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 370 breweries and brewpubs – the most in the American South – making independent craft beer an essential part of our state’s experience. 

In 2021, NC Beer Month will consist of the following components:

  • Untappd #NCBeer 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 badges and earn entries in the annual NC Beer Month Sweepstakes!
  • NC Public House at the NC State Fair
    • Now in it's 4th year, State Fair attendees can visit the NC Public House to sample a wide array of NC produced craft beer, wine, and soda.  We'll see you there!  Purchase your advanced tickets here!
  • Brewing Funds the Cure
    • The NCCBG has partnered with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to make a difference for children battling cancer.  Support pediatric cancer research by selecting "Brewing Funds the Cure" designated draft selections at participating breweries.
    • 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!  


    #NCBeer Month Marketing Tool-Kit

    Are you an independent craft beer industry member interested in participating in NC Beer Month? 
    Contact Lisa Parker to receive your 2021 #NCBeer Month Marketing Tool-Kit!

    Tool-Kit Includes the following Digital Assets:

    • NC Beer Month 2021 logos (various file formats)
    • Social media sample scripts
    • NC Public House logo (round)
    • NC Public House Info Banner graphic
    • Untappd Limited Edition NCBeer Month Badge Graphics
    • "Brewing Funds the Cure" Logo
    • NC Craft Brewers Guild Logos (various versions & file formats)

    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.


    Official hashtag: #NCBeerMonth
    See also #NCGuildSupported #NCBeerMember


    The Proclamation

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

    This October, Governor Roy Cooper will proclaim October 2021 to be 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 342 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 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 one of two amazing NC Beer Month Passport Sweepstakes prizes?  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!


    Two lucky winners will be selected to win one of the following NC Beer Month sweepstakes prizes:

    • Charlotte Sweepstakes Prize - Take a tour of award-winning CLT breweries on this exciting trip to the Queen City, arranged for us by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA).  Prize package includes the following:

      • Take a tour of award-winning CLT breweries on this exciting trip to the Queen City.  Your stay will include the following:

      • Two-night hotel accommodations, compliments of Holiday Inn & Suites South End

      • Behind-the-scenes craft brewery tour for two, compliments of City Brew Tours

      • Two general admissions tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

      • Two activity passes for the US National Whitewater Center

      • #CLTBeer swag bag of gift cards and apparel from: 

        • Devil’s Logic Brewing

        • Divine Barrel Brewing

        • Heist Brewery

        • NoDa Brewing Co,panu

        • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

        • Petty Thieves Brewing Company

        • Pilot Brewing Company

        • Sugar Creek Brewing Company

        • Triple C Brewing Company

    • Outer Banks Sweepstakes Prize - Experience the charm, history, and natural beauty of the Outer Banks.  Prize includes the following:

      • Two-night hotel accommodations

      • Two general admission tickets to the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke

      • An Outer Banks Adventure certificate for two from Kitty Hawk Kites 

      • Brewery gift certificate

      • #NCBeer swag bag

    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 2021!

    • 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.

    NC Public House at the NC State Fair

    October 14th - October 24th

    The NC Public House will showcase dozens of breweries, wineries, cideries, and craft soda makers from across North Carolina. 

    Patrons of the NC Public House will be able to purchase a Beer+Wine ticket which provides for your choice of two servings of wine, cider or beer. Wine servings are 3 ounces each, and beer or cider servings are 8 ounces each. Tickets may be purchased in advance, or during the fair at the entrance of the NC Public House. Beer+Wine tickets will be $10 each, and tickets for craft sodas may be purchased on-site for $5 each. There is a limit of one Beer+Wine ticket per person (= 2 servings), per visit to the NC Public House.

    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!


    2021 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., and administered by the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

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


    Brewing Funds the Cure

    The NC Craft Brewers Guild has teamed up with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to make a difference for children battling cancer.  Join us in supporting critical pediatric cancer research by visiting participating breweries and having a pint of their "Brewing Funds the Cure" draft selection!  A dollar per each pint sold will directly benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s mission to find less toxic, more therapeutic treatments for children battling cancer!  


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

    Cheers and Happy NC Beer Month!