Brewing in North Carolina
The first documented commercial brewery operating in North Carolina was started in Salem, NC in 1774. Single Brother's Brewery and Distillery was located on Old Shallowford Road in Salem (Salem is now incorporated as a part of Winston-Salem).
In 1985 Uli Bennewitz pushed a change in the North Carolina law books. This change made it legal for a brewpub to exist under state laws. The next year (1986) Bennewitz goes on to start NC's first brewpub, Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant.
On August 13, 2005, House Bill 392 from the NC General Assembly was signed by then-Governor Michael F. Easley. HB 392 (commonly known as the "Pop The Cap" Bill ) defined a "malt beverage" as any "beer, lager, malt liquor, ale, porter, and any other brewed or fermented beverage" that contained between .5% and 16% alcohol by volume. This represented an increase from the previous limit of 6%.
- "Pop The Cap North Carolina". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- North Carolina General Assembly - House Bill 392 Information/History (2005-2006 Session)