80+ Tasty North Carolina Breweries (The Best of the Best!)

Last Updated on June 22, 2022

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North Carolina breweries have continued to open and expand since the revolutionary Pop the Cap initiative in 2005. That’s when NC changed the laws for “alcohol by volume” from six to 15 percent.

Since then, the state’s great beer scene has boomed to more than 350 breweries. A visit to any of these high-quality great craft beer spots is easily one of the best things to do in North Carolina.

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We even celebrate NC Beer Month in October (formerly April) and thought for that momentous occasion, and for the rest of the year, we’d share our favorite breweries in North Carolina with you.

Many brew pubs offer a variety of special events beyond local beers, including live music, on-site restaurants, food trucks, and more. This guide to NC breweries includes more than 80 of our favorites, with nearly 150 locations overall.

We’ve alphabetically organized them within NC’s three regions from the mountains to the sea:

  • Western NC Breweries
  • Central NC Breweries
  • Eastern NC Breweries
Map of North Carolina Breweries

Our map displays the location of all these breweries in North Carolina. Select any of them and addresses will appear for each one. You scroll ahead to any of those sections or keep reading about our favorite breweries in Asheville, in Boone, and elsewhere in Western North Carolina.

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Western North Carolina Breweries

These are our favorite Western North Carolina breweries, featuring some great mountain towns beyond Asheville and Boone.

Appalachian Mountain Brewery (Boone)

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It’s not just about great beer at Appalachian Mountain Brewery. No, at AMB they continue to give back to the community by part of the proceeds go back to one of the hundreds of local charities they support.

But great beer is also part of the story. Distributed across the state, it’s hard to go wrong with a pint of AMB. Along with great beer, you can also order from their on-site Farm 2 Flame food truck.

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BearWaters Brewing (Canton and Maggie Valley)

North Carolina Breweries Bearwaters Brewing in Maggie Valey NC

BearWaters Brewing Company is a community fixture in Haywood County. Both Riverside (Canton) and Creekside (Maggie Valley) prepare and serve their own delicious food to accompany refreshing flagship beers and seasonals.

The comforting vibe of this North Carolina brewery is a great way to end a long, fun-filled day of adventure. Just sit back, relax, and listen to the creek ramble by!

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Beech Mountain Brewing Company (Beech Mountain)

Breweries in North Carolina Beech Mountain Brewing

You may know the High Country is packed with great ski resorts but did you know that one of the best North Carolina breweries awaits at Beech Mountain near Banner Elk?

Step inside the bi-level Beech Mountain Brewing Company for a fine selection of beers that compliment the fireplace and hardwood floors. You can also enjoy their beers at Beech Mountain’s 5506’ Skybar, accessible via chairlift.

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Black Mountain Brewing (Black Mountain)

North Carolina Breweries Black Mountain

When driving down or up NC-9 through Black Mountain, keep an eye out for the Roberta Flack mural, which is posted on the side of Black Mountain Brewing.

This brewery features seven rotating taps and tasty food from Smoke, BMB’s wood-fire-powered food truck.

Hang out on the patio or inside in the afternoon and stick around for live music during the evening. Either way, we think BMB is the perfect introduction to Black Mountain.

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Blowing Rock Brewing (Blowing Rock and Hickory)

North Carolina Breweries Blowing Rock Alehouse and Brewery Image

Blowing Rock Brewing is one of the most unique North Carolina breweries because at its Blowing Rock location, there’s a huge focus on sustainability also an Inn where you can stay.

Their six-pack ring carriers dissolve in the sunlight and local NC ingredients and the cans are made from 100 percent recyclable aluminum.

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Booneshine (Boone)

Booneshine Brewery in Boone

Making sure “Boone shines”, Booneshine wanted to make a beer that showcased just how amazing the outdoor destination Boone is with hops and yeast. There’s a total vibe when it comes to Booneshine too.

Whether you’re there to hang out with a pint in the outdoor beer garden or for a meal inside the brewery, you are guaranteed to have a laidback experience.

No matter where you’re staying or living in the High Country, stop on by, enjoy the laid-back vibe, and slug down a pint or two with your pals!

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Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville)

Boojum Brewing Company NC Breweries

We got to admit, the artwork on Boojum Brewing’s can was what got us to pick up this beer. Not only the artwork, but the question of… what exactly is a Boojum?

Apparently, it’s both a man and a beast, standing tall and hairy. Further, the Boojum lives a life a solitude among the North Carolina mountains.

Just like the Boojum, this beer is for serious beer lovers.

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Catawba Brewing Company (Morganton, Asheville, and Charlotte)

Catawba Brewing Co

Family owned and operated since 1999, Catawba Brewing Co. in downtown Morganton is a must-drink North Carolina brewery. With production based in Morganton, beer lovers can also find a second tasting room in the South Slope area of Asheville and in Charlotte.

While their flagship brews are definitely delicious, their small-batch beers are nothing to sneeze at! Grab a pint and enjoy the outdoor patio or take a sixer home!

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Ecusta Brewing (Pisgah Forest)

North Carolina Breweries Ecusta Brewing in Pisgah Forest

Just outside of Brevard is Ecusta Brewing Company in Pisgah Forest. It sits at the beginning of the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, which will take you to Looking Glass Falls and other beautiful waterfalls near Brevard.

