Beer Trip Ideas★ ★ Take a trip to the taps. ★ ★

The North Carolina brew pub era started on the coast, took hold in the mountains and flourished across the Piedmont. With more than 260 breweries (and counting) between Kill Devil Hills and Bryson City, North Carolina has the most breweries of any state south of Pennsylvania and east of Texas. For NC Beer Month and beyond, plan a brewery vacation to discover both the craftsmanship and the character of the places where it thrives.

Asheville: Craft Beer Beacon

With dozens of resident and neighboring breweries, Asheville is a North Carolina craft beer beacon. Craftsmanship and creativity abound in this western North Carolina hub, and the yin and yang of energy and a laid-back vibe tempt many visitors to stay for another round – just to see what comes next. Read More

Charlotte: Brews in the Queen City

From craft breweries and brewpubs to specialty bottle shops, the Charlotte area’s got a lot of craft beer. And there’s no better time to sample some than during NC Beer Month. North Carolina boasts more craft breweries than any other state in the South, and Charlotte’s hops are among the top with more than three dozen breweries in operation or in the works. Read More

Durham: Sip Suds in the South’s Tastiest Town

Beer flows through the “South’s Tastiest Town”, a designation awarded to Durham by Southern Living magazine. As a city where entrepreneurial spirit meets creative impulse and undeniable good taste, Durham thrives on anticipation that the next big thing is on its way. There’s never a lull or a dull moment, as visitors discover. Read More

Greensboro and Winston-Salem: A Trifecta of Beer, Culture and History

A darts champion would have no trouble hitting Greensboro and Winston-Salem on the North Carolina map. These two beer destinations lie just north of the state’s bull’s-eye with a choice of interstate highways to take you there. Read More

Hickory to Blowing Rock: A Trip to the Taps 4,000 Feet Above Sea Level

Half the fun of a road trip is getting there. Which means that the other half is being there. Both sides of the adage prove true on an excursion from Hickory to Lenoir and Blowing Rock, where folk art and folk heroes fill the space between beer stops. Read More

Outer Banks: Sample Coastal Breweries and the Island Life

From the northernmost point on North Carolina’s 320-mile coast to the surf’s-up breaks of Cape Hatteras, the Outer Banks has captured imaginations for centuries. The destination is famous for wild horses - descended from Spanish mustangs that arrived five centuries ago - roaming wild on the beaches near Corolla. For the first Englishmen who wanted to settle in the New World. For the winds and dunes that made Kill Devil Hills the perfect launching point for man’s first powered flight. For pirates and fishermen, lighthouses, lifesavers and shipwrecks that share a maritime story. Read More

Raleigh: A Capital of Craft Brews

A brewery that launched in an airplane hangar. North Carolina’s first woman-owned brewery. A brewery born from a rickshaw company. Raleigh-area brewers know something about thinking differently. And with more than 30 of them all over the destination, you can bet on a craft beer experience like no other. Visit Raleigh, where the brewers are just as excited to share their passion and inspirations as they are for you to taste the beer. Read More

Wilmington to Southport: Toasts of the Coast

Read the screen credits for Wilmington and Southport and you’ll rightfully conclude that there’s beauty to behold on the 40-mile stretch of North Carolina’s southern coast. The historic port city of Wilmington, the charming town of Southport and their island beaches have been picture-perfect for hundreds of television and movie projects (One Tree Hill, Iron Man 3, Safe Haven and Crimes of the Heart, to name a few). Read More