2015 Beer, Spirits & Drinks

Ever wonder what Jalapeño Rauchbier tastes like? Last year’s ‘Poblañero” soda from Crude Bitters & Soda was memorable, as was Steel String’s Tobago Pepper Cask Beer. See the many ways peppers inspire brewers and distillers as they compete for Best Pepper Beer at this year’s PepperFest!



Aviator Brewing Company opened the hangar doors in Nov 2008. We started brewing beer in an airplane hangar at Triple W airport in Fuquay Varina, NC. We moved the airplane to one side and put in the boil kettle and mash tun! We have since moved to a larger 23,000 sq. ft. building in Fuquay Varina. We have added a hangar to our new building and made it a bar! Come on out to the brewery for a tour.









Local NC Kombucha Producer






Brothers Vilgalys Spirits was started in 2012 to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of Spice Honey Liqueur, to  America. Our Krupnikas has a delicious and complex flavor unlike any other spirit or liqueur. It is smooth enough to sip on its own, starting out with sweet honey flavors that build to a warm spicy finish. Our recipe started on our stovetop at home as a special drink we made for friends and family. We still make it the same way, using only whole spices, North Carolina wildflower honey, and pure grain neutral alcohol.



2239656_origCarolina Brewery is a locally owned brewery and restaurant that has drawn international attention for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Director of Brewing Operations, Jon Connolly, and his team. Founded in Chapel Hill in 1995, Carolina Brewery is the fifth oldest brewery in North Carolina. A second brewpub, Carolina Brewery & Grill, opened in Pittsboro in 2007, greatly expanding the company’s brewing and wholesale sales capacity. The Carolina Brewery is committed to featuring North Carolina and local products whenever possible.



CrudeBittersLogoSmall_sodasCrude Bitters & Soda was started in 2012 with a DIY attitude and the thought that delicious cocktails and soft drinks could be improved upon. Each bitters and soda flavor is hand-made by human hands utilizing only the finest ingredients and careful attention.Crude Sodas are old-fashioned fountain sodas served via draft. The flavors are unique and crafted to be savored purely on their own, sweetened with a perfect balance of natural sugars. High fructose corn syrup is wrong and should not be in your soda pop. Crude Bitters are crafted from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no chemicals or dyes. Bitters are used to enhance a cocktail, give a slight edge to the nightcap, and bitters made with glycerin can leave your drink in ruin.

UnknownFair Game Beverage Company in Pittsboro, North Carolina produces craft wines and spirits from local farms. At the heart of our wines and spirits are the fruits, grains and juices and the people who grow them. We work hard to source high quality fruits, grains and juices directly from North Carolina and southeastern growers. In fact, nearly all of our Grape wines and Sweet Sorghum are grown and harvested by Andy and Chris, and our grains are grown and malted right here in the Piedmont. We study the old hand crafted methods of Portugal, Italy and Cognac, France to bring world class wine and spirits to Chatham County, North Carolina. Come visit us for a tour of the distillery and wine tasting.



4s-badge Four Saints Brewing of Asheboro, NC, pays homage to the patron saints of beer, Saint Wenceslaus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Luke and Saint Augustine of Hippo. They’ve become the most recognized patron saints for brewing and beer because of their contributions to and associations with the world’s favorite sudsy beverage. Four Saints Founders Joel McClosky and Andrew Deming are carrying on the brewing tradition in the hopes of future sainthood, or at least to make some really good beer.




Fullsteam is a Durham, NC production brewery and tavern inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. Our mission: to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer. We brew traditional and experimental beers with a Southern sensibility, often incorporating local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and seasonal botanicals to guide our beer and our quest. The more we buy local, the more we directly improve the quality of life of NC farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs. We seek no less than to build a Southern Beer Economy…one pint at a time.




home bucha


local. live. raw. hey durham! naturally aged. bottle conditioned with organic and local medicinal flavors. in most cases, flavors come from fresh, raw materials that are juiced and blended. this preserves all the natural oils and chemically active goodness. with the pH balancing properties of kombucha, home:bucha is a living medicine to be enjoyed daily! Mission: make the dankest kombucha. share it with others. create community and community spaces. thrive!




LARRYS COFFEELarry’s Coffee – 100% of our coffee is Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown. This means the people we source our coffee from nurture the environment for their kids’ futures. This approach to farming also yields superior coffee beans. Everyone wins! Our approach to roasting is a CRAFT. Our one-of-a-kind slow-roasting style is part science, part art. Developed to bring out every wonderful note of flavor in every coffee bean. It’s one of the reasons our coffee has an ardent following and tastes so good.





Mystic™ Bourbon Liqueur is a small-batch spirit made in North Carolina by Barrister & Brewer.




pebble brook


Pebble Brook Spirits believes crafting a quality spirit is an art. Since our founder began the distillery, we have believed in using the highest quality fruits and spices to develop our offerings. We are excited to be at the forefront of a new American craft distilling industry.






Top of the Hill Distillery crafts TOPO Organic Spirits at our facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.We are the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the South. Our vodka, gin, whiskey are world-class, award-winning selections that celebrate making great spirits from the finest ingredients available right here in our home state.





Yesteryears Brewery, next-door to Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro serving some of the best IPAs, Saisons, Stouts,lagers and many more around. Great Beers! Great Friends! Great Memories!




Since early 2012, Mystery Brewing Company’s mission has been committed to producing seasonally appropriate, hand-made, artisanal ales and lagers.  For Pepper Festival, we’ll have habanero beer…it’s one of our favorite events!