Craft beer culture grows during NC Beer Month
Posted April 1, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.