Well Crafted NC

Well Crafted NC promotes North Carolina craft 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

NPR's The State of Things & Hop Into History


Erin appeared on NPR/WUNC's The State of Things with Haw River's Rebecca Spence to talk about the history of the NC brewing industry. You can listen to it here.

On the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act, stop by the "Hop Into History" pop-up exhibit at Oden Brewing on Thursday, January 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by Well Crafted NC & and Oden Brewing, the event will take a look at the drinking scene during that tumultuous time, and the various laws that were put in place to try and stop it. The free event will be hosted in the restored historic building at 804 w. Gate City Boulevard, near the UNCG campus.

Carolina Malt House


Welcome Carolina Malt House to the Well Crafted NC project! In their oral history interview, Aaron Goss & Steve Bauk, the co-founders of Carolina Malt House, discuss the mission and challenges of their business, the process of malting, and the importance of locally sourced ingredients.

Mystery Brewing Company


Mystery Brewing consisted of a production brewery in a warehouse on the banks of the Eno River and a brewpub on South Nash Street in Hillsborough. The world's first Seasonal-Only brewery, Mystery believed that what people like to drink changes depending on the time of year, the type of foods that are available in local markets, the weather, and even their moods.

New Belgium Brewing Company


Welcome New Belgium Brewing Co., Asheville to the Well Crafted NC project! New Belgium Brewing was co-founded in March 1991 by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan. Since it’s opening in 1991, New Belgium has enjoyed great success and has continued to grow to have over 400 employees. In December 2012, New Belgium became a 100% employee owned company. Four years later in 2016, New Belgium expanded to the east coast, choosing Asheville as their new location.

Fermenting Revitalization on Main Street


The University of North Carolina System posted an article about how different member institutions and researchers are working with the North Carolina beer industry in unique and interesting ways. We're included, and they are kind enough to say that Well Crafted " will, in all likelihood, have a profound impact on the long-term success of NC beer."

Archetype Brewing Company


Welcome Archetype Brewing of Asheville to the Well Crafted NC project! Archetype Brewing is a Belgian-Style brewery focusing on complex, mindful, living beer. The four main ingredients in their beer are mindfully combined to bring out its own personality and behavior. The characteristics give it life, identity and complexity, whether it’s a smooth, creamy stout, or an unpredictable, mixed-culture saison.

Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company


Welcome Fiddlin' Fish Brewing of Winston-Salem to the Well Crafted NC project! Fiddlin’ Fish is the brew-child of Stuart Barnhart and his cousin David Ashe. Together, they share a passion for cold beer and a love of the outdoors. The brewery, on Trade Street, has a 15-barrel brewhouse producing traditional styles as well as an ever-changing cast of seasonals and one-offs. Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company is about community, beer, and paddling your own path down the river.

Oral history interview with Julie Johnson


In our just-published interview, Julie Johnson, former co-owner and editor of All About Beer magazine and co-founder of Pop The Cap, discusses beer journalism, the publishing industry, Pop The Cap, the World Beer Festival, changes in Durham, and both local and national craft brewing culture.

Marketing & Tourism Partnership with the Triad Brewing Industry


Breweries often serve as a catalyst for revitalization and community development, but they are also small businesses operated by individual entrepreneurs. Collaboration within the industry is common, but collaboration on regional tourism marketing is not. With this project, Well Crafted NC and the Bryan School of Business and Economics will work with the Triad Brewers Alliance and its members to preserve their history, develop their stories, and build a regional marketing plan promoting the Triad as a craft beer destination based on those stories.

This three year project is funded by a 2019 Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships Collective Scholarship Fellows Award from the UNC Greensboro Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.