Ever wonder what Jalapeño Rauchbier tastes like? The ‘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!
BORO BEVERAGE COMPANY
It all started with a little experiment in fermentation. Boro Beverage Company, as the name implies, strives to be your neighborhood drink choice. We are a wholesale, draft business available at a variety of local breweries, co-ops, and restuaurants around various (Boro’s, Bouroughs, Hoods). We are influenced by health, driven by sustainability and motivated by our community. Our ingredients are locally sourced when possible, made in small batches and sold in the most economical way.
We are a diverse beverage company looking to continously tap into the trends and provide local, healthy options of your favorite beverage. Whether it be kombucha, sodee-pops, tea’s, juices, ciders, or ades we are striving to concoc a local twist on a old time favorite without compromising health.
BROTHERS VILGALYS SPIRITS
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.
BULL CITY CIDERWORKS
The BULL doesn’t play by the rules. Hard cider doesn’t have to be sickeningly sweet and taste artificial. Our ciders are made with 100% apple juice and never back-sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, so you taste the apple in all its glory! Gluten-free yeast and ingredients ensure a naturally gluten-free cider. We’re crafting unique ciders that bridge the gap between wine and beer. Honey, black tea, hops, ginger, tart cherries, bacon, candy corn and hibiscus allow us to redefine cider. The BULL is bucking the trend of mainstream ciders. Taste the revolution!
Carolina 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.
CRUDE BITTERS & SODA
Crude 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.
FAIR GAME BEVERAGE CO.
Fair 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.
FORTNIGHT BREWING COMPANY
Fortnight Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Cary, NC. Our mission is to produce high-quality beer that is approachable and easy to drink. Our offerings are based on traditional English style beers that incorporate both premium UK and American ingredients, producing a beverage unlike any other.
FOUR SAINTS BREWING
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.
MOTHER EARTH SPIRITS
Mother Earth Spirits is distilling some of the best Gin, Whiskey and Rum around. Each batch is kissed by the sun and lovingly constructed for a one of a kind taste. An idea born by Mother Earth Brewing in the small town of Kinston, NC, where our beer reigns and where we believe, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” Mother Earth Brewing, known for its amazing brews, is shaking up the Distillery world by issuing great spirits from a facility with LEED® certification. Mother Earth approves of our work!
Mystic™ Bourbon Liqueur is a small-batch spirit made in North Carolina by Barrister & Brewer.
Starlight Mead offers a wide selection of meads with different sweetness levels from Off-dry, lightly sweet, to Semi-sweet. All of our meads are made with wildflower honey from local North Carolina beekeepers. We hope you enjoy!
STEEL STRING BREWERY
Inspired by the agricultural bounty of the North Carolina Piedmont and the funky, free-spirited vibes of Carrboro, Steel String adapts modern American brewing styles and techniques into a unique North Carolina vernacular. We aim to brew beers that represent the culture and character of our community.
TOPO ORGANIC SPIRITS
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.
WHITE RABBIT BREWING COMPANY
At White Rabbit, we brew beer for people who appreciate the fact that craft-made beer just tastes better. Our beers are labeled after Tenniel’s illustrations from the original Alice in Wonderland. Please enjoy a pint when you’re here and take home a growler for the fridge.