With nearly 100 breweries and brewpubs, and more craft breweries than any other Southern state, North Carolina is quickly emerging as a marquee destination for beer lovers. This month, there's even more reason to raise a toast, as North Carolina is currently hosting its second annual Beer Month.
In the year since the inaugural North Carolina Beer Month, the state has averaged a new craft brewery opening per month, and even more are preparing to open soon. For Beer Month, dozens of breweries from Asheville to the Outer Banks are partnering with restaurants, inns, and attractions to create unique experiences. Special beer-themed events will be held throughout the state throughout April:
- On April 10th, The Carolina Inn’s Carolina Crossroads restaurant will pair local craft brews from the Aviator Beer Company with a three-course meal ($45). On April 15 and 22, enjoy complimentary yoga sessions at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte.
- A party hosted by Chapel Hill's Lantern Restaurant along with the Fullsteam, Mother Earth, and Dashi brewing companies will be held in the restaurant’s new outdoor garden (April 22nd; $75).
- Highland Brewing, the first of the 18 craft breweries that put Asheville on the beer map, will hold a 20th anniversary celebration with live music and a Scotch Ale release on April 19.
- The Raleigh area will go all out with Brewgaloo, a combination beer festival/food truck rally on April 16 (five beer tokens for $25 or Taster Cards with five 3-ounce pours for $5).
- Open through April 30th, the Brewmaster Experience sweepstakes will award one lucky winner a two-night stay at the Aloft Charlotte Uptown and two days working with the NoDa Brewing Comany staff to create a 10-gallon batch of beer (to be named by the winner) for the brewery’s NoDable series.
For more information and a full calendar of events, go to the official North Carolina Beer Month website.