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Well Crafted NC promotes North Carolina breweries and their history to a broad community, helping locals recognize and appreciate that the current breweries are part of a long history of brewing, while also providing local breweries with a single online resource that traces their histories and places them within the context of the broader development of the brewing industry across the state.
This project is a celebration of brewing history in North Carolina, bringing people into the area to celebrate history and beer and encouraging them to drop by their local breweries during their visit.
News & updates
Welcome Highland Brewing Company of Asheville to the Well Crafted NC project! In December 1994, when downtown Asheville was sleepy, Highland rolled out its first kegs from the basement to the alley. Built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment, the original brewery could produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year in about 12,000 square feet of space. Today, and still a family-owned business, Highland has capacity to brew over 60,000 barrels annually with room to grow.
Welcome Red Oak Brewery of Whitsett to the Well Crafted NC project! One of North Carolina's oldest breweries, Red Oak began in 1991 as Spring Garden Brewing in Greensboro before moving to their current Whitsett location in 2007. A brewer of fresh, pure Bavarian Inspired Lagers, Red Oak strictly adheres to the Reinheitsgebot or 1516 Bavarian Beer Purity Law, creating all of their lagers with only 4 ingredients.
Welcome Bold Missy Brewery of Charlotte to the Well Crafted NC project! The Bold Missy philosophy is to balance passion and fun with business and growth, reaching out and bringing it in with guests and community, and celebrate life's enjoyment and the people who live life in a bold way. Bold Missy promises to bring you beers that you'll love, inform and educate you about what you are drinking, and make you smile in the process.
Welcome Pig Pounder Brewery of Greensboro to the Well Crafted NC project! Pig Pounder is a craft microbrewery specializing in (but not limited to) their award-winning English Ales. The name Pig Pounder is derived from a beer produced in 1988 at Darryl's Woodfire Grill. A pint, or 16oz "Pound-er", was called the "Pig Pounder" and featured a pig-faced label to symbolize Darryl's North Carolina roots.
Welcome Foothills Brewing of Winston-Salem to the Well Crafted NC project! Foothills began brewing beer at on West 4th Street in March 2005, with three 15-barrel fermenters. Today two brewery locations in Winston-Salem continue to produce top-quality beers for your enjoyment in NC, SC, TN, Va, Ga, & DC.
We're proud to announce that one of our Well Crafted NC team members, Erin Lawrimore, recently received a Faculty First Summer Scholarship Support Award from UNCG to support a series of oral history interviews with women brewers and brewery owners in North Carolina. This project will ensure that the voices of the women in the industry are heard, that their stories are recorded in their own words, and that they are included as a vital piece of the history of beer and brewing in our state. Read more.
This short research article created for Well Crafted NC by Jason Melius, Archivist at Historic Bethabara Park, details the history of brewing at Bethabara from the first brewery and distillery in 1756 to the 1803 Herman Buttner Distillery, and includes the names and histories of early brewers.
Our Well Crafted NC launch event was held on Saturday, April 14th at Little Brother Brewing in Downtown Greensboro. We were blown away by the support we got for the project! We were so busy talking with folks about Well Crafted, beer, and archives that we weren’t able to get an accurate count of how many folks stopped by – but we’re estimating that we had around 130 to 150 people come through and chat with us or look at the exhibit! Read on.
From the Cascade to the J.R. Stewart Saloon, Well Crafted NC locates and documents over 20 different businesses in Greensboro from 1896-1904, including historic photographs, addresses, street views, and more.