After witnessing some of North Carolina’s most beautiful waterfalls, a cold pint of Ecusta by the river is the best way to relax.

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Fonta Flora (Morganton and Nebo)

North Carolina Breweries Morganton NC Fonta Flora Whippoorwill Farm Location

Fonta Flora Brewery‘s downtown Morganton location is in a cool, corner building on Green St. Step the refurbished flatiron building. and you’ll see there’s more to it than a pretty exterior.

Fonta Flora’s beers pay homage to the area, with Lake James Life (lager), Nebo Pilsner, and Double Hop Beard (double IPA) headlining list of tasty flagship beers.

We also highly recommend you drive out to Fonta Flora’s Whippoorwill Farm location, for one of the best breweries views in North Carolina!

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Hickory Nut Brewery (Chimney Rock and Mars Hill)

North Carolina Breweries Hickory Nut Brewing Chimney Rock

Whether you’re in the Chimney Rock area to hike or to just relax, local beers and food at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery are a great way to enjoy your day. Grab a seat overlooking the Rocky Broad River or one right next to it.

Hickory Nut Brewing specializes in English Cask-style ales. While you should sample an ale or two, hoppy IPAs and stouts also feature on the menu. British fare like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie join local favorites like pulled pork nachos and wings to almost overwhelm you with delicious choices.

HNB also has a location in Mars Hill, serving the Madison County college town the same local beers and food as they do in Chimney Rock.

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Highland Brewing (Asheville)

North Carolina Breweries Highland Brewing

Highland Brewing is North Carolina’s largest producing brewery and was the first legal one to open in Asheville since prohibition. They have an impressive brewery and taproom off Charlotte Highway (next to the WNC Nature Center), and a newer taproom in the S&W Market downtown.

We suggest you kick back at either location with a Gaelic Ale or our favorite, Highland’s Daycation IPA!

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Hillman Beer (Asheville and Old Fort)

North Carolina Breweries Hillman Beer

Hillman Beer is a family-owned business based in Asheville’s Biltmore Village, with a second in Old Fort east of the city.

We appreciate a lot about this business, especially because they’ve brought back the pub experience to North Carolina breweries.

At Hillman, you’ll find a variety of European and American beers, wines/ciders from local partners, and 32-ounce growlers to go. Food options include small bites, salads, sandwiches and burgers, and seasonal desserts.

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Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, Durham, and Wilmington)

Hi Wire Brewing Durham Breweries

“Balanced and approachable” is how Hi-Wire Brewing promotes their beers and we absolutely agree with that moniker. The Asheville-based brewery offers beers that perfectly align with their chill spaces, which are filled with unique and colorful murals and even a soccer pool table!

One cool thing about this brewery is that it continues to grow, with locations in Durham, Wilmington, and beyond!

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Homeplace Brewing (Burnsville)

One of the best things to do in Burnsville is to grab a pizza and a delicious brew at Homeplace Beer Company.

The business continues to grow and next door is Second Home, a collaboration between Homeplace and Stackhouse in Mars Hill. Here, you can dig into Appalachian-inspired small plates and sip Homeplace Beer (and creative cocktails)!

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Lookout Brewing (Black Mountain)

North Carolina Breweries Black Mountain Lookout Brewing

Lookout Brewing Company sits off US-70 in Black Mountain and is one of our favorite stops in the Buncombe County town. Come for the great beer and stick around LBC for the friendly atmosphere and tasty food.

You’ll find stouts, ales, and German seasonal beers on the taps, with a steady rotation to keep you on your toes. Don’t leave without grabbing something to eat from the on-site food truck, which is there every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Lost Province (Boone)

Lost Province Brewing Brewery in Boone

Located in downtown Boone, Lost Province slings amazing beers and delicious wood-fired pizzas. Brewed at their location downtown, part of the fun of drinking at Lost Province is saying the names!

Kiss My Grits Lager, Hipster Juice IPA, or the Keep Calm and Cherry On Cherry Wheat Ale six-packs are also available if you’re looking to take some of their flagship beers home!

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Mills River Brewing (Mills River)

Mills River Brewing started in Arden, a small community south of Asheville. After years of steady growth, the owners were able to move to their home across the Henderson County line.

Today’s space in Mills River is an 8,600-square-foot production facility and taproom. You can enjoy tasty IPAs, ales, and other styles, but the Mullinax (Dry Irish Stout) is the first beer produced here and a well-deserving menu mainstay.

Food from Juju’s Craft Cookery complements the beers, with a menu that changes according to what’s fresh and available.

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Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City and Sylva)

North Carolina Breweries Nantahala Brewing Company Bryson City

Whether you’re in Sylva or Bryson City, a visit to Nantahala Brewing for a burger (or some barbecue) and a pint should always be on your mind.

Both locations have outdoor seating and serve the amazing cold brews that accompany your good times.

Each serves as a gateway to the outdoors, with Sylva surrounded by Jackson County’s beautiful hikes (Pinnacle Park for example) and innumerable waterfalls—one example is Rainbow Falls.

Bryson City is one of the most popular gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also a fun stop after you ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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Newgrass Brewing (Shelby)

North Carolina Breweries Newgrass Brewing

Newgrass Brewing in Shelby is first and foremost a brewery. However, this Cleveland County brewery also serves some amazing, locally sourced food.

