The 12th state.
Motto: To be rather than to seem
Flower: Flowering dogwood
Better when you get it from the source
Our mission is to craft a Southern Beer Economy, supporting local farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs through the act of commerce.
We buy local to brew local. Southern ingredients give our beer distinct character and the act of local commerce creates jobs and wealth for North Carolina farmers and food producers.
Heist opened its doors in 2012, as Charlotte’s only Craft Brewpub. Originally brewing on a 10HL German brewhouse,
we have opened a 30 barrel production facility. Heist focuses on small batch beer ranging from traditional Belgian Table Beers, Saisons, to IPA's and Double IPA’s, to Porters and Imperial Stouts.
For those of you who prefer the art of mixology, we also have an extensiveCraft Cocktail program, as well as over 100 whiskeys.
Our shared plate menu is served tapas style, showcasing wood-fired specialties, and is composed with an effort to raise the bar of pub fare to the next level. Our Chefs seek out produce and meats from local farms and purveyors, and utilize ingredients from the brewing process.
Asheville & Raleigh
Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life in summer 2013 as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel in just over a year. It is now fed from our production facility, barrelhouse and taproom brewery.
Burial’s taproom also houses a full-service kitchen focusing on Asheville terroir in comfortable American dishes. Our menu is designed by Brian Canipelli, owner of Cucina 24 and James Beard Nominee. The Kitchen is open at all hours that the taproom is open and Sundays often being Brunch with a jazz band, when the weather permits. The offerings revolve with seasonal availability of produce, though staples like our grain-fed double cheeseburger and house fermented hot wings always remain.
Fonta Flora Brewery integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a menagerie of rustic and savory libations. With an emphasis on seasonal flora, Fonta Flora brings English tradition and Belgian inspiration to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.
Fonta Flora utilizes local artists to help conceptualize the notion that fermentation is yet another medium for creating art. This uniquely artisan approach to beer yields a sustainable product filled with culture from our very own community.
Our tap room is where our friends and neighbors can meet in a unique environment to enjoy the same quality brews in pints or flights as they do in local restaurants or bars. You can also take home crowlers, cans, and the occasional special release bomber. We look forward to having you stop by!
Foothills began brewing beer at our West 4th Street location in March 2005, with three 15-barrel fermenters. Jamie and his brewers managed to crank out 800 barrels of beer that year, and doubled that output the following year.
As demand and production continued to increase, the need became obvious for more space. The solution came in the form of a 48,000 square foot warehouse a few miles away, an old manila envelope factory that was retro-fitted with brewing equipment and became Foothills’ main production facility, located at 3800 Kimwell Drive.
Today both brewery locations continue to produce our top-quality beers. We offer weekend tours from our tasting room at our main brewing facility. Conversely, if you ask nicely at the downtown brewpub, you can probably get a peek at the operation.
Great beer is the result of meticulous attention to detail throughout the brewing process. Our beers begin their life as fresh water that flows from the granite slopes of the Blue Ridge and culminate in small batches less than 800 gallons each.
Our beers are, and have always been, brewed using only select grains, robust hops and cultured yeast, with no additives or preservatives.
These basic ingredients are added with time, passion and the undying thirst for knowledge to produce our variety of quality brews that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!
Wicked Weed was imagined, created, and brought to life by the Dickinsons and the Guthys; two families that have been lifelong friends, each bringing a unique skill to the collective ownership team.
Upon opening their original brewpub location in 2012, Wicked Weed was known for pushing the envelope in craft by offering 25 unique draft beers including West Coast style IPAs, barrel-aged sour ales, and more.
For the past 10 years, Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern has happily made its home in Northwest Raleigh. Conveniently located near the intersection of Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue, we like to think of ourselves as a neighborhood bar and grill for the residents of Lake Lynn & Lynn Road and Grove Barton neighborhoods, and surrounding areas. We love getting to know our customers and are committed to providing exceptional service, whether you’re spending the afternoon at our rooftop bar or simply picking up take-out.
The legendary Green Man has existed for centuries but it’s no myth that he’s been brewing great beer in Asheville since 1997. As one of North Carolina’s original breweries, Green Man has been producing some of the beer scene’s most iconic ales. Our offerings are consistently recognized for quality and loyalty to traditional English styles. Additionally, our brewers strive to bring innovative and exciting new flavors to beer-loving folks.
Continuing our evolution we have constructed a 3 story, 20,000 square ft., packaging hall, a “brewtique”, and an indoor/outdoor top floor taproom that overlooks production and the Blue Ridge Mountains! It is right here on the South Slope, next to “Dirty Jack’s” (which is still open) and our production brewery.
The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Hang gliding lessons are available through a vendor in the park. Experienced hang gliders must have a current USHPA membership and get a flying permit at the visitor center. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead 24-hours in advance, it’s possible for mobility-impaired visitors to schedule a ride in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.
When we refer to The Rock, we’re talking about the entirety of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park in beautiful Western North Carolina, and sometimes, the signature granite outcropping that most tourists identify as “The Rock.”
