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Fonta Flora, Morganton

Agriculture meets artisanship at Fonta Flora. The result? Sensational beers infused with local ingredients plucked from the surrounding mountains. We recommend Scuppadine, an Appalachian wild ale fermented with native muscadine grapes. Or try Break of Moon, a “quenchable and crushable” fruit beer fermented with black raspberries. 

317 North Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 475-0153

Fullsteam Brewing, Durham  

Each of Fullsteam’s brews represents a celebration of Southern agricultural traditions and a commitment to the local community. Try Ultraviolet, a fruited gose brewed with blackberry puree and blueberries from Indian Grove Farms in Mount Airy. For something a little more bitter, try Foxfire, an IPA brewed with sorghum from Triple Creek Farms in Yadkinville.

726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-2337

Free Range Brewing, Charlotte

With its passion for commitment to using local ingredients, Free Range always has something interesting in the taproom. Order the Carolina Kumquat, Say What?!, a lightly earthy Carolina saison fermented with, yes, kumquats. Or try All I Knead, a tart and citrusy IPA brewed with a 200-year-old sourdough yeast starter from Duke’s Bread in Charlotte.

2320 North Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
(980) 201-9096

Koi Pond Brewing, Rocky Mount 

At “The Pond,” refresh with the Strawberry Lotus, a Belgian saison fermented with local strawberries and honey that won the gold medal at the 2016 North Carolina Brewer’s Cup. Also try the White Elephant, a farmhouse saison infused with Thai basil.

1107 Falls Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 231-1660

Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston

At Mother Earth, brewers are always in touch with the seasons. With a name like that, would you expect anything less? Try the Spring Forward, a floral IPA brewed with jasmine. Looking for a beer to enjoy outside? Try Park Day, a light-bodied Bohemian pilsner that pairs nicely with — you guessed it — a day in the park.

311 North Herritage Street
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 208-2437

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Mary Katherine Walt was a spring 2019 editorial intern.