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Craft beer culture grows during NC Beer Month

Posted April 1, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014

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— Craft beer is growing in North Carolina.

“It is a very big culture here,” said Ashleigh Verdier, a craft beer enthusiast, while trying out beers at Crank Arm Brewery in downtown Raleigh. “The majority of my friends are craft beer geeks.”

Verdier was at the brewery Tuesday night as part of a NC Beer Month event that brought together 15 Wake County breweries.

The culture is growing due to a consumer base desiring a very particular type of beer, said Adam Eckhardt of Crank Arm Brewing Company.

“They want to go out and try new things,” he said. “Not just have a beer, they want a specific beer.”

The culture has grown so fast that Mel Johnson thought a guide was needed. So he created the Raleigh Beer Guide.

“There is a lot of variety to beer, a tremendous variety right here in Wake County,” he said.

Brewers are not the only ones cashing in – some of Eckhardt’s ingredients are from within walking distance of his brewery.

"Our coffee came from Café de los Muertos, which is three blocks that way and half block this way is a café and we sourced that," he said.

Verdier is one of many who believe the craft beer scene will continue to grow.

“A lot of it is trying something new,” she said.

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  • chrishh44 Apr 2, 2014

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    Michigan, Washington, Pennsylvania, and New York are ahead too at this point. However, NC is definitely gaining ground more quickly.

  • sjb2k1 Apr 2, 2014

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    a fad that is only growing in strength in the last decade or so?

  • Geez Louise Apr 2, 2014

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    --You just lost half of Wake county by saying "non-Budweiser". :-)

  • Ryan Kurtz Apr 2, 2014
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    I've been involved heavily with the craft beer culture the past 6 years, and I can attest to the boom over the past 10 years especially. NC is, in my opinion, one of the Top-5 states to produce outstanding beer. Colorado, Oregon, California, and Florida are maybe probably ahead of us, especially the first-3, but we are growing exponentially as a craft beer state, and more importantly producing great tasting beers.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 2, 2014

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    Than you would know that most of the local beers on tap are not IPAs, considering I can't stand them, but I do like many of the local beer varieties.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 2, 2014

    World Beer Fest is this weekend in Raleigh. Durham's event is in October. Yum!!!

    There will be an entire tent (or two) dedicated just to NC breweries.

    And, out of 250 beers, there will be tons of non-IPA, non-Budweiser types of beer.

  • FrankTaylor Apr 2, 2014

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    Why, no, no I have not. What you need though is to find a nice bottle shop. Everyone I go in has an entire section dedicated to your "World Beers"

  • saturn5 Apr 2, 2014

    Calling all American Beers "watered down" reminds me of when someone walked into World of Beer and asked, "Do you have any domestics?" Clearly, he had no understanding of just how many different types of craft brews are made in the US, as well as all the labels available from around the world.

  • saturn5 Apr 2, 2014

    There may be a lot of people getting into craft beer because it's the new thing, but speaking as someone who's been a fan of microbrews since before it was trendy, there's been a serious following in the area for a long time. It was the craft beer fans that led the push for "Pop the Cap" to raise the ABV limit of beers to allow high gravity beer to be sold in the state.

  • fictionalkathrine Apr 2, 2014

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    To each his own, and luckily almost EVERY brewpub in the area offers a range of beers from IPAs to oatmeal stouts, to Belgians and barleys. What they don't have is a lack of variety. Your comment shows your knowledge on the subject comes from pre-judgement rather than actual experience with these places.

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