington. The brewery specializes in American and Belgian style ales, and produces small-batch brews of fresh, and creative beers, ales, lagers, pilsners, and more, hosts a variety of events and functions every month, including art displays and exhibits, and live music. Food trucks make regular stops at the brewery where visitors can purchase fresh food.
319 Walnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-769-2881
13.Free Range Brewing
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Free Range Brewing is a family-owned and operated brewery in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte that has been the talk of the town since opening in 2016. Owned by brothers, Jeff and Jason Alexander, the business was born as a labor of love and has grown into one of the neighborhood’s go-to spots for great beer and food and a friendly, welcoming vibe. Boasting indoor and outdoor seating, the brewery produces a range of small-batch rotating brews that are available on tap and include My Fair Lady, a high-gravity IPA; Sea of Companions Oyster Stout; You’re Everything I Need, a Carolina Hoppy Sourdough; Jenny Lost in the Woods, a Carolina Saison; and Barracuda Bill’s, a pseudo-pilsner. Free Range Brewing’s taproom is open seven days a week at various hours.
2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Phone: 980-201-9096
14.French Broad River Brewery
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French Broad River Brewery is a locally owned and operated brewery and tasting room in Asheville that offers homebrewed year-round and seasonal beers on tap, along with live music three nights a week. Founded in 2001 with the aim of creating traditional European style beers while keeping the unique flavor of the surrounding city, French Broad River Brewery is located on Fairview Road near Sweeten Creek and produces a range of beers that include offers six staples, year-round beers. Signature brews include the Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale, Ryehopper, Anvil Porter, 13 Rebels ESB, and IPA, which are always on tap, along with an array of seasonal specialties, and frequently a beer on cask. The tasting room is open Monday through Sunday.
101 Fairview Rd # D, Asheville, NC 28803, Phone: 828-277-0222
15.Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.
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Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains of North Carolina, Lazy Hiker Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery in Franklin that takes its name from the nearby Appalachian Trail. Founded by a team with a passion for beer and a love of the great outdoors, Lazy Hiker Brewing is situated in Franklin’s former town hall and fire department and serves their range of delicious brews to hikers, locals and visitors alike. The 15 barrel brewhouse creates signature beers including Trail Mate Golden Ale, Slack Pack IPA, Wesser Evil Porter, Needmore Ale, Sunsplash Grapefruit IPA, Amblin’ Amber Ale, and Twentymile IPA.
188 W Main St, Franklin, NC 28734, Phone: 828-349-2337
16.Mother Earth Brewing LLC
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Mother Earth Brewing is a green-conscious craft brewery located in Kinston, North Carolina that features a solar-powered taproom, drinks-only beer garden, and a lively, welcoming ambiance. Founded in late 2008 by owners Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring, the brewery currently produces four different styles of beer in bottles with labels featuring Eastern North Carolina scenes that reflect what it's like to live in Eastern North Carolina and painted by local Eastern North Carolina artist Dinah Sylivant. Mother Earth Brewing signature beers include an India Pale Ale called Sisters of the Moon; a Belgian Wit beer called Weeping Willow Wit, a Kolsch-style ale called Endless River; and a Munich-style Dunkel lager called Dark Cloud. The brewery also offers two beers available only in cans, namely a Hefeweizen called Sunny Haze, and a Pale Ale called Second Wind.
311 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501, Phone: 252-208-2437
17.NoDa Brewing Company
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NoDa Brewing Company is a laid-back barroom overlooking a local brewery that offers free tours and periodic live music. Based in the historic 2921 North Tryon building which dates back to the late 1930s, craft brewery features a 60-barrel brewing system and produces 25,000 barrels per year in a variety of styles, ranging from pale ales and porters to lagers and stouts. Brewmaster Chad Henderson has expanded the brewery not only in size but in the number of unforgettable beers he brews, including flagship brews like the World Beer Cup-winning Hop, Drop ‘n Roll, NoDa’s Gorgeous Pumpkin Ale with fresh pumpkin, cardamom, and shaved ginger root, and the New England–style IPA,” Good Will Hoppings.
2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206, Phone: 704-900-6851
18.One World Brewing
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One World Brewing is a local brewery with two locations in Asheville that offer flagship beers, unique offerings, and craft cocktails. Initially established in the heart of downtown Asheville in 2014, the brewery has just opened a second location in the West Asheville neighborhood with a 10-barrel brewhouse and accompanying taproom boasting a full circular bar. The West Asheville brewery features a large outdoor area lush greener, stonework, and yard games, live music in the evenings, and rotating food trucks on the weekends and there is free parking in the back off Allen Street. One World Brewing West is open seven days a week from noon to midnight.
10 Patton Ave #002, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828-785-5580
19.Pig Pounder Brewery
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The Pig Pounder Brewery is a local microbrewery specializing in the production of authentic British beers, including varieties like an English Dark Mild, an Extra Special Bitter, and a classic Milk Stout, for local venues around the city. Visitors can enjoy guided tours around the brewery, learning about the history of the facility and the production of craft beer along the way, as well as get to taste some of the brewery’s best products in the state-of-the-art interactive tasting room. Pig Pounder Brewery produces year-round brews such as Mild Mud, Plain Pig, and Boar Brown, as well as seasonal beers like Punk Piggy and Barbie Swine. Pig Pounder Brewery is open Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays.
