NC Beer Month - October


.           October is NC Beer Month!

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. 

In 2023, NC Beer Month will consist of the following components:

  • Governor Cooper's Proclamation of NC Beer Month 
    • Read the proclamation HERE, once issued and signed by the Governor!
  • Untappd #NCBeer Digital Passport & NC Beer Month Sweepstakes 
    • 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 badges and earn entries in the NC Beer Month "Beercation" Sweepstakes!  One lucky winner will be selected to win this year's "Beercation" to the Brewgaloo NC Beer Festival - sponsored by the Shop Local Raleigh and The Longleaf Hotel.  
  • NC Public House at the NC State Fair
    • Now in it's 6th year, State Fair attendees can visit the NC Public House to sample a wide array of NC produced craft beer, and wine. We'll see you there!  Purchase your advanced tickets here!
  • NC Beer Month Special Events
    • Throughout NC Beer Month towns, cities, breweries, taprooms, restaurants, retailers, and more will be hosting special events in celebration of North Carolina’s beer craftsmanship and those destinations where it thrives!   
      • SUBMIT YOUR NC BEER MONTH SPECIAL EVENTS to for inclusion on the official event calendar.


#NCBeer Month Marketing Tool-Kit
CLICK HERE for to access your 2023 #NCBeer Month Marketing Tool-Kit!

#NCBeer Month Marketing Tool-Kit Includes the following Digital Assets:

  • NC Beer Month 2023 logos 
  • NC Beer Month Promotional Overview
  • Social media sample copy
  • NC Public House Info Banner graphic
  • Untappd Limited Edition NCBeer Month Badge Graphics (coming soon!)
  • NC Craft Brewers Guild Logos (various versions & file formats)

Official hashtag: #NCBeerMonth

See also #NCGuildSupported #DrinkNCBeer


#NCBEER Month Events
Do you have a special event planned for NC Beer Month? 
Send your NC Beer Month event details to for inclusion on our official event calendar.



The Proclamation

Stay tuned for details on when & where this will take place.

Traditionally, Governor Roy Cooper will proclaim October 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 $2.26B 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 to 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 socially-distanced pint, or picking up curbside beer-to-go.  Our breweries look forward to welcoming you!  


Untappd #NCBeer Digital Passport & Beercation Sweepstakes

Want to explore the unique breweries of North Carolina, all while earning a chance to win this year's amazing NC Beer Month Passport Sweepstakes prize to Brewgaloo Beer Festival in Raleigh?  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 Passport Sweepstakes!  One lucky winner will be selected to win this year's Brewgaloo NC Beer Festival "Beercation" Sweepstakes Prize - sponsored by the Shop Local Raleigh and The Longleaf Hotel.  


To Participate: Use Untappd to tag the North Carolina brewery you visit and accumulate the following four limited edition NC Beer Month Passport Badges, and up to three chances to win!

  • Badge 1:  Welcome to NC Beer Month 2023!

  • Badge 2:  NC Beer Month Passport Badge, Level 1: Your 5th check-in earns you one sweepstakes entry

  • Badge 3:  NC Beer Month Passport Badge, Level 2: Your 10th check-in earns you an additional sweepstakes entry

  • Badge 4:  NC Beer Month Passport Badge, Level 3: Your 15th check-in earns you a third sweepstakes entry

Click here for the 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

Now in its 6th year, the NC Public House will showcase dozens of breweries, wineries, and cideries from across North Carolina at the North Carolina State Fair.  Patrons of the NC Public House will be able to purchase a $10 Beer+Wine ticket which is redeemed for a serving of wine, cider or beer. Tickets may be purchased in advance, or at the entrance of the NC Public House.  

For more details about participating in the NC Public House, click here.
Click here 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.


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., Lowe's Food, White Labs, Edit Beer Co., and Tryon Distributing.

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 purchase in 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!


Cheers and Happy NC Beer Month!

- The State of Southern Beer