Don’t miss Front Street Brewery’s list of 9 North Carolina beers you should try. See their list here.

1. Hickory Stick Stout • Olde Hickory Brewery

Hickory Stick Stout


Description: Traditional stout with lots of malt flavor and Cascade hops
Why I like it: This beer manages to be subtle and robust all at the same time.


2. Hoppyum IPA • Foothills Brewing

Hoppyum IPA


Description: American IPA made with British malts and predominately Simcoe hops. Great armoa and smooth dry finish.
Why I like it: My favorite beer. Period. This is one that helped put Foothills on the map. It has lots of great flavor from both the malts and the hops.


3. Milk Stout • Duck Rabbit Brewing


Description: A traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar)
Why I like it: It is subtly sweet and nicely balanced with the roasted grains.


4. People’s Porter • Foothills Brewery

People's Porter


Description: A robust English-style Porter, hints of coffee, caramel, and toffee
Why I like it: This is a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a dark beer. It’s very smooth and surprisingly refreshing.


5. Serenity • Wicked Weed

Description: American Wild Ale, tart and sour
Why I like it: This is one of the best examples of this type of beer – it’s very pungent and a great change of pace.


6. Sexual Chocolate • Foothills Brewery

Photo courtesy of All The Same Song.

Photo courtesy of All The Same Song.

Description: A cocoa-infused Imperial Stout with notes of toffee and dark fruit
Why I like it: This is a ‘bucket list’ beer. The aroma alone will get you; complex flavors in each sip.


7. Shiva IPA • Asheville Brewing Company



Description: American IPA with Columbus hops
Why I like it: They say that this one will lift you to a higher plane. Who am I to argue?


8. St. Terese Pale Ale • Highland Brewing Company

Bryan Roth

photo: Bryan Roth

Description: A pale ale with a slightly malty body balanced with hop flavor
Why I like it: It has a great balance in the malt and hops and it’s a very aromatic beer.


 9. Torch Pilsner • Foothills Brewing

Description: A classic Czech-style pilsner
Why I like it: It’s a great warm-weather beer – refreshing with a very clean finish.


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Erin Reitz is a former digital content specialist at Our State.