With such a heavy emphasis on local, it’s easy to see why this is one of our favorite North Carolina breweries for afternoon or evening visits.

You can expect weekly specials and special events throughout the year, so make sure stop in early for some Irish Nachos and a cold Fiddler’s Dream.

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New Belgium (Asheville)

North Carolina Breweries New Belgium

While it’s based in Colorado, we couldn’t discuss North Carolina beer without mentioning New Belgium Brewing. This employee-owned company was the realization of a young aspiring homebrewer’s vision.

The idea came while riding through European villages in search of beer on “fat tires.” Their Asheville taproom overlooks the French Broad River and is the perfect setting to sample NB’s world-class beers.

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New River Brewing (West Jefferson)

North Carolina mountain towns New River Brewing West Jefferson Ashe County

New River Brewing is one of the best places to grab some food and a beer in West Jefferson. They have tasty burgers and appetizers to go with flagship beers.

Hopefully, you’re lucky enough to stop by this spot before visiting Ashe County Cheese or one of the many great shopping spots in this Northwestern NC town.

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Oklawaha Brewing (Hendersonville)

Taps at Oklawaha Brewing

We loved the vibes and beers at Oklawaha Brewing. They produce an amazing amount of beer on a fairly small system that you can see inside.

When the weather is nice outside, they’ll open up the doors and let the breeze come in. Sitting inside enjoying an Oklawaha pint is certainly one of our favorite things to do in Hendersonville.

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Olde Hickory (Hickory)

North Carolina Breweries Olde Hickory Brewing

Olde Hickory Brewery pumps out some of NC’s finest beer and you can also visit their great locations throughout Hickory. Like a few of the breweries we’ve mentioned, a tasty food menu awaits at OHB.

Of all their flagship beers, Table Rock (American Pale Ale) is our favorite. However, I’m always looking forward to early fall when they release Oktoberfest, a tasty Marzen-style lager.

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Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard)

North Carolina Breweries Oskar Blues Brevard

Oskar Blues is a midwest transplant, but they’ve made a positive impact on Brevard and its surroundings. And of course, they came packed with good beer, like Dale’s Pale Ale, which has been a staple for us ever since college.

In the fresh mountain air, indulge in a Pinner or Death by Coconut at this awesome taproom, which is less than 10 minutes from Pisgah National Forest.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Fletcher)

North Carolina Breweries Sierra Nevada

While not a native Tar Heel State company, you just have to drive down Sierra Nevada Way and see Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in person.

Their NC location offers incredible tours, ranging from your standard Brewhouse Tour to a 3 hour intense Beer Geek Tour. With the latter, you’ll learn all the ins and out of Sierra Nevada’s fresh full-flavored beers.

Since it’s just across the county line from Buncombe, we included Sierra Nevada and other Henderson County spots in our guide to day trips from Asheville.

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Twin Leaf Brewery (Asheville)

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Twin Leaf Brewery in Asheville’s South Slope offers a laid back vibe and delicious brews. The menu here is strong on sours, Goses, and Saisons, but Twin Leaf also makes some nice, hoppy IPAs and other styles.

Special events also frequent Twin Leaf, including a giant Jenga tournament, Craft Karaoke, and more!

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Wedge Brewing Co (Asheville)

North Carolina Breweries Wedge Brewing

Like Twin Leaf, Wedge Brewing is a small-batch brewery but with two locations in Asheville’s River Arts District. No matter which location you choose, Wedge is the perfect gathering spot to enjoy delicious beer.

You’ll also find a food truck at both locations for dinner.

The Wedge at Foundation location offers a little more in the special events department. Their 1500 square foot private event space for rent is dedicated to the community, art, and entertainment.

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Whiteside Brewing Co (Cashiers)

When in Jackson County, we think you should drive out to Whiteside Brewing for a tasty beer to go with yummy wings, a pretzel, or something else off the food menu.

Whiteside beers on tap are joined by guest taps, including gluten-free options.

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Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville)

North Carolina Breweries Wicked Weed Brewpub

Promising big, West Coast IPAs, Wicked Weed Brewing brings delicious brews like Pernicious, Lieutenant Dank, and their French Toast Stout. If you’re grabbing a beer in North Carolina, you’ll likely hear Pernicious mentioned as a local offering.

We personally enjoy hanging out at the Funkatorium in downtown Asheville. Of course, you should frequent all locations, including Wicked Weed West in Candler.

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Central North Carolina Breweries

Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem are some of the hottest spots for North Carolina breweries. However, many smaller towns and cities in Central NC are producing as much if not more beer than our most populous places.

Angry Troll Brewing (Elkin)

I can’t decide on whether we love Angry Troll for their pizzas or for the beers. Both are phenomenal, which is why we consider AT one of the best North Carolina breweries.

You can order familiar favorites, from stouts to lagers and IPAs. Any of them perfectly pair with a pizza, wings, or anything else on the menu.

Barrel Culture (Durham and Raleigh)

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Set up in the former Counter Culture headquarters, hence the name, Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending is a unique brewery to this list.

Known for their barrel-aged wild sours, you are more likely to find the words, “granola,” “mango,” and “milkshake” on the draft list.

Along with yummy sours, don’t forget about BC’s beer slushies, either! All of their offerings show that these brewmasters know what they are doing!

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Bull City Burger & Brewery (Durham)

You may have heard of BCBB from their tarantula burger during exotic meats month. However, this delicious Durham restaurant is just as well-known for its award-winning beers.

Our favorite there is Parrish Street Pale Ale, but we’re always coming back to sample the rest.

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Bull City Ciderworks (Durham and Lexington)

Bull City Ciderworks started in Durham by a couple of guys from Lexington. The City of Durham needed to demolish the building that Bull City Ciderworks was leasing to build a new police station, which left owners John Clowny and Ryan Bogard searching for a new home.

They launched a Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds. Today, they occupy a giant warehouse space in Lexington’s Depot District.

The Durham side of the story doesn’t end here, though. Bull City Ciderworks kept growing in Lexington and opened a second, smaller cidery in Durham.

95 percent of Bull City Ciderworks’s 16 no-sugar-added, preservative-free cider from the Lexington location. At both locations, you’ll find there are plenty of games, events, and space to enjoy!

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Bull Durham Beer Co. (Durham)

North Carolina Breweries Bull Durham Beer Co

Since it’s the only craft beer company located inside a Minor League Baseball stadium, sipping on a Bull Durham Beer Co. is a must.

Enjoy a Kolsch or a Light Ale during a Durham Bulls game or see it out and around the town at various shops and bars.

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Carolina Brewery (Chapel Hill and Pittsboro)

North Carolina Breweries Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro

Carolina Brewery is the oldest in the Research Triangle, founded in 1995. They added the second location in Pittsboro in 2007 after a decade of success and leading the way.

We have a hard time deciding on whether this is one of the best North Carolina breweries for the beer or for their food. Mainstays like their Sky Blue Kolsch and American IPA are joined by seasonal releases throughout the year.

If you’re lucky enough to eat here, your meal will likely have a dry rub or sauce created in-house. You can find them in grocery stores throughout the Carolinas or directly at either brewery location.

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Carolina Brewing Company (Holly Springs)

Not to be confused with Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Company is the oldest active brewery in Wake County. started as a basement dream and now is one of the best-selling breweries in the Triangle.

You can check out the taproom person from Wednesday to Sunday, with tours available on Saturdays.

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Cabarrus Brewing (Concord)

North Carolina Breweries Cabarrus Brewing

Cabarrus Brewing Co is one of two breweries in Gibson Mill, a repurposed space in Concord that honors Cabarrus County’s history, present, and future.

High Branch Brewing is the other and their taproom deserves an honorable mention and a visit from you.

Great flagship beers here include the hoppy Rocky River IPA and Mule Spinner Stout, but you should always stop by for something small-batch and seasonal.

Plant 6 Provisions is the permanent food truck at Cabarrus Brewing. They serve delicious burgers, soft pretzels, and German-style bratwurst. 

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Crank Arm Brewing (Raleigh)

Combining two passions, Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh is the perfect meeting place for cyclists and beer lovers. Skip the road age and bike over and enjoy their award-winning beers.

And if you’re into cycling, join Crank Arm for one of their weekly bike rides (Wednesdays). Crank Arm is the first of a few breweries in Raleigh, and we’ll mention a couple of other favorites shortly.

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D9 (Charlotte, Cornelius, and Hendersonville)

D9 is one of Charlotte‘s largest breweries, but you can also visit them in Cornelius (near Lake Norman) and in Hendersonville.

Along with food trucks at each location, seasonal creations join great mainstays like their Tropical IPA throughout the year. Of the North Carolina breweries in Charlotte, D9 is one you can find throughout the state.

One thing I really like about this brewery is that it’s committed to making a connection with each location’s community.

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Double Barley Brewing (Smithfield)

Double Barley Brewing in Smithfield is a wonderful family-owned brewery on US-70. It’s a busy stretch of road so DBB is a welcome stop for everyone, including the designated driver, who may need to stretch their legs.

Among their cleverly named beers, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. Wilma’s Wandering EyePA and Abby’s AmberAle are two great starters for your hoppy adventure here.

Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem)

Weekend Getaways in North Carolina Foothills Winston Salem

Foothills Brewing was one of the first NC beers we tasted (Hoppyum) and we’ve been happy return customers ever since. They have three Winston-Salem locations for beer, with Footnote serving coffee and pastries in the morning.

With great creations like Hoppyum, People’s Porter, and Torch Pilsner, you’ll quickly see why Foothills is an iconic establishment in North Carolina beer.

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Four Saints Brewing (Asheboro)

Four Saints Brewing produces some tasty beers, but this NC brewery also serves as the center of special events in Downtown Asheboro! You’ll find tons of community events held at FSB.

For example, you can watch intimate performances by Rhinoleap Productions, or battle it out for Team Trivia. Of course, many people come for live music to pair with a frosty pint with friends. 

Fourth Creek Brewing Co (Statesville)

North Carolina Breweries Fourth Creek Brewing Statesville

Fourth Creek Brewing Co in Statesville is all about the community, whether you’re talking about the events they hold or the ingredients they source within a 20-mile radius. Speaking of the beers, you’ll find them packed with big and bold flavors, each leaving a wonderful impression after you sip.

You can bring the kids to this place, as the vibe inside (and outside) is very family-friendly.

