NC Brewers Cup 2019 - Results are in!

Beer judges from across the Southeast traveled to Mocksville, NC this past weekend for the 8th annual NC Brewers Cup competition.  The BJCP sanctioned beer competition, sponsored by Pro Refrigeration, Inc and administered by the NC Craft Brewers Guild, is the largest commercial craft beer competition in the state. This year, the competition saw 710 entries submitted in 31 different style categories from 104 North Carolina craft breweries, breaking all records to date.

The 2019 Best of Show trophy went to Cabarrus Brewing Company for their English Golden Ale/English Summer Ale, “Daisy Roots”, which competed against 30 other gold medal-winning beers to secure the top award.  "Daisy Roots" is brewed with pale, mild, and caramel malts, flaked corn, rice, traditional English hops, as well as newer American and Australian varieties. It's a great balance between malt and hops for a thirst quenching summer beer.

The other Best in Show winners are:
  • Silver: Divine Barrel Brewing - "Beer Flavored Beer", (Pre-Prohibition Lager), winner of the Historical Ale category
  • Bronze: Little Brother Brewing - "Crispy Business", (Kellerbier), winner of the NC Homegrown category
  • Honorable Mention: Wilmington Brewing Company - "Moon Dance Blonde Ale"(American Blonde Ale), winner of the Light American Hybrid category

View the full competition results here!

New to the 2019 competition, was the addition of the "NC Homegrown" category. Qualifying entries in this category were required to have at least 55% of the beer's dry-weight ingredients sourced from North Carolina. Little Brother Brewing took home the gold medal in this new category with "Crispy Business", a Light American Lager, made with 100% NC malt from Epiphany Craft Malt.  "Crispy Business" also won the bronze Best of Show.

The NC Brewers Cup trophy and all category medals will be presented to winners at the annual NC Industry Awards Banquet held on November 6th at the NC Craft Brewers Conference*.
*The NC Craft Brewers Conference is an industry-only event, and is not open to the general public. Members of the press should contact Lisa Parker  at to reserve a press pass.