EDITOR’S NOTE: John Frank is relocating to Denver to cover politics for The Denver Post. This is his last Pintful column. You can keep track of John by following him on Twitter: @ByJohnFrank.
North Carolina’s craft beer scene is easily described with one word: booming.
One statistic tells the story: The number of craft breweries in the state has nearly tripled in the past five years to 114. And the growth will only continue.
The state is expected to exceed 150 breweries in 2015 and serve as a second home to three national brands – Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium – that will exponentially boost North Carolina’s status on the beer map. The growth will continue as long as the breweries are making quality beer and converting more and more fans.
For the better part of two years, this is the overarching story I told nearly every week while covering the state’s craft beer industry. I visited more than half of the Tar Heel state’s breweries and tasted far more.
This is, sadly, my final Pintful column, and I’ll use it to try to answer the one question I get more than any: What are your favorite North Carolina beers?
My answer is typically another question: Well, what types of beers do you like? Here are a few recommendations to guide your next North Carolina beer journey:
This partial list surely missed many great North Carolina gems. And that’s the best part – there’s plenty to taste. Cheers.