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Fullsteam Brewery (Durham and Research Triangle Park)

North Carolina Breweries Fullsteam Brewery Durham NC

We mentioned Pop the Cap at the beginning and Fullsteam Brewery owner Sean Lilly Wilson was instrumental in that movement. Still going strong, his innovative beers push the limits of grain-to-glass.

Fullsteam incorporates North Carolina ingredients and flavors like pawpaw, sweet potato, persimmon, and basil. Depending on the season, we’ll bounce around from flagships like Rocket Science (IPA) or Paycheck (Pilsner).

We’re always looking forward to the annual release of Coffee is for Closers, Fullsteam’s amazing iced coffee porter. You can visit their original taproom in downtown Durham or the new location in Boxyard RTP.

Both locations offer food, with the original offering a mix of sandwiches, shareables, and desserts. Boxyard RTP serves tasty square pizzas and various snackables.

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Ghostface Brewing (Mooresville)

The most popular brewery in Mooresville (Ghostface Brewing) absolutely deserrves a spot among our favorite North Carolina breweries. With two locations—one serving pizza and the other serving as their “Beer Lab”—Ghostface Brewing has a rotating tap that suits all beer palates.

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Gizmo Brew Works (Chapel Hill and Raleigh)

Raleigh Breweries

At one time, Gizmo Brew Works was the smallest production brewery in North Carolina, working with a two-barrel brewhouse. Demand continued to increase for this Raleigh original and Gizmo has expanded, adding a satellite taproom and bottle shop in Chapel Hill.

Gizmo keeps a close relationship with the communities it serves, hosting special events throughout the year. Experimental and tasty flagships include Fake News (IPA) and Born to Bee, which uses yeast extracted from the wing of a bumble bee during an NC State research project.

Whether you’re in Raleigh or Chapel Hill, don’t miss out on this interesting and friendly brewery.

Goose and the Monkey (Lexington)

Goose and the Monkey shares Lexington’s Depot District with Bull City Ciderworks, within a gorgeous space. This family-friendly brewery pours incredible pints with interesting flavors!

G&M’s pertinacity also deserves a mention. Business was halted for more than a year due to a fire to fighting off a fire and we’re happy that they persisted.

You’ll find a nice lineup of flagships to go with seasonal creations. They pair nicely with special events put on throughout the year.

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Haw River Farmhouse Ales (Saxapahaw)

North Carolina Breweries Haw River Farmhouse Ales Saxapahaw NC

Head to the tiny yet awesome town of Saxapahaw and sip on Belgium-style ales at Haw River Farmhouse Ales. This brewery overlooks the Haw River and produces some of the best sour ales we’ve ever tasted!

If you want to ensure you have a seat inside their taproom, you can actually book the entire place. Just do so in advance because this place gets busy throughout the week.

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Heist Brewery (Charlotte)

North Carolina Breweries Heist Brewery Charlotte Breweries

Heist Brewery is Charlotte’s first craft brewpub and first in quite a few more areas. For example, NC’s first Hazy IPA (CitraQuench’l) was created at Heist.

This has remained one of the best breweries in North Carolina for a few good reasons beyond being first.

If you’ve been to either of their two locations (NoDa and Barrel Arts), you might have your own ideas. We fondly remember Heist’s delicious IPAs and lighter pilsners, even their hard seltzers.

Sunday is always a great time to visit, especially if you’d like brunch to accompany your beer.

King Canary Brewing (Mooresville)

North Carolina Breweries King Canary Brewing Mooresville NC

If you are looking for a mix of the old and the new, King Canary is where you’ll find inspiration and flavor in brews. From everything from IPAs to fruited sours, this Mooresville brewery is where beer lovers go. 

Food trucks from as far as Charlotte stop by to serve tasty food, too.

Grab a seat on the balcony or anywhere facing the water. That way, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of Lake Norman.

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Lonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh)

Who doesn’t want to be an outlaw for the day? At Lonerider, you can slug down a Shotgun Betty and yell “Hoppy Ki Yay!” as you pull into their aptly named brew room, The Hideout.

Honestly, the names of their beers are the most fun to tell people about. Plus, they’re really good, too!

Lynnwood Brewing Concern (Raleigh)

North Carolina Breweries Lynnwood Brewing Concern Raleigh NC

From humble beginnings, Lynnwood Brewing Concern prides itself as a community, not just a brewery. Every Tuesday, $1 from every beer is donated to a chosen charity or local cause.

That’s one important reason to go drink up and give back at the LBC! We also think you’ll enjoy their cleverly named beers, especially Bad Leroy (English Brown) and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Amber.

Comment on this post or email us if you know what the first one references. No googling beforehand allowed!

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Natty Greene’s Brewing Company (Greensboro)

Sip the South through your pint glass at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, which is one of the best-known North Carolina breweries in the Triad.

At their downtown Greensboro taproom, you can choose from the reliable Southern Session IPA or try a seasonal like their Blackberry Saison or Mount Mitchell IPA.

They even serve some delicious food at the Natty Greene’s Downtown location and we included it in our guide to must-eat restaurants in Greensboro.

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New Sarum Brewing (Salisbury)

New Sarum Brewing offers a nice mix of handcrafted beers in their own “old meets new” style. Their Yadkin River Lager is welcome on hot summer days and the Old Stone House IPA is perfect if you like hops.

Along with those great beers, you can order snacks at the bar or from a food truck outside, which is usually on site.

