Answer: It’s pretty great.
I thought I’d start this series with a brief post on what an amazing place North Carolina is for craft beer right now. I’ve already talked about some recent announcements about new (larger) breweries being built in NC (see post: a little diversion). But wait! There’s more: Oskar Blues has just announced they’ll also be building a brewery in North Carolina.r
Quick aside: Oskar Blues is one of my favorite canning breweries. Absolutely some of the best beer out there. Mama’s Little Yella Pills, Old Chub, Ten Fidy – all classics! My other favorite canning brewery is 21st Amendment (563 2nd Street…) headed by the esteemed Shaun O’Sullivan (“That’s right, cans.”). Awesome beer and just started distributing in NC.
Actually, that’s a pretty good segue. Distribution of beer in NC has gone off the charts in the last few years. 21A is now distributing here, Gordon Biersch, and a ton of others. New announcements come out every few days, or so it seems. While breweries are pulling out of some areas due to production or distribution issues, we’re seeing very little of the market consolidation movement. Whether through distribution, new breweries, or just the culture, indications are that NC is one of (if not the) fastest growing beer markets in the US. Check out the North Carolina Brewers Guild for more information.
A great example is an event I’m headed to this weekend. Rockfish Grill in Durham NC is hosting Casks for a Cure. Casks for a Cure proceeds go to benefit Pints for Prostates (a great cause, check it out – bu that’s not the point). The point here is that the entire event is casks (of Real Ale) all from breweries that *have not opened yet*. These are all breweries IN PLANNING IN NORTH CAROLINA. How cool is that? It gets better… they all donated the beer and developed a collaboration beer that will also be served. This is just good stuff.
I’ve talked about breweries expanding. I’ve talked about new breweries. I’ve talked about distribution. One last piece, and the last paragraph is a hint. The beer culture scene is absolutely phenomenal. I live in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area (i.e. Research Triangle or “the Triangle” around here). There are multiple Meetup groups focusing on beer and the biggest/best (Tri-beer) has events nearly everyday – just within a 20 mile radius! When the group got started I thought I’d commit to it, but I quickly discovered my liver couldn’t hang with the young whipper-snappers and I had to back down to only an event or two a week. And that’s only the Meetup side. There’s also facebook events, tweet-ups, other event calendars, etc. Even the local lawyer association has gotten into it, holding socials at local brewpubs (like Natty Greene’s). Of course, it’s a little more than ironic that the lawyers’ group is the Bar Association, but – hey – we’ll take the marketing where we can get it, right?
Anyway, I wanted to start my series of All Things Beer-y with something simple and something I’m passionate about. If you’re with me on touting NC Beer, let me here about it. Comment below.
I have been writing about whatever strikes my fancy recently, but mostly of a legal sort. It occurs to me that doing so does drive home the passion, insight, (or discipline – quite frankly) of the writing and the topics.
A good friend suggested a simple way to address that particular problem is to put together an editorial calendar: what I’ll talk about and when. What a novel idea! It’ll seem like it was planned and everything!
So here is my shot at the editorial calendar moving forward (at least for a little while):
|April 30||All Things Beer-y|
|May 7||Business Law|
|May 14||Debtor/Creditor Law|
|May 21||Legal Basics (i.e. how the system works)|
|Jun 4||All Things Beer-y|
|Jun 11||Business Law|
|Jun 18||Debtor/Creditor Law|
|Jun 25||Legal Basics (i.e. how the system works)|
I’ll try to use this as a basic outline over the next several weeks. Let’s see if we can get into a rhythm of covering information that’s useful, somewhat detailed, and – at times, at least – fun.
Let me know what you think? Is this the right schedule? Sound interesting?
- 5 Keys to an Editorial Calendar that Keeps Your Content on Track (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
Ok. So I said I’d talk about starting a business in NC, but I’m going to insert this brief post in between. In short, I’m excited because of the recent announcements involving one of my favorite subjects: North Carolina Beer!
You may have seen the recent story in the News & Observer talking about the announcement by New Belgium Brewing Company that they’ll be building a new East Coast brewery in Asheville, NC. This follows on the heels of a similar announcement from Sierra Nevada. Asheville, already a great beer town, is quickly becoming a beer destination!
The North Carolina beer industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Last I heard, there were AT LEAST 10 new breweries “in the works” in NC (but don’t quote me on that statistic as I really can’t verify it at this time). But, thanks to our friends over at Real Beer, we’ve got a some really neat statistics about the beer industry in general. For example, this post,
highlighting data published by the Brewers Association, indicates that – even in this time of recession – the craft beer industry experienced an overall increase in sales by 13%. That’s respectable growth in the best of times!
Side note: I also stumbled across this post looking at the number of dry counties in the US. Interesting! Looks like some states still have some progress to make. But, I digress…
Another great resource for information about NC beer is the North Carolina Brewers Guild. The North Carolina Brewers Guild does a great job of advocating for brewers and breweries.
I’m continuing to try and increase my practice focus on the brewing and distilling industries and I’m just very proud to be involved in the beer industry in NC, even if it is tangentially. Thanks for dealing with my little diversion here.s in the state and is a great place to look for the latest news in NC beer.
Support your local brewery and tune in next time for more actual, legal… stuff. In the meantime, have a great weekend and Happy Easter!
- Local breweries opening in Charlotte (charlotte.news14.com)
- Maybe Asheville IS Beer City USA — S/N to open brewery there (oregonlive.com)
- Sierra Nevada Decides on East Coast Brewery Location (sprbrewcrew.wordpress.com)