The Park has been part of NC State Parks since 2007, and you can learn more about that here. Of course, we’ve been around much longer than that, and our history is worth a read. Not surprisingly, we push and promote sustainability wherever we can as an NC State Park, so that our beauty can be enjoyed for generations to come. And part of that effort is protection for our flora, fauna + features which takes the work of not just us, but important conservation partners and various partner connections.
From the unmatched, far-reaching views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the quaint storybook mountain village, Blowing Rock, North Carolina is truly deserving of the title: "Crown of the Blue Ridge." Here you'll find popular family attractions including Tweetsie Railroad and The Blowing Rock, a plethora of unique downtown shops and outlets, and outdoor adventure ranging from hiking and biking to spelunking and bouldering. It's a venue for adventure, but also a place for ultimate relaxation. Indulge in a spa treatment, sample scrumptious vittles at our award-winning restaurants, or enjoy the hospitality at our local inns, bed and breakfasts, resorts, cabins or hotels.
Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park has offered the best of a traditional outdoor experience with 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals and more than 20 miles of hiking trails that climb onto spectacular views and weave alongside clear streams and waterfalls. There is also access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock climbing opportunities with permit. A complex of vacation cabins is available for longer visits. Free interpretive programs complement the education offerings of a park museum that explores the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains
Looking Glass Rock is a white-granite “pluton” (igneous rock), rising to nearly 4,000 feet from the floor of Pisgah National Forest. Visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Pisgah and even the Black Balsam, it’s hugely popular with both hikers and rock climbers, especially during winter when there’s less concern about the heat radiating off the rock. Challenge yourself to a partially steep hike and you’ll be rewarded with amazing 360˚-views in every season. Just think of the pictures you’ll get from the top.
One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.
Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. The falls plunge an amazing 411 feet! South Carolina's Lower Whitewater Falls drops another 400 feet. Because of the escarpment's difficult access and rugged terrain, much of the area receives few visitors and has remained wild and undeveloped over the years. In the cool, moist shade of steep slopes and rock cliffs, wildflowers and salamanders abound. This wild land is also a perfect haven for a rich array of ferns, mosses, and fungi. Enjoy the beauty of berries and blooms throughout the seasons.
Duck to Frisco
The Outer Banks has a way of connecting with people, staying with them long after the vacation is over. Uncrowded beaches that stretch for miles and the endless possibilities that come with them. This is America’s First Beach. The site of our country’s first National Seashore and the place where the English first tried to settle in the New World. National and state parks share those stories and more. You’ll find hospitable people in the towns and villages of the Outer Banks, and plenty of vacation rentals, hotels, and other comfortable lodging options to call “home” for a few days, or a week or two. The restaurant and shopping choices are every bit as diverse. Not many big box stores or chain restaurants out here. Chances are, you’ll have to try something new. But hey, this is the land of firsts. You’ll be rewarded for stepping outside of the ordinary.
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.
The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes, you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms these islands are ever changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are enjoying the beach, kayaking the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there is something for everyone to explore!
Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.
Located on nearly thirty acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — deep in the heart of the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina — lies McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks.
We are a family owned and operated winery and vineyard specializing in small lots of award-winning artisan wines and hard ciders.
Our dedication to sustainable growing and low intervention winemaking has resulted in wines and hard ciders as expressive and distinct as the land whereupon the fruit grows.
Biltmore has grown and tested numerous varietals. Six of them – Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot – have proven to be particularly well-suited for our western North Carolina terroir and the microclimate of the estate. We continue to evaluate other varietals in a special test vineyard behind the winery. In an effort to expand our portfolio and consistently craft the highest quality wine possible, we also partner with select growers in North Carolina, Washington State, and throughout California, including Sonoma and Napa.
Today, we continue to honor the Vanderbilt heritage of agriculturally based sustainability as well as Mr. Cecil’s legacy. We are proud of his vision and hard work that have created diversification opportunities in harmony with Biltmore’s mission.
Treehouse Vineyards is a North Carolina family owned Vineyard and Winery, which was established in 2005 on the 200 year old family farm and opened to the public in 2010.
We produce hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Dry White Blend, and several award winning Native Muscadine Wines. Treehouse Vineyards is named for our Treehouses charmingly placed around the Vineyards. Our original Treehouse is 30 feet off the ground and features a deck overlooking the vineyard. It is rented in hourly time slots. The Papa’s Dream Treehouse, overlooking the Historic Rock Quarry (now our pond) and vineyards, is available for overnight rentals and has a kitchenette, full bath, upstairs bedroom with a queen sized bed, and a gas grill on the private deck.
We offer non-alcoholic juices, ciders, slushies, gifts, gourmet treats and fabulous gift baskets. We invite you to come taste the fruits of our labor. We know you will be pleasantly surprised! Cheers!
Founded in 1999 by brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton, Shelton Vineyards was envisioned as a new agricultural resource for an area once dependent on tobacco farming. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, Shelton Vineyards is 180 degrees from any winery you will find on the West Coast.