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NoDa Brewing Company (Charlotte)

NoDA Brewing Company has been a Charlotte favorite since 2011, expanding to three Queen City locations (including CLT International Airport). You can find them in bottle shops throughout North Carolina, but we suggest a visit to the OG location in North Davidson.

Jam Session is one of my all-time favorite Pale Ales, but whatever your taste may be, you can’t go wrong at NoDa.

Old Armor Beer Company (Kannapolis)

North Carolina Breweries Old Armor Brewing Kannapolis

Old Armor Beer Company is a unique brewery in Kannapolis, one of our favorite Cabarrus County towns. It’s owned and operated by combat veterans who have served overseas and they give back in a variety of ways.

12 unique brews are specially created at OABC to give back to various charitable foundations. We also love their “Pay It Forward” Board, which allows guests to buy a beer for a veteran or first responder.

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Pig Pounder (Greensboro)

North Carolina Breweries Greensboro NC Pig Pounder

Pig Pounder is bound to make you squeal. We’ll be here all week.

This midtown Greensboro brewery produces award-winning English Brown Ales. You can stick around the taproom and grab a “pound-er” and/or check out their weekly cask ale series.

We’re also excited about their ever-expanding Pavilion, which is filled with fun games and places to chill out with friends.

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Pinehurst Brewing (Pinehurst)

Things to do in Pinehurst Brewing

Pinehurst Brewing sits inside a historic steam plant building, just outside the main Village. We think it is absolutely beautiful inside, though the exterior is great, too.

This craft brewery serves up frothy and delicious pints to pair with a full menu that specializes in smoked barbecue. You can(should) also order one of their wood-fired pizzas with a juicy brisket. 

That’s all just a suggestion but a strong one.

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Ponysaurus Brewing (Durham)

North Carolina Breweries Ponysaurus Brewing Durham NC Image

Their moniker at Ponysaurus is “The beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer.” But aside from making awesome brews for beer itself, this Durham brewery made headlines when they created the “Don’t Be Mean to People” Saison in response to HB2.

You can visit their spacious taproom and sit outside, near the taps inside, or up on the roof. We think all of the above make the perfect day or evening in Bull City!

Red Buffalo Brewing Co (Statesville)

Red Buffalo Brewing Co started in a garage with innovative twists on old-world style beers and that quirk remains in the flavors and decor you’ll find at this Statesville brewery.

The vibe at Red Buffalo is very important to the owner, with events (including live music) and a chill atmosphere accompanying the beers. That’s why you might think this place resembles a record store more than a brewery when you first reach its doors.

Step inside and you’ll be partly right, especially when there’s a band playing.

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Red Oak Brewery (Whitsett)

Upholding the Law of Purity enacted in 1516 to save the use of cereal grains to prevent famine, Red Oak Brewery still only uses water, malted barley, and yeast and hops to craft their delicious Bavarian-style lagers.

If you’re traveling on I-40 E/I-85 N, Red Oak’s electronic signboard will not disappoint with its powerful and sometimes controversial messages.

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Skull Camp (Elkin)

North Carolina Breweries Skull Camp Brewing in Elkin NC

Skull Camp is a smokehouse and brewery just outside of downtown Elkin, not far from the Carter Falls trailhead.

The same group that owns Skull Camp also provides grapes to Round Peak Vineyards. You can buy Skull Camp’s tasty beers at that wonderful vineyard, too.

Skull Camp also makes some of the BEST smoked wings we’ve ever eaten! We suggest you go with the dry rub, and you can thank us later! 

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Southern Pines Brewing (Southern Pines)

North Carolina Breweries Southern Pines Brewing

Founded by three Green Berets in the middle of their active service, Southern Pines Brewing Company quickly became known as “Rooted in the Community.”

Each of the owners shares the idea that beer should bring people together. You can learn more by sharing a pint at this 100 percent veteran-owned brewery in Southern Pines!

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Southern Strain Brewing (Concord)

North Carolina Breweries Southern Strain Brewing Concord NC

Southern Strain Brewing isn’t just a cool place to hang out in Concord, though the atmosphere and special events are a couple of great reasons to visit. This brewery also offers a tap list worth raving about!

Sour lovers rejoice with their Cherry Lemon, and IPA lovers like us never complain about the 10-percent ABV on the Double Helix.

Also, if you are hungry, Southern Strain also has an in-house restaurant, Hot Box Next Level Kitchen.

Sycamore Brewing (Charlotte)

Sycamore Brewing is family owned and operated and proud of its Charlotte roots. You may know the dazzling artwork that graces their cans in bottle shops throughout the state.

We try to keep things balanced with non-hoppy beers, but Sycamore’s Mountain Candy IPA is always first on our minds.

Trophy Brewing Co. (Raleigh)

Raleigh Breweries Trophy Brewing Co Image

Trophy Brewing brings two different experiences for beer and food lovers. The original location (Brewing + Pizza) pours their delicious craft beer and serves some of North Carolina’s best pizza.

The other location offer a Brewery + Taproom serve southern-inspired noms and exciting beer combinations.

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White Street Brewing Company (Wake Forest)

Big time beer and small-town soul is what is promised from White Street Brewing Company, fittingly located on White Street in the Wake County town. This awesome brewery delivers on their promise, with tasty creations served in-house or in bottle shops.

