2015 NCBMF will be held on May 8th – 9th, 2015.
Look for further information to come.

Previous NCBMF Brewers, 2011 – 2014


Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, is Highland Brewing Company. Asheville's first legal brewery rolled out its first kegs in December 1994. Built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment, the original brewery in downtown Asheville could produce up to 6,500 barrels per year. At the current location, 10 minutes from downtown, they now have capacity to brew over 30,000 barrels annually, with room to grow. Highland's fresh, finely crafted ales are available in seven southeastern states. As North Carolina's only regional brewery, Highland produces an impressive array of beers, from the best-selling Gaelic to their popular winter seasonal, Cold Mountain Ale. Visit them online at highlandbrewing.com.
The Vance Toe River Lodge was originally built in 1919 as the T. B. Vance General Store. After trading hands through the years and seeing its fair share of abuse it was renovated by the Young family and continues to evolve. What started as a B&B eventually moved to become a small family owned resort now offering an array of activities making Plumtree, NC a true destination. After a few years of avid homebreweing, the dream to add a brewery to the line-up slowly moved towards reality. After a few more years of recipe formulation and piles of paperwork later, the brewery finally opened in August of 2012. We are excited to be able to live in such a wonderful place and still have the ability to follow our passions. Come out to Plumtree so we can prove to you that we’re nuts about beer!!
Primal Brewery was founded in 2013 and is a micro-brewery focused on the production of a variety of quality small-batch beers.

Webster’s defines the word “primal” as being essential or fundamental and from our perspective quality beer IS essential and fundamental to a good quality of life. To that end, we strive to brew beers infused with flavor and attitude seeking to satisfy the appetites of Traditionalist’s and Progressive’s alike.

Our brewery and tap house is located in Huntersville, North Carolina at 16432 Old Statesville Road just north of the Huntersville town square. For more information and to keep track of our progress please follow us on Facebook at Primal Brewery.

From www.DuckRabbitBrewery.com:

“We are a small packaging microbrewery located in Farmville, North Carolina. We sold our first beer in August of 2004. We specialize in beautiful, delicious, full flavored dark beers. When we brew, we’re happy and we dance. During fermentation, we sing softly to the yeast. Please try our beer and enjoy a taste of contentment!”

In December 2012, Mastroeli-MacNeil Equity Investments, LLC financed the purchase of the original Granite Bottling Works property from Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. The principals financed a painstaking build-out, and are proud of the adaptive reuse of this warehouse/manufacturing space into a supper club, eatery, and old-style "watering hole." The 31,690 square foot configuration of two old warehouses situated on 2.08 acres contiguous to Downtown Granite Falls, with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at its back, has been repurposed as a restaurant and put back into commission as a beverage production facility. The original 1903 Bolick’s Bottling Plant still stands as and within the brick walls along the left side of the building and lobby interior.

The Owners and the Brewmaster of Granite Falls Brewing Company invite you to visit our site, indulge in an experience that is In A Glass By Itself, partake of laughter, fellowship and community, lo and behold what we unearthed between the walls and specimens of the original Granite Bottling Works bottles, and become a part of a Great American Revival Story. One that is still being written today.



“Birdsong Brewing is one of Charlotte’s newest microbreweries. Birdsong was founded in 2011 with a quest for better beer and a 5 gallon soup kettle. Our vision is similar to many of our favorite craft brewing mentors who have inspired us to open our own brewery: We strive to brew flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers for distribution in the Charlotte, NC area.

We are located in NoDa at 26th & North Davidson and we started retail distribution and tap room sales in December 2011. Our goal is to create outstanding beer, to have a low impact on the environment, and to create personal relationships and ties to the local community.”


District 9 Brewing Company is a craft microbrewery located in North Carolina with the purpose of brewing and sharing outstanding beer that unites people together. First envisioned in July 2009 over a pot of boiling wort, the founders (below) believed that every person, and beer, has a story and decided to start a brewery where both could be shared.


Take the goodness of garden-grown products, the warmth of small town life, the earthy ethic of rock 'n roll, a deep respect for a time-honored craft...and you have the ingredients of Mother Earth Brewing. Born in the summer of 2008, Mother Earth is the dream-child of Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring, two guys from Kinston, North Carolina, a sweet southern town in the heart of the old tobacco belt….

….From beer-drinking conversations and taste testing, brewery tours and beer festivals, their vision evolved: make a world-class product, but keep the process local. "Kinston is home to us." Both Stephen and Trent grew up going to school in the little city of under 25,000, and have centered their business careers there. As a local businessman and outdoor enthusiast, Trent shared Stephen's interest in arts, preservation of a down-home lifestyle, and community revitalization. "Like a lot of modest hometowns across the nation, Kinston is searching, trying to grow and attract new folks and new businesses without losing that neighborhood feeling that makes living here so appealing. This has always been a hub of an active farm area. We thought, wouldn't it be great to make a product that has its roots in the land?"

When it came time to christen their homegrown business, they sat down and listened to rock 'n roll. "All my vinyl albums from 1965 to the present-we went through them, listening to the great sound and writing down words and phrases that spoke to our philosophy. Finally, on an old Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album, we found Mother Earth. And we knew, that was us."


Triple C Brewing is the newest addition to a burgeoning craft beer movement in Charlotte, NC. Located in the historic South End district, Triple C is dedicated to hand crafting the finest Ales imaginable with a focus on the community as well as the environment. Our goal is to bring people together with a constant array of beer styles, new and old, accompanied by great live music. We are a group of Craft Beer lovers fortunate enough to take it to the next level. We love variety as much as you do, so along with our core beers and seasonals, we'll be showcasing our small batch series. These beers will only be served in our Tasting Room, where we invite your input and will be giving scheduled tours. From session to extreme, we believe there is a beer for every occassion.


The Lost Province Brewing Company is a brewpub located in the heart of historic downtown Boone, NC.  We serve stylistically authentic and innovative craft beers brewed on site, and savory fare cooked in our wood-fired oven.  We use local and organic ingredients wherever possible.  Lost Province is a family owned and operated business that is committed to our community, environment and employees and strives above all to provide an experience of gracious hospitality for all of our guests.  At Lost Province you will find a family friendly and relaxing atmosphere with something fun happening each day.  Make us your destination to meet up with friends to have a beer or to dine with us.   We feature daily lunch specials and live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Find yourself at the Lost Province!  Cheers!

Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher have guided what once was a college dream into a well-respected and recognized brewery with statewide distribution in both draught and bottles and two high-volume, successful brewpub locations as anchors. As one would expect, the pair continue to refine and expand the overall Natty Greene's brand and continue to dream big for what the future has on tap. Their two Pub & Brewing Co. locations - downtown Greensboro and downtown Raleigh - offer 12 handcrafted Natty Greene's beers on tap every day of the year including their five year-round offerings; Guilford Golden Ale, Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Pale Ale, Old Town Brown and Wildflower Witbier. The other seven are brewed on-site at each pub and are called Pubcrafts. Each of their pubs brews its own Pubcraft styles and takes advantage of the smaller batches to make some of their most popular and creative styles.
"Our aim for Sycamore Brewing is simple: use the freshest ingredients possible and brew all-natural, extraordinarily tasty craft beer.”

We have proud roots in homebrewing and North Carolina.  After humbly perfecting some of our favorite recipes over the last decade, we are incredibly excited to share them with you.  Justin was born and raised here in Charlotte, and we take pride in Sycamore Brewing being part of the city's dynamic and growing craft beer scene.  
If you love good beer as much as we do, we can't wait to have you join us in the taproom for a pint... or several. 
- Justin and Sarah

We are a company that makes beer. But, we want to be people that help a culture thrive. A culture of individuals who truly live life to the fullest and gain the greatest life experience not through television or books but through direct adventures.


The Bayne Brewing Company is a family-owned nano beer brewery based out of Cornelius, NC.  As a brewery, we specialize in making the highest quality brews possible, sourcing the best ingredients available. We utilize a 2 barrel brew system which allows us to make top notch, small batch beers.  We will have several beers on hand at any given time and plan to make over 30 varieties over the first year of business.

At Hi-Wire, we strive to be as independent and authentic as possible, while maintaining an approachability to our beers.  Located in Downtown Asheville s Brew District, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom   from its highly drinkable, hand-crafted brews to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist.

Our light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft.  You can find our beers on draught and in bottles at North Carolina bars and restaurants as well as in our tasting room.  Or grab a 6-pack of bottles at area groceries, gas stations, convenience stores, and specialty beer/wine shops.

