North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries

Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke

John F. Blair, Publisher
$19.95 paperback
5½ x 8½           
364 pages
130 black-and-white photos
May 2016

Boasting more craft breweries than any other state in the South, North Carolina is the state of Southern beer. In 2012, Erik Lars Myers wrote North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, which profiled 45 breweries. Since then, the number of breweries has more than tripled to over 150 and is still growing. Now, Myers and his wife, Sarah H. Ficke, have produced an expanded and updated second edition.

As in the first edition, Myers and Ficke relate the story of each brewery, profiling the brewers as well as the establishment’s history and the vision of its founders. They also provide details such as location, contact information, and hours of operation.

What one reviewer called “an indispensable regional beer handbook” is back and better than ever, offering the ideal introduction for people learning about craft beer and a great resource for enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their craft beer experience.


“Erik’s passion for the craft, culture, and heritage of beer is unrivaled. This collection of portraits . . . delivers both the information and the romance of this exciting young industry. Don’t read it without a good North Carolina craft beer to go with it.” —Daniel Bradford, president of All About Beer magazine and producer of the World Beer Festival
“Erik Myers had to capture one of the country’s most vibrant and explosive beer centers. Lucky us: he’s done a great job!” —Lew Bryson, author of Pennsylvania Breweries and New York Breweries
“Erik Lars Myers captures the spirit and soul of today’s craft brewers in this thoughtful and gorgeously illustrated tour of North Carolina brewing. Read this and you’ll under¬stand why contemporary American brewing is about more than beer.” —Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
“The American South has become an exciting destination for ‘beercations’—nowhere more so than North Carolina, where beer geeks plan pilgrimages to Asheville. But what Erik Lars Myers’s North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries shows is that truly soaking up Cackalackee suds requires an epic road trip from the mountains to the Outer Banks. . . . With so many exciting new breweries in the works, including his own Mystery Brewing Company, I’m already looking forward to his sequel.” —Brian Yaeger, author of Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey and founder of
“Erik Lars Myers offers not only an excellent primer on North Carolina brewers big and small but keen insight into a brewing community overflowing with personality. Profiles and interviews with dozens of brewers—every craft brewery in the state, in fact—make for an eminently readable and truly comprehensive guide. Round things out with a blitz through the Old North State’s three centuries of brewing history and an overview of brewing processes and beer styles, and you’ve got an indispensable regional beer hand¬book.” —Josh Christie, editor of and writer for