For those of you who don't get the paper delivered, or might be outside of my AO, our major news daily had a front-page article about all the malty delicious happenings in our town. In addition to the two nationally-owned brewpubs, there are seven new craft breweries that have opened here in The Queen City in just a short span of years. Click here for the original article.
For those of you who may not be privy to the information, North Carolina is enjoying some incredible outside investment. The western part of the state is soon to be home to new facilities for New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues. While the Charlotte area's beer development is more centered around smaller breweries, these developments will be healthy for our state and greater region, both in terms of economics and consumer selection. North Carolina is poised to be a major player in the next phase of the Craft Beer Revolution.
Now that this article is out, I hope that several of the breweries that have sprung up will enjoy a little publicity, and that others will enjoy continued success. And it's a good reminder for me to get out and sample their wares. I am well-versed in the Olde Mecklenburg product portfolio, and have sampled one beer from Birdsong. I'm looking forward to trying beers from Heist, Ass Clown, Triple C and NoDa breweries. If you have any suggestions as to which I should hit first, leave a comment below.