Founded in 1999 by Brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton, Shelton Vineyards was envisioned as a new agricultural resource for an area once dependent on tobacco farming. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, Shelton Vineyards is 180 degrees from any winery you will find on the West Coast. The distinctive characteristics of Shelton wine come from the unique soil and climate of the Yadkin Valley. This helps give Shelton wine an inimitable taste that holds its own against any wine from any area in the world. We invite you to visit us, try our wine and see if you agree that our wine is as unique as the area we are in.

Fresh, Pure, Bavarian-Style Lagers!

Pure...   Brewed according to the 1516 Law of Purity using only Bavarian Hops, Malted Barley & Yeast. Brewed without any of the 400 additives & preservatives allowed in US beers.

Fresh...   Real Bavarian-Style Lager that has neither been filtered or pasteurized... all this difference makes for a Rich, Smooth Taste


Lenny Boy Brewing
Fonta Flora operates out of a small but intentional space in Morganton, North Carolina. What we lack in size we make up for in enthusiasm and experimentation. Our beer is inspired by European tradition but steeped in American innovation. We brew Saisons, Tables, Sours, Ales, Stouts, you name it, all in small batches.


Since mid-2012 we've brewed many different beers, ½ barrel at at time. Thanks to the great response from our customers, in early 2014 we expanded to a new location in Elkin and to a new 10 barrel system. We now need help drinking it all!


2011 NCBMF Brewer of the Year

“NoDa Brewing Company opened its doors to the world on October 29, 2011 and is one of Charlotte’s newest home-grown microbrewery for beer lovers in the Carolinas! This unique production brewery in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood crafts small-batch premium beers, offering something for nearly every beer drinker. The North Davidson (NoDa) neighborhood is known as the creative center of Charlotte: as a natural extension of NoDa’s artistic spirit, there isn’t a better place for a microbrewery to call home.

NoDa Brewing is a 15 barrel brewery creating the highest quality beers for local restaurants and pubs, as well as our tap room. Our beer styles will have a Northwestern feel, showcasing American Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, and Porters. Our small size gives us the flexibility to introduce many unique and artistic recipes as well as our renditions of classic varieties such as Imperial Stouts, Wit beers, and Winter Warmers. Our Head Brewer frequently traveled to Europe over the past couple years. He has been fortunate to have experienced the wonderful beers that have historically defined many current craft beer styles. As we pay homage to these great and historic beers, we’ll add an American Flair that will be embraced in the Carolinas and beyond.”


2012 NCBMF Brewer of the Year

Ass Clown Brewing Company

“We believe in making a product that is NOT based off of a profit model, but uses the best local organic ingredients (when available) We also believe it is important to know what is in the beer you drink and that it is made in an environmentally responsible way. Ass Clown Brewing strives to be a "green" brewing company that uses alternative energy and finds uses for brewing waste. For example, our warehouse will have recycled items, lights, furniture and equipment. Local ingredients will also be a focus for Ass Clown Brewing Company. We grow our own hops. As our production expands we will be looking for North Carolina hop growing farms, malting farms, spices and fruits.”


Terrapin Beer Company was born when two brewers met while working together at a microbrewery in Atlanta. Looking around at what other breweries in the SE were doing, Spike and John felt they could make a contribution. Realizing that anyone could make just another pale ale, brown ale or stout, Spike and John set their sights on crafting beers unlike any that were currently available in the SE.



In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a biology student. After several years of apprenticing with other master brewers, Mark was ready to begin crafting beer using his own recipes.
He found the perfect spot in Charlottesville, VA – a historic storefront on Main Street that was once home to the state of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation. In September 1999, Mark re-opened the doors and introduced the “Starr Hill” Brewery. Named after the local neighborhood, the brewery shared its historic building with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, and it was there that Mark's delicious craft beers became a favorite to visiting beer lovers, musicians, and music fans from around the world. Nineteen prestigious awards later, Mark’s brews continue to be a hit at beer and music festivals nationwide.


Rooted in tradition but not limited by it.  Newgrass Brewing Company is opening in the heart of Uptown Shelby, North Carolina mid Summer 2015. You can find us between the Earl Scruggs Center and the Don Gibson Theatre!  Featuring a 7 barrel brewhouse, we aim to maximize the hidden potential of being nestled in the agricultural hub that is Cleveland County while helping to revitalize historic Uptown Shelby.  The original structure was built in 1909 and now includes a stage for live music with a mezzanine area for added space.  At Newgrass Brewing we love nothing more than enjoying uniquely crafted brews paired with live music! 


