Chapel Hill/Pittsboro, NC
In 1995, owner Robert Poitras opened Carolina Brewery’s doors on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. A
third generation UNC alumnus raised in eastern North Carolina, Poitras’ interest in craft beer began
while still in college when he traveled to Europe and became enamored with the local customs and flavors.
Upon returning home to North Carolina and graduating with honors from UNC Chapel Hill, Poitras searched
for a brew master. He found Jon Connolly at the world famous Siebel Institute and together the two men
have built Carolina Brewery. Their award winning, handcrafted beers have gained national recognition
with medals from the nation’s premier beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival (GABF)
and World Beer Championships. Recent GABF medals include Bronze Medals for their Oatmeal Porter and
Sky Blue Golden Ale in 2013 and 2012, respectively, and a Gold Medal in 2006 for their Flagship IPA.