Abita Springs, LA
The Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans and is privately owned and operated by local shareholders, many who have been with them since day one. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. They had no idea what they started. Customers loved the beer! By 1994, they outgrew the original site (now their 100-seat brew pub) and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand. Today, they brew more than 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer in a state-of-the-art brewing facility. Their lagers and ales are brewed in small batches and hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality.
Core Brands: 30/90 Lager, Amber, Andygator, Purple Haze, Wrought Iron
Appalachian Mountain Brewery focuses on building relationships with their community,
sustainable business practices, and supporting local non-profits. They also really enjoy
brewing great tasting, award winning beers and ciders.
Aviator Brewing Company opened the hangar doors on November 28, 2008. Literally. They started
brewing beer in an airplane hangar at Triple W airport in Fuquay Varina, NC. They moved the
airplane to one side and put in the boil kettle and mash tun! They have since moved to a larger
23,000 sq. ft. building in Fuquay Varina, added a hangar to the new building, and made it a bar!
Mills River, NC / Nellysford, VA
Bold Rock’s dedicated cider makers crush and craft locally picked apples to create a variety
of crisp and refreshing hard cider styles. That’s true at the two cideries built and established
at both ends of the Blue Ridge, including the flagship timber frame Cider Barn in Nellysford,
Virginia and the newer facility in the western North Carolina mountain town of Mills River. As
more people continue to enjoy their freshly crafted cider, Bold Rock founders John and Brian
are still committed to preserving their founding ideals: Real Apples. Real Craft. Real People.
Bull Durham Beer Company is the only brewery in the country to call a Minor
League ballpark home. Their game plan is simple. Bring fresh, local beer
to the fans at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the American Tobacco Campus, and
the greater Triangel area. Manager and Executive Brewmaster, Sebastian
Wolfrum is a left-hander out of Bravaria. He’s had stops at some of the most
storied breweries in Germany and has been a fixture of the North Carolina craft
brew scene since comingstateside. Bench Coach is Head Brewer, Tate Little.
Tate is living the dream as a home brewer called up to the bigs. Together they
bring a unique combination of experience and ingenuity to the brewhouse.
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.
From the sale of their first 5-barrel batch in 1995 to the christening of their 30-barrel brewhouse
in 2016, Catawba’s mission has remained the same: Produce drinkable flagship beers of the highest
quality. Create unique, small-batch beers inspired by the community, folklore, and lifestyle.
Educate anyone interested in craft brewing and craft beer. Grow a solid business that creates jobs,
withstands the inevitable ups and downs of the industry, and actively give-back to the community.
Ever since the summer of 1995, Dogfish Head has been brewing, cooking, selling and talking
everything beer. It’s their pastime, their passion, and their lives. 22 years later, they’re
just as dedicated to bringing off-centered goodness to off-centered people through beer,
scratch-made spirits, great food, their very own Inn and events around the country.
Salt Lake City, UT / Denver, CO
Admittedly beer geeks, foodies and “Epic” adventure junkies, David Cole and Peter Erickson,
the founders and co-owners of Epic Brewing Company, share a passion for making and drinking
fine ales and lagers. Cole and Erickson, originally from California, started an international
aquaculture company in Utah in 1992. In 2008, Utah law changed allowing these two entrepreneurs
to pursue their longtime dream of opening a strong beer microbrewery in Utah, like those they
frequented in the Golden State. The Epic team has a strong belief in doing everything “all out.”
The legendary Green Man has existed for centuries but it’s no myth that he’s been brewing
great beer in Asheville since 1997. As one of North Carolina’s oldest breweries, Green Man
has been producing some of the beer scene’s most iconic ales. Their offerings are consistently
recognized for quality as well as loyalty to traditional English styles. Additionally, their
brewers strive to bring innovative and exciting new flavors to beer loving folks.
Lonerider wears an air of mystery the way others wear cheap cologne. You can sense it before he
sets foot in the room and it lingers long after he’s gone. Tight-lipped and stoic, this man isn’t
impressed with fads or trends. He prefers beers that are more like himself—serious, strong, and
uncompromising. Beers like Lonerider. Let other brands cater to the whims of the crowd. Lonerider
answers to the man who isn’t afraid to drink like an individual, to the outlaw in all of us.
Natty Greene’s believes in taking the time to do and enjoy the things you love. For
them, it’s brewing sessionable style ales for people who like to drink beer, more
than one. In the South there’s nothing better than some elbow room, front porch
drinking, great friends, and the time to enjoy it all. Cheers and Taste the South!
Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen “Skip” Yahn started Southern Tier Brewing Company with the vision of
reviving the practice of small-batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002, with equipment
gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, they began production
in the woods just outside of Lakewood, New York. Today, Southern Tier has grown into one of the largest craft
brewers in the country, with hand-crafted ales available in more than thirty States and points beyond.
Don’t Float the Mainstream! SweetWater brewery has been makin’ tasty brews in the heart of the south
since 1997. What started as a pipe dream of two college buddies has turned into a dream job full of
great adventures and lip-smackin’ beers. What would you expect from a couple of boys with more of a
hankering for beers than for books? At SweetWater, they like to say “we’re not here for a long time,
we’re here for a good time.” It’s not just something that they say though, it’s how they live.
Tröegs Independent Brewery started as a family endeavor of the Trogner brothers, Chris and John, in 1997. Twenty years later, Tröegs is now a craft juggernaut of the northeast with a diverse portfolio of award-winning beers, including Tröegenator Doppelbock and Sunshine Pils, and annual crowd pleasers, like Mad Elf and Nugget Nectar.
Wake Forest/Youngsville, NC
White Street Brewing Co. is dedicated to the meticulous production of high quality, well-balanced ales and
lagers. From the classic styles to the worn brass handles of the taproom doors, White Street’s attention
to detail is reviving the time when neighborly craftsmen worked hard to do things the right way. There
are no gimmicks or distracting façades, just honest flavors that have nothing to hide. Each sip is the
result of true craftsmanship; reviving the era when things were done right the first time, every time.
Core Brands: Emmalynn, Hoptimist, Kolsch, Scottish
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