Tuesday, August 7, 2012

North Carolina Craft Beer Boom

Just this year, three prominent craft breweries have announced they will be expanding into North Carolina. Sierra Nevada (Asheville), New Belgium (Asheville) and Oskar Blues (Brevard) will all be operational by early 2014.

Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale has long been my "staple" brew and is widely recognized as a pioneer in the craft brew movement. Two years ago, anywhere outside of Colorado, asking your waitress, "Do you guy's have Fat Tire?" would likely garner quizzical looks and a no in response. Now, it doesn't need to be asked...New Belgium is everywhere! Oskar Blue's can be given a lot of credit for the recent "craft in a can" explosion and Dale's Pale Ale is superb, a must try for anyone who hasn't tried it before.

These three craft brew behemoths expansion into North Carolina along with all of the North Carolina grassroots breweries (60+ as of June 2012) have our state recognized nationwide as a craft brew hot bed. This is exciting news for the future of craft beer in North Carolina.

I envision around April 6, 2020 there will be an announcement of a new craft brewery opening in the Blowing Rock, NC area. It's name....LUKE'S BREWS!!

Cheers to dreams and NC craft beer!