Well Crafted NC

About Well Crafted NC

Well Crafted NC collects and promotes the history of breweries in North Carolina from the saloons of the 1890s to the craft breweries of today. We conduct oral history interviews with many of the key players in the NC brewing scene, digitizing materials related to local brewing history, and creating timelines and maps to help trace the changes in the brewing industry across the state.

The initial project launch of Well Crafted NC was funded by the UNCG University Libraries Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant, and focused upon the five Downtown Greensboro breweries and their history. Well Crafted NC currently 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.

Project staff

Richard Cox
Digital Technology Consultant, ERIT, UNCG University Libraries
David Gwynn
Digital Projects Coordinator, ERIT, UNCG University Libraries
Erin Lawrimore
University Archivist, SCUA, UNCG University Libraries


Events & Exhibits

  • "A Brief History of Triad Brewing" (Presentation & history exhibit, Triad History Day 2019; April 6, 2019)
  • "Brewing Public History" (Panel Discussion, NCPH Annual Meeting, Hartford, Connecticut; March 29, 2019)
  • Biere de Femme (History exhibit; March 2, 2018)
  • "History & Future of Craft Beer in NC" (Presentation & history exhibit, Beer Growler Winston-Salem; January 26, 2019)
  • "Well Crafted NC: Documenting the Craft Beer Industry" (Presentation & history exhibit, Wake Forest University; January 23, 2019)
  • "Well Crafted NC" (History exhibit, Our State Public House, NC State Fair; October 15, 2018)
  • "Local Flavor: Wineries and Microbreweries" (History exhibit, Bryan School of Business & Economics; May 22, 2018)
  • "History, Future, and Economics of the Craft Beer Industry in North Carolina" (Presentation, First Annual Piedmont-Southern Virginia Hops Conference; May 19, 2018)
  • "NC Beer Month Coffee & Conversation" (History exhibit, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; April 19, 2018)
  • Well Crafted NC Launch Event (History exhibit, Little Brother Brewing; April 14, 2018)
  • "Community, Documentation, and Beer: Hop into History and Well Crafted NC" (Poster Presentation, Society of North Carolina Archivists Conference; March 14-16, 2018)
  • Biere de Femme (History exhibit; March 3, 2018)
  • "Well Crafted NC" (History exhibit, Brewconomy screening, Four Saints Brewing Co.; February 27, 2018)
  • "Well Crafted NC" (History exhibit, Brewsmart Conference; February 26, 2018)

Initial funding for Well Crafted NC was awarded by the UNCG University Libraries Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant.