April is NC Beer Month: Go out and support one of our great local brewers
Raleigh, N.C. (April 1, 2019) —With more than 310 breweries and brewpubs in North Carolina – the most in the South – local beer is an essential part of our state’s experience. Visit our cities and towns this April during NC Beer Month, and join the month-long celebration of North Carolina’s beer craftsmanship and those destinations where it thrives .
On March 21st, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 2019 as NC Beer Month at one of North Carolina’s most esteemed breweries, Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. The proclamation reflects North Carolina’s status as the “State of Southern Beer,” and highlights its reputation for award-winning craft beers, use of rich NC agricultural ingredients, and booming economic impact of more than $2 billion annually and 12,000 jobs state-wide.
Throughout NC Beer Month, special events from the mountains to the coast will connect beer lovers with craft brews that draw on the state’s agricultural traditions, local chefs who pair their fare with beer, and lodging packages in destinations worth exploring.
Click here to explore the full NC Beer Month Events list, sponsored by the NC Beer Guys.
Here’s a small sampling (dare we say, “a flight”) of what to expect…
Breweries jump-started NC Beer Month with late March events including Cask on Fools at Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh, and a party at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery in Salisbury. Once April begins, travelers can find their way to large festivals that showcase a range of NC craft beer such as the long-running Hickory Hops in Hickory, Brewgaloo in Raleigh, and the inaugural Untappd Beer Festival in Charlotte.
Small towns are also creating their own NC Beer Month signatures. Edenton combines beer and history with its Taverns and Trolley Beer Tour, and neighboring Elizabeth City adds a competitive element with Bocce, Beer & Bites, one of three NC Beer Month events in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” Dare to join a Murder Mystery Evening at Skull Camp Brewing in Elkin, or visit Sylva, nestled in the Smokey Mountains, for it’s 4th annual Brew Hop event.
As you indulge in craft beer across the state, use Untappd, the popular “drink socially” app, to unlock NC Beer Month badges. Tag the craft brewery you’re at to accumulate four NC Beer Month Badges, and concurrently earn multiple chances to win one of these three amazing NC Beer Month Beercation Sweepstakes prizes:
- Wilmington: In five short years, the Port City has gone from one brewery to fifteen. Enjoy exploring the beer boom in downtown Wilmington with this two-night Beercation stay, compliments of the Hampton Inn by Hilton. Experience a bit of history with tickets to visit World War II’s most decorated battleship, the USS North Carolina. Watch the sunset as you cruise down the Cape Fear River with Wilmington Water Tours. Get your blood pumping on a tactical mission at Battle House Laser Tag. Jump on the Port City Brew Bus for a fun and educational tour of three of the area’s local breweries. And finally, enjoy a sampling of Wilmington’s great food and beer offerings with gift certificates from: Pour Taproom, Cape Fear Wine & Beer, Front Street Brewery, Bill’s Front Porch Pub & Brewery, Wilmington Brewing Company, and Wrightsville Beach Brewery.
- Rocky Mount: Rocky Mount Mills, a historic cotton mill on the Tar River, has been reborn as an innovative hub with brewery incubators, dining, shops and outdoor spaces made for beer moments. The Rocky Mount Mills VIP Beercation Weekend includes a two-night stay in the brand new ‘tiny house hotel’, River & Twine, tours and tastings at five resident breweries, a private brewing class with the Executive Brewmaster, a paddling excursion on the Tar River, dinner for two at Tap 1918, a gift certificate to Goat Island Bottle Shop, and a gift basket from Explore Nash County.
- Blowing Rock & Boone: Revel in the scenic beauty of North Carolina’s High Country in Blowing Rock & Boone. This Beercation includes a two night stay at the Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn. Relax amidst wildflowers & mountain scenery, as you spend the day floating on the New River, with two full-day river passes compliments of Wahoo’s Adventures! After a day on the water, enjoy dinner and craft beer with a $30 gift certificate from Lost Province Brewing Company. Cap off your adventure with a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the area’s largest breweries, Appalachian Mountain Brewery.
Good beer should be shared with friends. Here’s where you can find us socially:
- Follow us on @NCBeerMonth for the latest news, events.
- Follow our beer-related Twitter list to see what NC breweries and enthusiasts are saying
- Share and tweet your own Beer Month experiences and photos with the #NCBeerMonth hashtag
- Follow NCBeer on Twitter
- Follow NCBeer on Instagram
Happy NC Beer Month!
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 North Carolina’s craft breweries and to promote North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina has the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 300 breweries and brewpubs. For more info, visit www.ncbeer.org.