Statewide Release of “NC Gose West”

North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild

Last August, more than twenty brewers from around North Carolina came together at Mystery Brewing Co. in Hillsborough to brew “NC Gose West,” the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild’s first collaboration beer. The beer was brewed entirely with ingredients sourced from North Carolina: barley and wheat from Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House; muscadine grapes from Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin, NC; fresh hops from several NC hop farms; and Outer Banks sea salt from Southern Shores, NC.

This sour and salty beer was recently available at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and then also at the World Beer Festival in Durham. But if you weren’t able to attend those festivals, worry not — the beer will see a statewide release this Thursday, Oct. 16, with a variety of bars and breweries tapping it on the same day.

Those establishments are:

  • Bombshell Beer Co., Holly Springs
  • Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham
  • Common Market, South End, Charlotte (in conjunction with Wooden Robot Brewery)
  • Double Barley Brewing, Smithfield
  • Gibb’s Hundred Brewing, Greensboro
  • Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh
  • Lonerider, Raleigh
  • My Way Tavern, Holly Springs (in conjunction with Carolina Brewing Co.)
  • Mystery Brewing Public House, Hillsborough
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing Co., Greensboro
  • Top of the Hill Brewery, Chapel Hill
  • Triangle Brewing Co., Durham



Fullsteam’s Tree-to-Sea Gose to benefit Pints for Prostates

Fullsteam Tree-to-Sea Gose

Fullsteam Brewery’s Tree-to-Sea is aptly named, sourcing spruce tips from North Carolina’s mountains and sea salt from the Outer Banks. Barley from the mountains plus hops, coriander, and wheat from the state’s piedmont area also go into this beer, which benefits Pints for Prostates and will be available through The Rare Beer Club.

“We literally drove from one end of the state to the other to gather ingredients for this distinctly North Carolina beer,” said Fullsteam’s founder Sean Lilly Wilson in a press release. “This is the first Gose Fullsteam has made and the pine, salt and sour come together for a unique taste of place — the great state of North Carolina.”

Tree-to-Sea will be packaged in 750 mL bottles. To get your hands on one, you should:

1. Visit Fullsteam in Durham on Oct. 11 from 4-6 p.m., when the brewery will release the beer and host a Pints for Prostates awareness event.

2. Join The Rare Beer Club between now and Sept. 15.

The beer will also be poured at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. This event is put on by Pints for Prostates, which “reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health.”

Olde Hickory Reveals Redesigned Labels, 12-ounce Bottles

Now in their 20th year, Olde Hickory Brewing is a veteran among North Carolina breweries. And while they have been brewing a great selection of core beers, seasonals and limited releases for two decades now, they could use a refresher when it comes to their label designs.

Their new labels for their core beers show that they will get that and then some. Olde Hickory has unveiled sharp new labels that all feature a cohesive look and important “vitals” about the beers. You will notice that most of the labels below say “22 ounces,” but the brewery says these will actually be changing to 12-ounce bottles to be sold in six-packs.

Personally, I think the new labels look great. What do you think about the new designs and the move to six-packs?

Oct. 13 edit: I just added the new labels for Event Horizon and Lindley Park. 

Black Raven Death By Hops Hefe-Weizen Hickory Stick Stout Piedmont Pilsner Ruby Lager Table Rock Pale Ale

Olde Hickory Oktoberfest

Olde Hickory Event Horizon Olde Hickory Lindley Park

Olde Hickory Redeember

NC and SC Brewers Take Home Medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship

2014 US Open Beer Championship Winners

While thousands across the nation were sipping on their favorite beers this Fourth of July, the United States Open Beer Championship decided to announce their own favorites from this year’s competition. The U.S. Open Beer Championship is held every year, and it is open to both commercial breweries and award-winning homebrewers.

More than 3,000 beers spanning 81 different categories were judged, and NC and SC both did pretty well. And as you’ll see below, several of the breweries took home more than one medal (we’re looking at you, Lonerider!)

The full list of winners can be found on the US Open Beer Championship site, but here are the NC and SC breweries that took home medals:

Gold in English Mild Ale: BearWaters Brewing Sliding Rock Ale (Waynesville, NC)
Gold in Specialty / Anything Goes: BearWaters Brewing Minorcan Porter (Waynesville, NC)
Gold in Belgian Witbier: Mother Earth Brewing Weeping Willow Wit (Kinston, NC)
Gold in Wood / Barrel-Aged Strong Stout: Mother Earth Brewing Silent Night (Kinston, NC)
Gold in Fruit Beer: Swamp Rabbit Brewery Red Whitey (Travelers Rest, SC)
Gold in American Cream Ale: Fullsteam Brewery El Toro (Durham, NC)

