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North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:02:44 PM »
Hi all! My wife and I will be taking a beercation to North Carolina this October 13-20 and attending The 22nd Annual World Beer Festival Durham on Oct. 14.

Neither of us have been to NC and we're looking for some recommendations. We're not really fans of sours, but love pretty much everything else (hoppy IPA's, Quads, Heff, Stouts, etc.).

We'll be in Raleigh/Durham, Asheville, and Charlotte for 2-3 days each. Thanks in advance!

- Dave in San Diego, CA

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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 05:52:53 PM »
Raleigh/Durham Area (in no particular order)
Big Boss
Lynwood Brewing Concern
Trophy Brewing
Clouds Brewing (taproom is downtown)
Lonerider
Crank Arm
Compass Rose
Oak & Dagger
Bond Brothers
Fullsteam
Ponysaurus
Durty Bull

Asheville/Moutains
Wedge
Highland
Hi-Wire
Burial
Catawba
Sweeten Creek (fantabulous sandwiches)
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Oscar Blues
Green Man (go to Dirty Jacks)
Zebulon
One World
Twin Leaf
Upcountry
French Broad
Ginger's Revenge
Pisgah

Charlotte
NoDa
Olde Mecklenburg
Birdsong
Sugar Creek
Unknown
Three Spirits
Triple C
Blue Blaze

There are many, many more including cideries to visit. All of the above are breweries or brewpubs. There are all kinds of tap rooms and restaurants. Asheville has a sake brewery (Ben's Tune Up) which also brews beer.
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 04:48:52 AM »
I really don't think I can add anything to that...

Although, just as a side note, if you're also into wine, the Yadkin Valley (West of Greensboro/Winston Salem Area) is a recognized AVA.  There's several good wineries out there.  It's been so long since I've been out there you might need to look them up, but as you go between Durham and Asheville you'll be in that area. 

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville has a winery... Ironically I think most of their grapes come from California.
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 05:10:06 AM »
You left out my favorite in Charlotte - Wooden Robot.  They are making some great beers.
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 10:34:03 AM »
Wines at Biltmore suck.

There are several good Triad (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) area breweries. Let me know if you want a few to hit.
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 06:53:00 AM »
Wines at Biltmore suck.


I agree... that's why I pointed out they aren't local. Much better stuff out there. 
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 09:13:11 AM »
Wow! Thanks so much for all the recommendations, all! And yes, we were into wine way before beer, so we're eager to check those out as well.

Thanks again!  :D

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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2017, 09:40:49 AM »
Google the cideries in NC, there are several and all are pretty good.
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 09:20:39 AM »
This article was posted yesterday. Would love to hear some feedback from the locals.

https://beerandbrewing.com/beercation-the-triangle-north-carolina/

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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 10:34:34 AM »
Compare the article to my list above. I would also suggest you map the breweries. Most are not situated beside each other with the exception of those in Asheville.

You might try using this. The breweries are indicated in Red.
https://beermapping.com/?lat=35.80848&lon=-78.64948&z=11
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2017, 05:57:56 AM »
FWIW - as of today we have 264 permitted brewery locations in NC, you should strive to try them all. ;)
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 09:57:16 AM »
FWIW - as of today we have 264 permitted brewery locations in NC, you should strive to try them all. ;)

I been to about 8 of them.... lots of work yet to do!
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Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2017, 05:58:36 AM »
How was the trip?
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