Chances are if you’ve ever had one of their beers, it’s probably Hoptimist (IPA) or their Kolsch. We can’t really decide between these two or WSBC’s Scottish Ale, also an A-plus in our book!

Wise Man Brewing

Developed by a PhD scientist, Wise Man Brewing was founded with the spirit of innovation and discovery. New recipes are always being tested and shared in their giant taproom!

There’s a nice mix of hoppy, sours, lighter, and darker options at Wise Man. We also love when their massive doors open to let a nice breeze in.

If you’re in the Winston-Salem area or venturing this way, watch out for special events held here throughout the year.

Eastern North Carolina Breweries

Craft beer is rising along our coast and these Eastern North Carolina breweries are a testament to that growth.

1718 Brewing (Ocracoke)

NC Breweries 1718 Brewing Ocracoke Island Outer Banks

Plenty of places on Ocracoke Island serve beer but 1718 Brewing makes its own. This awesome NC brewery produces just everything, in fact, including stouts, IPAs, lagers, and more.

The beers at 1718 pair nicely with the food served by Plum Pointe Kitchen, which shares the building along Irvin Garrish Highway/NC-12. You should order a crab-stuffed pretzel and thank us later.

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Beer Army Gastropub (New Bern)

Beer Army in New Bern is an interesting mix of tasty food (great burgers!), in-house produced craft beer, and one of our favorite things to do in town.

Did I mention the burgers already? If not, please order one when you visit.

Beyond tasty eats and drinks, a visit to this veteran-led gastropub will help other veterans and first responders. Bravo Alpha is Beer Army’s amazing effort to support veterans and first responders recovering from post-traumatic stress (PTS).

Their hope is to “prevent Self Destructive Actions.” We hope they’ll continue this amazing work while also producing great beer and food.

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Crystal Coast Brewing (Atlantic Beach)

Crystal Coast Brewing Company

Is there anything better than a cold one on the beach? Crystal Coast Brewing Company is a family-owned North Carolina brewery that uses local fresh ingredients.

All of the fruits, grain, and hops come from the community and is brewed in Morehead City. All of Crystal Coast Brewing Company’s spent grain is utilized by a local farm for their animals as well as by local artisans to make soaps, scrubs, and dog treats.

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Bright Light Brewing Company (Fayetteville)

Starting as a pipe-dream between friends over beers, Bright Light Brewing Company quickly became a reality. This veteran-owned brewery has a large outdoor patio and continues to give back to the Fayetteville community and beyond.

Follow their Facebook Page for info on special events and food trucks that stop by.

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Dirtbag Ales (Hope Mills)

Breweries in North Carolina Dirtbag Ales Fayetteville NC Image

Dirtbag Ales in Hope Mills offers the ultimate experience. Outside the taproom, there’s a regulation-size soccer field, volleyball court, fenced-in dog park, kid-friendly playground, and a delicious on-site restaurant Napkins.

Veterans Tito, Eric, and Jerry brew delicious beer in a comfortable community environment, making Dirtbag Ales THE place for everyone to gather.

Known for their Blood Orange Kolsch, they have an amazing selection of beers. Our favorite was their Cold Brew Porter!

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville)

If you live in the South and anywhere in the mid-Atlantic region beyond North Carolina, you’ve probably seen Duck-Rabbit in your grocery store.

This Farmville-based brewery is distributed from Florida to Pennsylvania, specializing in full-flavored dark beers.

If you’re wondering about the logo, it comes from founder Paul Philippon’s former career in philosophy. The logo either looks like a duck or a rabbit and we can’t tell you what either interpretation means!

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Flying Machine Brewing (Wilmington)

North Carolina Breweries Flying Machine Wilmington

Flying Machine Brewing Company is the perfect brewery for lovers of beers and bikes! FMBC is a 17,000 square foot facility just off the Gary Shell Cross City Trail.

They offer beers from 22 taps and have a spacious two-story outdoor patio. There’s even a gaming area to keep you occupied.

The beer here blends old-world traditions with new techniques, yielding tasty results every time!

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Flytrap Brewing (Wilmington)

North Carolina Breweries Flytrap Brewing Wilmington

Flytrap Brewing pays homage to the Venus flytrap, which can be found in Wilmington. The brewery sits in the historic Brooklyn Arts District, and is a spacious place to drink inside or outside.

The dog-friendly beer garden is perfect for sipping FB’s seasonal and flagship beers. We’ll keep coming back for a Hoppy Tripel and an Oatmeal Porter in no particular order.

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Hopfly Brewing Company (Rocky Mount)

North Carolina Breweries Hopfly Brewing Rocky Mount Mills

Hopfly Brewing Company started at Rocky Mount Mills and has since moved into a 1700-square-foot taproom. The beer list is constantly changing, but you can typically find a nice variety of styles.

Also, you might even get your beers served to you via a roller-skating server! So that’s another reason to stop by, right?

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Mad Mole Brewing (Wilmington)

North Carolina Breweries Mad Mole Wilmington

Mad Mole Brewing is a family- and pet-friendly brewery near Wrightsville Beach. MMB’s entire brewing process is solar-powered, thanks to the constant beach sun.

This makes them one of the greenest North Carolina breweries. In fact, they were the first solar craft microbrewery in America, so that’s another first for us, right?

