Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
April has been officially proclaimed NC Beer Month for the second year in a row. Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Tourism and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, the next 30 days are filled with events that highlight and celebrate the state’s breweries and the craft of the brewing tradition that has been booming in our state of late. Did you know our state now has nearly 100 craft breweries, the most of any state east of Texas and South of Pennsylvania? That’s more than enough to play a real life “99 bottles of beer on the wall” with nothing but local brews.
If you take a look at the events in the Triangle alone, you’ll find festivals, beer dinners, special cask tappings and just a lot of fun everywhere. Today, Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill releases the annual favorite Blue Ridge Blueberry Wheat. At downtown Raleigh’s Crank Arm Brewing 15 casks from 15 Wake County breweries will be tapped. In Durham, Fullsteam (in collaboration with Kinston’s Mother Earth Brewing) releases a hoppy beer created with NC wheat that they’re calling “SnAPA”. And that’s just the first day of the month. Pace yourself people.
However, this is North Carolina Beer Month, all across the state. Opportunities to experience the state’s craft beer scene are available from the coast (have you visited Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, the nation’s first wind-powered brewery?) to the mountains (that’s where I’m heading at the end of the month – Asheville, please save me a few brews). The NC Beer Month website holds all the info you’ll ever need to make the most of this month.
In addition to that wonderful resource, I’m going to recommend that you follow local blogger Matt of EatWriteGo as he opens a new bottle of NC Beer each day at 5 pm. And the NC Beer Guys too – they know everything about NC Beer and they even taste test it for you.
Happy Beer Month, North Carolina. Cheers!