North Carolina craft breweries to visit
According to the NC ABC there are at least 48 breweries registered in the Tarheel State at the moment. If you weren’t already aware, North Carolina is serious about its beer. From Asheville to the Outer Banks, North Carolina has a plethora of tasting options for the hophead in you. If you’re planning on taking a trip to this fine state (and I do suggest you think strongly about it) here’s some of our favorite breweries from across the state. This list however, is just a sampling, there are MANY more that have been left off the list. Let us know in the comments if we’ve forgotten your favorite NC Brewery.
The Mountain Region (Asheville, Black Mountain, Boone & Blowing Rock)
- Craggie Brewing Company, Asheville: Home of the session beer. Drinking at Craggie is a unique experience, from the glassware to the tasting room itself. The pub is closed Mondays and call ahead for tour information.
- French Broad Brewing Co, Asheville: One of the 11 (and counting) breweries in Asheville alone! Makers of a European style beer, French Broad has been doing it right since 2001. Make sure to try the Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Ale.
- Highland Brewing Company, Asheville: Tours are available Monday-Saturday at 4pm. The tours are free, but donations for the Manna food bank are encouraged. The tasting room is open Thursday-Saturday at 4pm. If you plan ahead, you can join in on some nature hikes from the brewery too!
- Pisgah Brewing Company, Black Mountain: The only organic brewery in North Carolina, Pisgah has a beautiful location in the mountains. 10 miles east of Asheville, make sure to stop by when there’s a concert on. Tours on Saturdays at 2 and 3pm, and they’re open every day.
- Olde Hickory Brewing, Hickory: They use the freshest water that flows through the mountains of North Carolina in their beer. They have 2 locations in Hickory, but the one in Union Square has 20 taps, over 200 wines, and 750 liquors.
Triad (Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point)
- Foothills Brewing, Winston Salem: Home of the famed Sexual Chocolate Stout and Baltic Porter, stopping at Foothills is a must. The brewpub is open 11am-2am every day. Check out their website for their next beer school and don’t forget to bring your growler!
- Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co, Greensboro: The original location (now open in Raleigh too) the restaurant offers some fantastic people watching from either the loft or patio. They’re open from 11am to at least midnight, seven days a week.
- Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, High Point: Even though it’s located in a small town shopping center, this brewery is no trivial matter. Good food, plenty of TVs, and regular beer specials. Open at 11am everyday.
Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)
- Fullsteam, Durham: Chief Executive Optimist, Sean Wilson, is every NC craft beer drinkers hero. Sean is the man behind Pop the Cap, the campaign to remove the 6% limit ABV in NC.
- Triangle Brewery, Durham: Stop by one of the SouthEast’s original beer canning companies. They’ve been canning longer than anyone else (Mother Earth just started canning this year). Tours are free on Saturdays at 2pm.
- Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill and Pittsboro: (Not to be confused with Carolina Brewing Company) The original location, on Franklin St., is perfect for a pint before the game. The Pittsboro location offers tours at noon and 1:00 on Saturdays and is an ideal stop if you’re enjoying a leisurely day in Chatham county.
- Big Boss Brewing Company, Raleigh: Tours are at 2pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Odds are you’ll find a food truck or two on the premises then for some food too.
- LoneRider Brewing Co., Raleigh: Home of the gold medal GABF beer Sweet Josie Brown Ale, this is one of Raleigh’s newer breweries. Tasting hours are on Friday & Saturday, make sure to find the Nintendo system!
- Boylan Bridge Brewpub, Raleigh: Stop by Boylan for an unparalleled view of the Downtown Raleigh skyline. 5 year-round beers, seasonals, and pitchers are available along with a full menu. If it’s a nice day, make sure to sit out on the patio.
- Aviator Brewing Company, Fuquay Varina: A bit outside the Triangle, this airport themed brewery will have at least 7 beers to taste and it’s taproom is open seven days a week. Note: The taproom and the brewery aren’t in the same location.
- Carolina Brewing Company, Holly Springs: Purists of the pure, stop into the brewery to try one of their exceptional seasonal beers. Tours are free on Saturdays at 1 pm.
- The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville: The “dark beer specialist” brew some of the most popular porters, stouts, and brown ales in the region.
- Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston: The brewpub is 100% solar powered, they’re one of the newest canners in the SouthEast, and the beer is being put out at max capacity! Stop in for a drink Thursdays & Fridays, or every other Saturday.
- Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, Jarvisburg: Tours available Wednesdays at 11am. First come, first serve & $5 buys a tour & flight of tasters. Pub open Wednesday-Sunday. Check out great German-style beers and nitrate free meat!
Charlotte – maybe it’s because we’re spoiled by what we’ve been enjoying from other parts of the state the past several years, but Charlotte’s beer culture has yet to make it to a tap near us. Queen City, what have you got for us?
Special thanks to @CraftBeerApp for motivating us to post this sooner than later.