12 rotating taps await at MMB, usually mole-themed and poured from Mueller serving tanks. Those tanks keep the beer carbonated, cold, and delicious.

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Mother Earth Brewing (Kinston)

Breweries in North Carolina Mother Earth Kinston Image

Embodying the spirit of small-town Eastern North Carolina, Mother Earth Brewing founders bonded over the love of home-grown produce and hand-crafted beers.

Their mission is simple: “to help you savor the goodness of Mother Earth.” I mean, how can you go wrong with that?

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Outer Banks Brewing Station

OBX Brewing Station

Did you know that the Outer Banks is home to the first wind-powered brewery in the United States? Founded in 1992 by Peace Corps volunteers, the goal of Outer Banks Brewing Station is environmentally conscious practices to create delicious beer.

Stop by their taproom in Kill Devil Hills for a Kolsch or an IPA. Just don’t leave without ordering some food here.

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Pitt Street Brewing (Greenville)

North Carolina Breweries Pitt Street Brewing Greenville NC

Pitt Street Brewing sits inside in a former 1926 Coco-Cola Bottling Company building in Greenville. The renovated space is perfect for families and the community coming together to enjoy a delicious brew.

They have great outdoor seating and the line-up of beers are always changing.

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R & R Brewing (Mount Olive)

Goldsboro Restaurants R R

Who doesn’t want to sip on delicious brews and relax on a hammock?! That’s exactly what the guys at R & R Brewing thought when they opened up their microbrewery in the middle of Eastern North Carolina.

Visit them and get your R&R on. Oh, and don’t be shy. There are tons of nice people inside.

We added the people to our ode to the 4 Ps of Goldsboro, which is Mt. Olive’s close neighbor.

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Salty Turtle Beer Company (Surf City)

North Carolina breweries Salty Turtle Beer Company Surf City Pender County

We know you’ll have plenty of busy days on the beaches of Topsail Island or all the other fun in Pender County. Thankfully, you can hit the local Salty Turtle Beer Company in Surf City afterward.

Not only can you enjoy high-quality, innovative brews, but you’ll also be helping save the turtles here. This brewery donates a portion of its sales to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital

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Tarboro Brewing Company (Rocky Mount and Tarboro)

TBC West Brewery in Rocky Mount Mills

Tarboro Brewing Company started in Tarboro and has since expanded to Rocky Mount (TBC West). Visit the original location and grab a pint (or flight) while dining from food trucks that come through starting on Wednesdays.

At the Rocky Mount location, beer and tacos pair with the laid back atmosphere to make this one of the most amazing restaurants in Rocky Mount!

Uptown Greenville Brewing Company (Greenville)

Located right in the heart of Greenville, we think Uptown Brewing Company is a great place to head for a pint. This large space and rustic brick walls combines to make a great atmosphere for you to enjoy a couple of beers with friends.

With beers ranging from a crisp lager to their dark and heavy porter, there is something for everyone to drink at Uptown.

Weeping Radish (Grandy)

Weeping Radish Brewery Outer Banks

Leaving Bavaria in the early 1980s, Uli Bennewitz was the first person to open a craft brewery in North Carolina. Weeping Radish Brewery opened in 1986 and was founded on the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

That means their beer is only brewed with four ingredients: hops, malt, yeast, and water. The restaurant follows the same principles and uses no additives and supports local North Carolina farmers.

Owner Uli Bennewitz shared his story and more with us on NC Travel Chat!

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Wilmington Brewing Company (Wilmington)

Wilmington Brewing Breweries in Wilmington

Wilmington Brewing Company brings yummy beer straight from the tank to your glass. This place also hosts a home-brew supply store!

It was built by Wilmington natives and remains a fixture in town. Owners John and Michelle Savard crafted their love for beer while in college at UNC Asheville.

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Wrightsville Beach Brewing Company (Wrightsville Beach)

Things to Do in Wilmington Wrightsville Beach Brewing

Beer and NC oysters make Wrightsville Beach Brewery a special one to close out this guide to North Carolina breweries. Before we move on to the beer, please order the fried oyster bites here.

You’ll thank us later!

Eat them and enjoy your beer in the very inviting outdoor beer garden that is shared! Speaking of beer, seasonal greats include their Oysterman Stout and Pompano Porter.

You can explore their Flagship beers, too, especially the Airlie Amber Ale.

Beyond WBB’s great beer and food, they also give back to the community. If you buy their “Beer of the Month,” you’ll contribute proceeds to various non-profits.

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What are Your Favorite North Carolina Breweries?

With everything from pawpaw beers to habanero stouts, veteran-owned and even more, we think North Carolina is THE beer destination in the South, if not the entire US.

We hope you enjoy these North Carolina breweries as we do and if you haven’t been to any, we challenge you to visit as many as possible throughout the year, not just during NC Beer Month!

Before we let you read more guides about NC breweries, we’d love to know if you have any favorites. Feel free to let us know here in the comments or by email.

3 thoughts on “80+ Tasty North Carolina Breweries (The Best of the Best!)”

  1. Southern Pines, Aberdeen, and Pinehurst need a revisit. There are more breweries in the area that are as awesome as Southern Pines Brewing Company.

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  2. I can’t believe you didn’t visit Deep River Brewery in Clayton. Great beers. When in season the 🍉 beer is very refreshing and delicious.

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