Premium quality beer requires premium quality ingredients. OMB therefore decided early on that it would adhere to the oldest beer purity law in the world (the world famous German "Reinheitsgebot").

This law says that there can be only four ingredients in  beer (Barley or wheat malt, hops, yeast and pure water).  We do not and will never cheapen our beer with inferior ingredients like corn or rice that lower the cost but ruin the flavor, head and body of the beer.  


It's not work, it's beer.

Welcome to the oldest Brewery in the State of South Carolina. We've been making great beer here since 1993. We were founded following a wind-surfing trip to the Columbia River Gorge. After drinking beer from the local brewery, we knew that Charleston needed a brewery of its own. We brought something different to a landscape dominated by yellow fizzy beer.


Red Clay Ciderworks is slated to be the first local Cidery to open in charlotte, North Carolina. With the craft beer movement alive and thriving in the queen city, we’re proud to add locally made hard cider to the mix. We hope to have our doors open by late spring 2015.

Naturally gluten free, our distinct, dry ciders are made right here in charlotte. Using fresh pressed juice from North Carolina apples ensures a product you can both enjoy and be proud of.


Building a new cider company from the ground up with a vision for hard cider to regain its rightful place as the #1 alcoholic beverage in America—that’s bold.

Using reclaimed materials in our new construction, giving apple pomace left after juicing to a local pig farmer, and raising money for the Rockfish Valley Foundation are some of the ways that we tread lightly.

Bold Rock can now be found in VA, MD, WV, DC, and parts of NC, SC and PA.  We partner with our wonderful distributors and great retailers to make it happen.


HEIST BREWERY has quickly become one of Charlotte’s greatest destinations for craft beer, creative cocktails, and twisted eats. A Belgian centric brewpub located in the heart of NoDa, the Heist Brewery experience begins the moment you walk through the door. We offer a modern yet rustic atmosphere, where new flavors of beer, wood-fired specialties and contemporary cuisine blend perfectly.


The Pyatt brothers were never going to contain their love for brewing beer
in 5 gallon carboys.  So, in 1996, they cobbled together used pieces of
brewing equipment, chicken coop walkins, and homemade vessels to bring
their commercial vision to life. Catawba's Red Ale was the first Catawba
beer sold back in 1999. Three of Asheville's original craft beer bars;
Mellow Mushroom, Barley's, and The Bier Garden, bought our first kegs.
Proudly, all three of these establishments remain customers today.  Our
business and our beers continue to evolve, with 7 standards brews always
on tap, and seasonal fan favorites continuing to roll out.  Many of our
brands are packaged "to go" in 12 oz. cans.  We will begin brewing all our
specialty beers at our new location in Asheville in 2015.  Seasonals, plus
beer barrel aged in whiskey, tequila, rum, and wine barrels will be the
highlight of our Asheville operation.

Our new home is in the old Standard Paper Sales building on Asheville's
hip South Slope.  The building was constructed in 1929, but the stock
market crash and depression hit Asheville hard and the building spent 10
years waiting to be enlivened with business.  In the meantime, it hosted a
roller skating rink.  From 1939 until  2010, it  was Standard Paper's
home, run by three generations of the Boling/Woodhouse family.  This grand
building is steeped in history and faded with time.   Catawba's brewing
operation  personalizes the character of the space, while remaining true
to the texture and patina of her 86 years of history.  We honor the
industrial past of the South Slope, while using it as inspiration for our
continued vibrancy.  The barrel room, which opens to the outside deck, is
a place where we can host groups with beers that aren't available anyplace
else.  Plan to join us!


The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”



From www.bigbossbrewing.com : “At Big Boss, we brew real beer. Beer for people who appreciated the fact that while different styles of beer taste, well, different, a well-made beer always satisfies. Big boss is designed to be appreciated, but crafted to be enjoyed. It’s a beer drinker’s “house brand” – always satisfying. Enjoy a pint when you’re out, and keep a few in the fridge. Better yet, become a “Friend of the Boss” by joining out email list or visiting us at our brewery and taproom in Raleigh, North Carolina.”