Silver in Vegetable Beer: Fullsteam Brewery Carver (Durham, NC)
Silver in Classic Irish Dry Stout: Lynnwood Brewing Kiss My Irish Stout (Raleigh, NC)
Silver in Robust Porter: Lonerider Brewing Deadeye Jack (Raleigh, NC)

Bronze in Barleywine: Lonerider Brewing Hangman (Raleigh, NC)
Bronze in Chocolate / Cocoa Beer: Lonerider Brewing Pistols at Dawn (Raleigh, NC)
Bronze in American-Style Black Ale (tie): Lonerider Brewing Cowboy in Black (Raleigh, NC)
Bronze in American-Style Black Ale (tie): White Street Brewing Black Falls (Wake Forest, NC)
Bronze in Foreign Stout: White Street Brewing Stout (Wake Forest, NC)
Bronze in Brown Ale: RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown (Spartanburg, SC)
Bronze in Altbier: Appalachian Mountain Brewery AMB Common (Boone, NC)
Bronze in Belgian Witbier: Swamp Rabbit Brewery Whitey (Travelers Rest, SC)
Bronze in Barrel-Aged Wood / Barrel-Aged Pale Beer: Mystery Brewing Batch #1 (Hillsborough, NC)

Eight NC Breweries take home medals at World Beer Cup 2014

World Beer Cup 2014

The World Beer Cup takes place every two years, honoring “the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver, and bronze awards.” The event’s website describes it as “The Olympics of Beer Competition” and “the most prestigious beer competition in the world.”

On Friday, April 11, eight North Carolina breweries took home medals at the event, which took place in Denver, Colo. Half of those medals were gold: White Street Brewing in Wake Forest took gold for their Kölsch-style ale, Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills did the same for their MeyerBock, Asheville Brewing Company medaled with their Ninja Porter, and NoDa Brewing Company garnered gold with their popular Hop, Drop ‘n Roll. That last one was especially impressive, since the American IPA category was the most crowded category at the World Beer Cup with 224 entries.

Olde Hickory’s Irish Walker won silver in the Old Ale or Strong Ale group, and Lynnwood Brewing Concern’s Once You Go did the same in the American-style Black Ale category.

And White Street Brewing wasn’t the only NC brewery to win a medal in the German-style Kölsch category, as Mother Earth Brewing won a bronze with its Endless River. Also winning a Bronze was Wicked Weed Brewing, whose Tyrant Double Red was third-best in the Imperial Red Ale category.


North Carolina’s Brewery Growth for 2013

2013 New Brewery Openings - Craft Brewers Conference

Photo courtesy of Mystery Brewing’s Erik Lars Myers.

If you follow any breweries on Twitter, you’re probably seeing lots of tweets from the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver. Folks from NC breweries are proudly tweeting a slide that shows NC as having the fifth-most breweries to open in 2013 with 21. This number also means that the state had the highest percentage growth in the nation. The ranking went California with 65 new breweries, Washington with 43, Oregon with 25, Colorado with 24 and North Carolina with 21.

Twenty-one new breweries is no doubt impressive, but I went back through the book to see who the new players were and ensure that number is accurate. By my count, 30 breweries actually opened in NC last year.

  1. Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC)
  2. Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, NC)
  3. Oysterhouse Brewing (Asheville, NC)
  4. Thirsty Monk South (Asheville, NC)
  5. Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews, NC)
  6. Appalachian Mountain Brewery (Boone, NC)
  7. Innovation Brewing (Sylva, NC)
  8. Lookout Brewing (Black Mountain, NC)
  9. Blowing Rock Alehouse and Inn (Boone, NC)
  10. Fonta Flora Brewery (Morganton, NC)
  11. Hoots Roller Bar (Winston-Salem, NC)
  12. New Sarum (Salisbury, NC)
  13. Small Batch (Winston-Salem, NC)
  14. D9 Brewing (Cornelius, NC)
  15. Lake Norman Brewing Company (Mooresville, NC)
  16. The Unknown Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC)
  17. Bessemer City Brewing (Bessemer City, NC)
  18. Crank Arm Brewing (Raleigh, NC)
  19. Gizmo Brew Works (Raleigh, NC)
  20. Raleigh Brewing Company (Raleigh, NC)
  21. Lynnwood Grill (Raleigh, NC)
  22. Trophy Brewing Company (Raleigh, NC)
  23. Ponysaurus Brewing (Durham, NC)
  24. Bombshell Beer Company (Holly Springs, NC) *distributed kegs in 2013, opened taproom in 2014
  25. Deep River Brewing Company (Clayton, NC)
  26. Double Barley Brewing (Smithfield, NC)
  27. Hosanna Brewing (opened and closed)
  28. Steel String Brewery (Carrboro, NC)
  29. Beer Army Combat Brewery (Trenton, NC)
  30. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. (Beech Mountain, NC)