Craft Beverage Industry

North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South, and 26 of them are in the Charlotte area. In 2010, only 45 breweries were open in North Carolina. In 2014 there were 120 breweries in N.C., and now there are approximately 159.

There are 13 cideries in North Carolina, with at least one more opening in 2016. Red Clay Cider Works is the first cidery to open in Charlotte. GoodRoad CiderWorks plans to open in the Fall of 2016, and will offer cider and mead. There are currently three meaderies in North Carolina.

There are close to 33 licensed distilleries in North Carolina, and seven of those are in the Charlotte area.

Download a PDF of the impact of craft beer in the Charlotte area. Note that this piece is revised frequently.

Download a list of craft beverage manufacturers in the region.

Download a list of beverage industry service providers in N.C.