North Carolina brewers need laws to match their growing pace as demand froths over their glasses.
House Bill 500 would modernize the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission laws with changes such as authorizing tastings during brewery tours, allowing home brewers to participate in exhibitions and competitions and allowing sampling during production for sensory analysis and quality control, according to the North Carolina General Assembly.Continue reading →
Asheville gets a lot of attention for its status as a bona fide beer town and home of mammoth satellite breweries. While that attention is well deserved, North Carolina beer tourists shouldn’t forget about what we’ll boldly call the next big beer scene: The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Its farm-centric and community-minded cities welcome and celebrate artisanal, independent breweries. Not to mention The Triangle’s bottle-shop culture is thriving. This region of North Carolina is a worthy, if not requisite, addition to your beercation bucket list.
It’s called “The Triangle” for the geometry that connects the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, but this historical farmland turned cutting-edge center for engineering and research on the edge of North Carolina’s piedmont has proven to be fertile ground for craft breweries. The area benefits from North Carolina’s statewide agriculture with year-round farmer’s markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and booming agritourism, plus a plethora of processed-minded engineers educated by Duke, UNC, and NC State. It’s the recipe for a great beer town, but only when mixed with state beer laws that support the cause. Most of North Carolina’s craft-beer scene didn’t open until after House Bill 392 was passed in 2005, lifting from 6 percent to 15 percent the ABV cap on beer sold in the state.Continue reading →
While beer is certainly one of the first alcoholic beverages known to civilization, its exact date of origin has never been determined with any precision. Most archaeological evidence suggests that beverages made from combinations of fermented grains and water were first brewed around 4000 to 3500 B.C.E.
Historians theorize that humankind’s fondness for beer played a significant role in our evolution from a society of nomadic hunters and gathers into an agrarian society that would settle down to grow crops.
Indeed, evidence shows that the brewing of beer likely began soon after people started growing cereal grain crops for making bread.Continue reading →
Four Saints Brewing Company and Founder’s Hemp, both based in Asheboro, NC, have brewed, and registered with North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control, North Carolina’s first hemp ale. The craft brewery’s co-owner, COO and head brewer, Andrew Deming, developed an English mild ale recipe that incorporated hemp seeds and spent flower provided by Founder’s Hemp.
Being that the United States’ founders were hemp growers and brewers, the combination made sense on multiple levels. Four Saints has a tradition of using locally sourced ingredients, when possible and available, in seasonal and limited beer offerings. The hemp seeds and spent flower were sourced and provided by Founder’s Hemp. Epiphany Craft Malts, of Durham, make up the majority of this beer’s malt bill.Continue reading →
As anyone who’s taken a tour of a brewery can testify, brewing beer is as much a science as it is an art. It requires an understanding of how all the ingredients chemically interact—steeping the grains to extract flavor, boiling out the sugar from the malted barley to make the wort, fermenting the beer and letting the yeast do its chemical magic. But D9 Brewing has taken that science aspect to the extreme.
“We create distinctive crafted ales by sciencing the shit out of them,” says Andrew Durstewitz, D9’s CEO.Continue reading →
To help beer drinkers understand which products are truly independently owned (here’s a definition of true “craft beer”), the Brewers Association (a not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting small and independent craft brewers) recently launched a new certified seal that authentic independent craft brewers can tout on their labels — to further distance “craft beer” from “corporate beer” brands owned by investor-run beverage corporations such as AB InBev, which currently owns nameplates like Goose Island, Blue Point Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Virtue Cider and Devils Backbone Brewing.Continue reading →
(Columbia, SC) – For the fourth time in just 7 years, the South Carolina legislature has passed new legislation, signed into law by the Governor, that fundamentally changes the craft beer scene in South Carolina.
S .114 allows craft breweries to donate their product to charities, in an effort to support the many good causes across South Carolina providing help to our state’s residents. It also allows brewers to participate in nonprofit events by pouring product and providing equipment.
S .275 allows breweries to sell liquor, which is particularly helpful to the brewpubs in South Carolina planning to distribute their product, most notably Hunter Gatherer in Columbia and Edmund’s Oast In Charleston.Continue reading →
There are so many breweries in Asheville, Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina that you almost need a map directory to keep track or them all. In fact, Asheville alone has 28 craft breweries according to the Asheville Beer Scene, and the surrounding area has over 60 and keeps growing. Over the past decade or so, the local craft brewing landscape has just exploded.
When considering opening a brewery — and investing half a million dollars in the process — potential owners at least must consider the saturation point as a possibility.Continue reading →
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Craft brewery is big business in the state of North Carolina and OMB will become a major attraction to Cornelius, with not just a brewery, but a German-style “Brauhaus,” complete with high ceilings, wood paneling and soft German pretzels, Currywurst and a great selection of traditional sausages as well as fresh salads, handmade pizza, wings and premium Angus beef burgers.
Most notably, due dates for excise taxes and bond requirements in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 have been modified to ease the upfront cash outlay for brewers, distillers and winemakers.
Beginning with the calendar quarter that starts on January 1, 2017, taxpayers are exempt from bond requirements if they reasonably expect to be liable for not more than $50,000 in taxes imposed on distilled spirits, wine, and beer for the calendar year, were liable for not more than $50,000 in such taxes in the preceding calendar year, and pay taxes on a semi-monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Such taxpayers are exempt from bond requirements with respect to distilled spirits and wine only to the extent those products are for nonindustrial use.Continue reading →