The fifth annual NC Beer Month begins this Saturday with more than 80 breweries and dozens of destinations across the state participating. Co-sponsored by Visit North Carolina and the NC Craft Brewers Guild, NC Beer Month is designed to draw the attention of beer travelers with special events throughout April and to solidify North Carolina’s stature as a top beer destination year-round. In recognition, too, Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as NC Beer Month.
The number of craft breweries in North Carolina has more than quadrupled since 2010. According to studies collected by the Craft Brewers Guild, the annual economic impact of the craft beer industry was $1.2 billion in 2015. It accounts for $300 million in annual wages and 10,000 jobs. Interest in craft beer clearly inspires travel, according to Visit NC’s Wit Tuttell. Visitor surveys indicate that in 2015, 1.7 million travelers visited breweries during their overnight trips to North Carolina destinations.
The April calendar includes major festivals (such as World Beer Festival Raleigh, Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival in Mills River, Hickory Hops in Hickory); culinary events (Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine in Wilmington, beer dinners at The Eddy in Saxapahaw); beer and barbecue (Bikes, Brews & BBQ in Blowing Rock, North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival in Raleigh, Blue, Brew & Que in Kenansville); outdoor challenges (Hop Swap Half Marathon & 5k in Winston-Salem, Rock ‘n’ Run in Southern Pines, Corkscrew & Brew 5k in Blowing Rock); tasty learning opportunities (“In the Company of Women” in Raleigh, Big Boss Brewing’s “Brewers and Bottlers 1774-1908” in Raleigh); local area celebrations (Sylva Brew Hop, Craft Beer SpringFest in Cornelius, Apple Country Cider Jam in Hendersonville); and uniquely North Carolina events (Venus flytrap Bloom Boom in Wilmington, Neuse River Paddle & Beer Weekend Celebration in Kinston)..
Beer-related events can be posted to NCBeerMonth.com through the shared VisitNC.com database by Extranet contacts in all 100 counties.Image Information: jarmoluk / Pixabay