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Raleigh, NC -- On October 15th, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed October 2020 to be NC Beer Month. The proclamation reaffirms North Carolina’s vibrant and rich craft beer heritage. From locally malted grains to expertly crafted lagers and ales, North Carolina has gained international recognition for craft beer excellence. Beginning in 1985 with Weeping Radish, the independent craft beer industry has grown to 342 breweries today. Known as “The State of Southern Beer”, the industry contributes more than $2.5B to the state’s economy, and has been instrumental in revitalizing many small towns and cities throughout the state.
While the Novel Coronavirus has severely limited the normal festivities surrounding NCBeer Month, the industry is committed to protecting public health and safety during the pandemic. North Carolina’s breweries have adopted the #NCBeer Pledge, which ensures each brewery is committed to following state guidelines and has taken the necessary precautions to prioritize the health and safety of their customers and employees.
The independent North Carolina craft beer industry is proud to serve our citizens and is committed to helping build the communities we serve. We invite you to join the month-long celebration of North Carolina brewing craftsmanship by visiting your local brewery for a socially-distanced pint, or picking up curbside beer-to-go. Our breweries are looking forward to welcoming you! To find out more, or to plan your next brewery visit, browse the #NCBeer Finder at: https://ncbeer.org/consumer/covid-19_ncbeer_finder.php.
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) is a 501c6 not-for-profit advocacy group supporting the independent craft brewers of our state through advocacy and education. North Carolina has over 330 independent craft breweries and brewpubs, each one serving as a local gathering spot for their communities. Our breweries have become part of the fabric of your towns and cities. North Carolina is truly the State of Southern Beer™.