2016 NCBMF will be held on May 6th – 7th, 2016.
Look for further information to come.

Previous NCBMF Brewers, 2011 – 2015


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.
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.

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.


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.


White Street Brewing Co., a unique production brewery, opened its doors in September 2012, as Wake Forest's first brewery. Built in the 1930's as a Chevrolet car dealership, the building was renovated into a distinctive beer manufacturing facility. We're so proud of our impressive brewhouse that it's in full view for all to see. No glass windows or walls to hide it.

From our taproom that has exquisite wood accents and original exposed-brick walls, you can enjoy our tasty brews, darts and great conversations. You might even catch one of our brewers in action. Located at 218 South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest, White Street Brewing Co. is an experience and destination in the town's arts and entertainment district.

In 2002, our funky little Colorado grown brew-pub started stuffing our huge, voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale in a can (Dale's Pale Ale). That not only began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, but has grown to add a brewery to the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC and another in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, in 2016. Cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being infinitely recyclable and portable... taking them where your next soul saving adventure takes you.


Noble is a leader in North Carolina craft hard cider, using Western North Carolina apples to create a variety of gluten free, dry to semi-dry hard ciders, made with no artificial flavors or ingredients. Noble Cider is sold on tap throughout WNC and can be found on tap at Noble Cider's own Taproom in Asheville North Carolina. Hard cider was America's first craft beverage. Founded in Beer City USA (Asheville) and NC Apple Country, Noble brings together a rich local history of agriculture, with this region's exciting new craft beverage industry.

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.

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.


Lenny Boy brewing is proud to be part of Charlotte NC's local brewery scene. Offering unique options including organic kombucha, gluten free wild ales, gluten-reduced beers, sours, traditional and much more. When you're looking for a great place to grab a drink that anyone can enjoy, stop into Lenny Boy.

Lenny Boy Brewing

“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.”


Howard Brewing is a 15 barrel brewery based in Lenoir that is producing super fresh craft beer for enjoyment all throughout North Carolina!

Come try one of Howard’s flagship beers: Action Man Lager, Trail Maker Pale Ale, Weekender Pilsner, Lake Fever Black IPA or sample one of their seasonal brews! General Lenoir’s Old Ale or Mistletoe can be found (seasonally) in our taproom as well as local bottle shops!

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.”


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.


Rooted in tradition by not limited by it. We provide a variety of exceptional brews in a casual family friendly setting where good times, community, and new friendships are formed around sharing a great pint! With a stage for live music, outdoor beer garden, and small plate food, we know we will have something for everyone that visits us in Uptown Shelby.


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.”

Windy Hill Cidery - As a licensed and bonded cidery we have been producing Hard Cider at our orchard since 1996. Over the past several years we have expanded our Hard Cider production to meet the demand of this rapidly growing craft beverage market. We currently produce several styles of Hard Cider that are available throughout North and South Carolina.



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.


“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.”


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.  


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.


Since opening its doors in November of 2014, Sycamore Brewing has become a hot spot for craft beer in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood.  In the first year alone, the brewery produced more than 100 different beers, won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and took home the championship of Charlotte Business Journal’s Carolina Beer Madness.  Already in year two, Sycamore has started canning some of its most popular beers, become the new host for South End’s Food Truck Friday, and announced a second taproom with rooftop bar to built at the existing location.  Sycamore strives to produce delicious, exciting beers using the highest quality, all natural ingredients including local when possible.  Sycamore Brewing…Drink Carolina Proud!


Legion Brewing Company was born from the ethos that sharing good beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures.

That spirit of culture is alive in our neighborhood home here in Plaza Midwood. Legion Brewing’s goal is to be a constant uniting force of community and great beer here in Plaza Midwood and the greater Charlotte, NC area.


High Branch Brewing Co. is a family owned brewery located in Concord, North Carolina, approximately 30 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte. We consider ourselves to be a lighthearted, fun and quality driven brewery. Our operation is one that concentrates on fermentation and the characteristics that this step in the brewing process can produce. We like to push the limits on what beer can taste like without overdoing it. At High Branch Brewing Co. we feel that fermentation has the greatest effect on the flavor of the finished beer, and therefore that is what we focus on.


Fortnight Brewing Company is a Craft Brewery and Pub located at 1006 SW Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511. We reproduce tastes of UK beer styles that some of our partners drank in their native England. Our current core range of English Ale, Porter and ESB use only English grown ingredients and yeast. We also offer a Blonde Ale, Coffee Amber and an IPA that is a fusion of English and American IPA styles. An English IPA and seasonal releases will be available in the near future.


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!”

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.


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."


Free Range Brewing, a brewpub currently in its final planning stage, will blend farmhouse tradition, modern sustainability and an industrial flair to create an experience unlike any other in Charlotte. With a passion for creating curiously good beers,

Free Range will offer artisan brews that pair harmoniously with its farm-to-table fare. Free Range will offer an intimate and intriguing dining space that merges with the brewery itself for a uniquely urban-farmstead feel. Beer-lovers will also be able to enjoy Free Range draughts at select area bottle-shops, bars and beer-centric establishments. The brewpub will take full advantage of the culinary and cultural resources from the region to create a product and experience that is distinctly homegrown.


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



Davidson Beverage Company

The DBC has over 300 choices for the craft beer enthusiast. With twelve rotating taps and cold singles, you can enjoy your favorite or new favorite craft beer at the bar or on the patio. If great beer is part of who you are then the DBC is a place for you. Stop by and check out what we have to offer. It'll be different every time as we continue to expand our offerings.





Founders Brewing

Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets.

After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, we were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor.

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.”

Forlorn Strangers is a Nashville, TN based Americana quintet, with members hailing from the great states of Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania & Minnesota. The band is comprised of five songwriters, each having their own distinct sounds & styles that blend into one cohesive voice. Their music is rooted in family harmonies & flavored with guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, & foot stomping percussion.

The band is comprised of sisters Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Dempsey Lusk (mandolin, percussion, vocals); along with Chris Banke (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals), and Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro, guitar, vocals). Since 2013, Forlorn Strangers has released two EPs (While the Grass Grows and American Magic Tricks) and has toured continuously across the United States, playing for an ever-increasing group of appreciative fans. 

This fall, the tour continues from the East Coast through the Mid-Atlantic region and includes a string of dates with ANTI- Records’ Sean Rowe.Finally, the band will hit the studio in January to record its first full-length album and some notable producers have expressed interest in the project including Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Zac Brown Band), Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris) and Doug Lancio (John Hiatt, Patty Griffin). The record will showcase the very best of the band’s new material alongside some of their fan-favorites from their two EPs.