North Carolina Beer – PorchDrinking.com
Newgrass Brewing opened its doors in July 2015 in the quaint town of Shelby, NC. They are located between Charlotte and Asheville, just off of Highway 74, making it a convenient stop when traveling between the two cities.
Resident Culture is arguably Charlotte’s best brewery. They were just ranked in the Top 10 North Carolina Breweries on Untappd for 2019 and they were named the 2018 10th Best New Brewery in the World from RateBeer, just to name a few of their many accolades.
Located in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, Resident Culture opened their doors two years ago. Their motto, “Stay Funky,” is encapsulated in their beers, can artwork, swag and in the taproom itself.
Many PorchDrinking readers already recognize North Carolina as one of the country’s best beer states, but most of the attention goes to Asheville in the western tip. The beer scene in Raleigh, several hours east, is exciting and vibrant as well and worthy of a weekend beercation. The greater Raleigh area hosts such heavyweights as Fullsteam Brewery, Lonerider Brewing, Trophy Brewing, Brewery Bhavana, Bond Brothers Brewing—as well as numerous other breweries—and a few top notch beer bars. Only one brewery in the City of Oaks bears the city’s name however: Raleigh Brewing Company.
Drinking beer is as much an adventure as an education. At least, for me it is. For example, just the other week I discovered yet another new style, the kvass, a traditionally Slavic beverage, brewed with rye bread that is low in alcohol (≤1%) and slightly sour. A quick read on Wikipedia informed me of kvass’ long, historic journey from the Middle Ages to modern-day.