April is North Carolina Beer Month, and this year, Our State turned to its readers to help celebrate the state’s best in brewing. More than 65 Tar Heel breweries were nominated by the Our State staff in 20 categories, and thousands of North Carolinians weighed in to pick the winners. Download the BEER NC app to learn more about the winners, listed below, and discover a new brewery near you.


Impressive Outdoor Space: Highland Brewing Company

Beloved Brew – Dark: Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Big-Hearted Brewery: Appalachian Mountain Brewery

Fantastic Food: Bull City Burger and Brewery

An Eye for Art: Wedge Brewing Company

Pint Pioneer: Weeping Radish Farm Brewery

Magical Mashup: Asheville Brewing Company

Creative Name: Fainting Goat Brewing Company

Local Music Hub: Pisgah Brewing Company

Eco-Defender: Mother Earth Brewing

Beloved Brew – IPA: Hop, Drop ’n Roll IPA, NoDa Brewing Company

New Brewery on the Block: Shortway Brewing Company

Sweet View: Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery

Local Landmark – Eastern: Mother Earth Brewing

Outstanding Label Art: Foothills Brewing

Unique Locale: Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Local Landmark – Western: Burial Beer Co.

Unusual Brew: Bacon Oyster Stout, Ass Clown Brewing Company

Farm-to-Table Brews: Fullsteam Brewery

Local Landmark – Central: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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