1107 Grecade St., Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-553-1290
20.Ass Clown Brewing Company
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Boasting the largest selection of any brewery in the region with over 200 rotating beers on tap and by the bottle, Ass Clown Brewing Company is the place to go for popular and off-the-beaten-track brews. Growing from a garage setup to a fully operating brewery, the brewery uses a nine-barrel system that produces up to three different beers at once with an ever-changing list of beers in a variety of flavors and styles. The fun, laid-back taproom offers over 30 rotating taps of various styles, ranging from amber, pale, and blonde to brown, porter and imperials, and is open for tasting seven days a week.
10620 Bailey Rd E, Cornelius, NC 28031, Phone: 980-505-0399
21.Satulah Mountain Brewing Company
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Situated in the heart of Highlands, North Carolina, Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. produces premium craft beer inspired by the spectacular and wild natural beauty of the local landscapes. Opened in 2014, Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. began brewing 15 gallons of beer at a time before expanding to a 25-gallon brewing capacity, and recently a seven-barrel brewhouse with a 60-barrel fermentation capacity. Signature beers include Cullahaza IPA, Sunset Saison or Graham Cracker Nut Brown Ale, which are available on tap in the tasting room and cans at various outlets around the city. Satulah Mountain Brewing Company hosts several events and functions throughout the month, including tastings, launches and live music.
454 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741, Phone: 828-482-9794
22.Triple C Brewing Company
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Triple C Brewing Company is a dog-friendly neighborhood brewpub that produces and sells a range of handcrafted beers and ales in cozy, industrial-style digs. Named for the three owners, Chris H, Chris M and Christina M, each of whom handles different aspects of the brewery’s operations, Triple C Brewing Company is located the corner of Fairwood and Griffith in South End, Charlotte and features a brewery, taproom, and a friendly, welcoming ambiance. Signature brews include a Light Rail Pale Ale, Smoked Amber, and a Roasty Stout, which can be sampled and purchased at the taproom and various outlets throughout the city. Other favorite beers offered include Baby Maker, Golden Boy, Grill Friend, 3C, Liquid Hug, Crane City, and Runner’s High.
2900 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203, Phone: 704-372-3212
23.Waterline Brewing Co.
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Located in a historic 1940s-era warehouse beneath the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on Surry Street, Waterline Brewing Co. is a local brewery that produces a range of excellent handcrafted brews. Based in a rehabilitated section of the old Jacobi Hardware warehouse, interiors feature original concrete floors and rough-cut heart pine beams, maintaining the ambiance of the 1930s and 1940s era in which the warehouse was built. Waterline Brewing Co. features a state-of-the-art steam-fired five-barrel system that produces six flagship ales, including classic IPA, Pale, Red, Oatmeal Stout, Waterline Kolsch, and Tripel, along with several seasonals and exclusive releases.
721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC 28401, Phone: 910-777-5599
24.Wilmington Brewing Company
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Located in the heart of Wilmington, the Wilmington Brewing Company has grown from a small homebrew shop to a massive 11,800 square foot facility with a 3bbl and 25bbl brewery, tasting room, and a homebrew supply store. Owned and operated by John and Michelle Savard, the brewery produces a line of taps that include an extra pale ale, an India pale ale, a porter and seasonal Saison brews. Signature beers range from Tropical Lightning IPA, Blair’s Breakfast Stout, Sneaky Goose Double IPA, Damn Good Brown Porter, American Amber Ale, and Lemon Ginger Saison.
824 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403, Phone: 910-392-3315
25 Best North Carolina Breweries
- Raleigh Brewing Company, Photo: Raleigh Brewing Company
- Bear Creek Brews, Photo: Bear Creek Brews
- Bhramari Brewing Company, Photo: Bhramari Brewing Company
- Big Boss Brewing Company, Photo: Big Boss Brewing Company
- Brevard Brewing Company, Photo: Brevard Brewing Company
- Broomtail Craft Brewery, Photo: Broomtail Craft Brewery
- Brown Truck Brewery, Photo: Brown Truck Brewery
- Catawba Brewing Company, Photo: Catawba Brewing Company
- Check Six Brewing Company, Photo: Check Six Brewing Company
- D9 Brewing Company, Photo: D9 Brewing Company
- Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Photo: Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
- Flytrap Brewing, Photo: Flytrap Brewing
- Free Range Brewing, Photo: Courtesy of Peter - Fotolia.com
- French Broad River Brewery, Photo: French Broad River Brewery
- Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., Photo: Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.
- Mother Earth Brewing LLC, Photo: Mother Earth Brewing LLC
- NoDa Brewing Company, Photo: NoDa Brewing Company
- One World Brewing, Photo: One World Brewing
- Pig Pounder Brewery, Photo: Pig Pounder Brewery
- Ass Clown Brewing Company, Photo: Ass Clown Brewing Company
- Satulah Mountain Brewing Company, Photo: Satulah Mountain Brewing Company
- Triple C Brewing Company, Photo: Triple C Brewing Company
- Waterline Brewing Co., Photo: Waterline Brewing Co.
- Wilmington Brewing Company, Photo: Wilmington Brewing Company
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