NC Beer Month - October

NC Beer Month,  presented by
  "The official grocer of NC Beer!"                         
NC Beer Month is a time for North Carolinians and tourists alike to explore the independent craft breweries of our state and savor a pint of finely crafted local beer.  From big cities to small towns, North Carolina has more than 420 breweries and brewpubs – the most in the American South – making independent craft beer an essential part of our state’s experience. 

A look at this year's NC Beer Month:

  • Governor Cooper's Proclamation of NC Beer Month 
    • Click here to read the full Proclamation, once issued.
  • Untappd NC Beer Month Digital Passport & NC Beer Month Sweepstakes - Click here for all the details!
    • Throughout October, as you visit the independent breweries across North Carolina, use Untappd, the popular “drink socially” smartphone app, to unlock limited edition NC Beer Month Passport badges and earn entries in the NC Beer Month "Beercation" Sweepstakes!  One lucky winner will be selected to win this year's trip to to Brewgaloo in downtown Raleigh - North Carolina’s largest craft beer festival! Sponsored by the Shop Local Raleigh and The Longleaf Hotel.  
  • NC Public House at the NC State Fair - Oct. 12-22, 2023
    • NC State Fair attendees can visit the NC Public House to enjoy a wide array of NC produced beer, wine, & sodas. Located in the South Lobby of Dorton Arena, directly across from the Stargazer Ferris Wheel!   Purchase your advanced tickets here!
    • NC Beer Month Special Events
      • Throughout NC Beer Month towns, cities, breweries, taprooms, restaurants and more will be hosting events in celebration of North Carolina’s beer craftsmanship and those destinations where it thrives!  Click here for the NC Beer Month Events Calendar!


    Join us for a pint in The State of Southern Beer !


    The Proclamation

    This October, Governor Roy Cooper is anticipated to sign a proclamation of October 2023 as NC Beer Month.  The proclamation reaffirms North Carolina’s vibrant and rich craft beer heritage.  From locally malted grains to expertly crafted lagers and ales, North Carolina has gained international recognition for craft beer excellence.  Beginning in 1985 with Weeping Radish, the independent craft beer industry has grown to 420+ breweries today.  Known as “The State of Southern Beer”, the industry contributes more than $2.7B to the state’s economy, and has been instrumental in revitalizing many small towns and cities throughout the state.

    The independent North Carolina craft beer industry is proud to serve our citizens and is committed to helping build the communities we serve.   We invite you to join the month-long celebration of North Carolina brewing craftsmanship by visiting your local brewery for a pint with friends and family. Our breweries look forward to welcoming you!  


    Untappd NC Beer Month Passport + Sweepstakes

    Want to explore the unique breweries of North Carolina, all while earning a chance to win an amazing NC Beer Month Sweepstakes prize?  Throughout October, as you visit independent craft breweries across North Carolina, use Untappd, the popular “drink socially” smartphone app, to unlock limited edition NC Beer Month Passport badges and earn entries in the annual NC Beer Month Sweepstakes!

    One lucky winner will be selected to win this year's NC Beer Month "Beercation" sweepstakes prize to Brewgaloo - North Carolina's largest beer festival - sponsored by Shop Local Raleigh and The Longleaf Hotel.  This year's prize package includes:

    To Participate: Use Untappd to tag the North Carolina brewery you visit and accumulate limited edition NC Beer Month Passport Badges, and up to three chances to win!   Click here for the competition details and official sweepstakes rules.

    Special thanks to our NC Beer Month Sweepstakes Sponsors!

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    NC Public House at the NC State Fair

    October 12th - October 22nd, 2023

    Back in it's 6th year, the NC Public House will showcase dozens of breweries, wineries, and cideries from across North Carolina. 

    Patrons of the NC Public House will be able to purchase a $10 Beer or Wine ticket which provides for one serving of your choice of wine, cider or beer. Tickets may be purchased in advance, or during the fair at the entrance of the NC Public House. Soda (non-alcoholic) may be purchased on-site for $5.
    Proceeds support the NC Craft Brewers Guild's efforts to promote, educate, and advocate for North Carolina’s independent craft breweries.

    Click here for more details and to purchase advanced tickets.

    NC Beer Month Events

    Throughout NC Beer Month, special events from the mountains to the coast will connect beer lovers with local brews that highlight the talent and creativity of our acclaimed craft breweries.  The NC Craft Brewers Guild has partnered with the NCBeerGuys to provide you with a calendar of special events happening across the state. 
    (Are you a NC brewery or craft beer retailer with an event to highlight? Send all #NCBeer Month event notices to to be included on the calendar.)

    Check-Out the NCBeer Month Events Calender HERE!


    2023 NC Brewers Cup Competition

    As you explore the state's breweries, don't miss the opportunity to sample some of this year's award-winning beers!  The NC Brewers' Cup is the largest craft beer competition in North Carolina.  All independent craft commercial brewers in NC are invited to participate in this BJCP sanctioned beer competition, sponsored by Pro Refrigeration, Inc., Tryon Distributing, and Lowe’s Foods, the “Official Grocer of NC Beer”. The competition is administered by the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

    Click here to check-out this year's award-winning breweries and beers!


    Shop #NCBeer this October!

    The NC Craft Brewers Guild has teamed up with the following retail partners to provide you with NC Beer merchandise, just in time for NC Beer Month (and holiday shopping!!!)  For each purchase made through the links below, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the NC Craft Brewers Guild.

    2023 #NCBeer Official T-Shirt:  Looking for a way to show your love for NC craft beer? Look no further than our NC Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) t-shirts!  Featuring the names of the 200+ brewery members of the NCCBG, our tees are the perfect way to show your support for the amazing independent breweries that make NC a top-tier beer state - and look great doing it!   For a closer look at the t-shirt, and to make your purchase, CLICK HERE!

    NC BEER 2023 T-SHIRT, a Black Classic Unisex Tee  NC BEER 2023 T-SHIRT, a Black Classic Unisex Tee (back-view)

    2023 Pint Glass:  This year, the NC Craft Brewers Guild designed an exclusive, limited-edition glass for NC Beer Month!  A portion of the proceeds from every glass purchase goes back to support #NCBeer! 
    Purchase your glass at any of the following taprooms Kōmana Brewing Co, Booneshine Brewing Co., Clouds Brewing, Burlington Beer Works, Heckler Brewing Company, R&D Brewing,  Trophy Brewing Co., Good Hops Brewing, and Lost Province Brewing Co.

    Beer to Bags:  Beer to Bags is the answer to an unnecessary problem of waste in the brewing industry!  Durable, cleaned malt bags make the perfect reusable tote bag. What was a single-use plastic is now getting a life extension of at least five years and countless uses. When you purchase the 2023 "Drink Local NC Pocket Brew Bag", 1% from each bag purchased during the month of October is donated to #NCBeer!

    Drink Local NC Pocket Brew Bag.    The 2023 "Drink Local NC Pocket Brew Bag" is available for purchase online HERE 

    Cheers and Happy NC Beer Month!