April is a great time for beer lovers to be in North Carolina in general and Greensboro in particular. That’s because all month long the whole state is celebrating North Carolina Beer Month. Craft breweries are flourishing in North Carolina, which is among the top ten states with the most breweries and has more breweries than any other state in the South. That translates to more than 100 breweries and brewpubs from the mountains to coast. Many of the beers produced use locally ingredients grown in North Carolina such as sweet potatoes, kumquats, sorghum, blueberries, blackberries, persimmons, barley, wheat, rye, and hops.
Greensboro is celebrating with a “Hops Around Greensboro” celebration when many local restaurants will be serving a wide variety of locally produced craft beers. There’s even a race called Tap N’ Run where participants get a beer at different points during the race. Fortunately, at only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles), it’s a short race that most of the competitors complete within an hour.
One of the things I love about craft beers are the creative names these brews are given. Take, for example, Black Mamba Oatmeal Stout, Skipping Stone Stout, Moe-Beer American Ale, Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale, White Zombie Ale, HellYesMa’am Belgian Golden, Sparkky’s Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Wilma’s Wandering Eye PA, Hoppy Gnome, and Death by Hopps. They’re all from North Carolina.
I would be remiss to talk about beer without mentioning a fantastic local store that is famous for its “wall of beer.” Bestway Grocery, at 2113 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, (just 2 miles from the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B) has an impressive assortment of beer for sale. Their beer menu is available on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BestwayGrocery. This independent, neighborhood grocery store is the place to go whether you want an expensive domestic to a framboise, saisson, Belgian, stout, porter, IPA, bock, brown ale, or witbier. And, the store has a good selection of most commonly shopped for groceries and household items, too!
What to learn more about North Carolina Beer Month? Visit the official NC Beer Month website.