On the estate, several varieties of vitis vinifera grapes are grown: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Interestingly, all varieties of vitis vinifera grown at Shelton Vineyards–and throughout the world for that matter–utilize bud wood of European origin grafted onto Native American rootstocks to create a more disease resistant vine.
Shelton Vineyards' belief is that fine wine begins in the vineyard. The location, in the heart of North Carolina's Yadkin Valley, provides the ideal climate and soil conditions. Shelton Vineyards' commitment to sustainable farming practices and hands-on attention enables the vineyard to produce the highest possible quality of grapes. The Shelton Vineyards' wines are reflective of the terroir of the Yadkin Valley. Along with expert winemaking techniques, enhancing what our land has given us, Shelton Vineyards has produced many award-winning wines.
Cypress Bend Vineyards officially opened its doors in late June of 2005. After four years of cultivating thirty acres of muscadine variety grapes (better known as Scuppernong), Dan and Tina Smith have decided to share their passion for these grapes with the public.
Growing the muscadine cultivars -- Carlos, Noble and Magnolia -- Cypress Bend Vineyards is taking the muscadine grape to new levels in their sixteen muscadine table wines. Cypress Bend's wide variety of wine includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
The land which Cypress Bend Vineyards calls home, is steeped in rich history, passed down through the generations since 1807. The beautiful farm land, known as “Riverton,” was discovered by a Scottish couple, Reverend Daniel White and his wife Catherine Campbell White. The Whites raised five children in Riverton, and to this day their descendents, including the Smith Family, continue to enjoy the farm and its native surroundings. Running along the farm, you will find the Lumber River, trimming the borders with cypress trees and sweet aromas. The Lumber River, situated in the coastal plain of North Carolina, helps nurture the land, making it the perfect grape growing soil.
Nestled in the beautiful, rolling countryside of Rockingham County, Autumn Creek Vineyards will provide an elegant, picturesque setting for your special day. We have 100 acres of farmland, including 17 acres of grape vines. Come relax and taste one of our 12 award winning wines in our 2,000 sq. ft. Tasting Room. We have the perfect setting for your pre wedding festivities.
In our rustic and elegant Pavilion, we can accommodate up to 300 guests, with additional seating on the surrounding patio. The Pavilion features a massive stone fireplace, an open ceiling with exposed wooden beams, and a large prep kitchen for your caterers. A spacious gazebo ideally placed in front of the pond with an inviting fountain will create a spectacular backdrop for pictures
Nestled near the Yadkin River and Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling hills and gentle slopes of the vineyard are blessed with mild breezes that constantly freshen and circulate air. Unique to the vineyard is an abundance of broken granite and schist which provide for excellent soil drainage and trace mineral extraction. This gives the grape a certain terroir, or sense of place.
Moderate elevation levels of 1200 feet and colder facing aspects allow for temperature variation during the growing season which slowly builds acidity and complexity. Most importantly, the vineyard possesses an indescribable sense of totality and energy that only comes from a complete union of spirituality, energy, and historic legacy.
With this understanding and deep respect for the land, we began to carefully sculpt and shape the property according to its natural contours and aspects. Three years later, twenty-seven acres of classic Italian and some French varietals were planted. In 2004, an additional ten acres of central and southern Italian grapes were planted, and three more acres in 2005
Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the jewel of the High Country, in an idyllic setting with luxurious accommodations for discerning travelers.
Nestled in the awe inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands North Carolina High Country’s original winery. Come for a tasting or tour, or stay for a week at The Villa. The Villa is a private retreat, with luxury accommodations, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality in an idyllic setting.
In 2005, the age-old tradition of winemaking made its debut in the region with the establishment of Banner Elk Winery. The first commercial winery built in Avery and Watauga counties. Banner Elk wines pay tribute to the rugged mountain landscape and capture the delicate nuance and subtle flavors of the fruit. Our vintners produce excellent wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We are the first commercial vineyard in Henderson County. We are a family owned winery, located on acreage that has been in the family and farmed for more than nine generations. Our tasting room includes both indoor and outdoor seating with spectacular views of our vineyards. Saint Paul wines are made from 14 varieties of grapes grown in two locations at elevations of 2,300 and 3,000 feet, the highest in Henderson County and some of the highest in the state. Saint Paul wines are produced and crafted by our full-time winemaker, a graduate of California Polytechnic University with more than 14 years of experience in producing wine in Sonoma, California before joining us in North Carolina. We offer a wide variety of venues, indoor and outdoor, for your wedding or special event. Our tasting room is open year round. We look forward to you visiting us and allowing us to share our passion with you
We found the property had a proven track record and success in growing Vinifera vines for nearly 20 years – Old world European style grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot just to name a few. The temperate climate in WNC allows for optimal growing conditions with warm summer days and cool nights. The annual rainfall was well within range that allowed for dry farming, with no need for irrigation. Couple that with 1,200 feet elevation, southern facing slopes and great drainage; truly works in the vines favor.
Our deep desire for reinventing the life we imagined - whereby we could create something of our own and be closer to the land, has been fulfilled. We invite you to share in the experience of Silver Fork Winery - the wines, the majestic views and melt into soothing relaxation. We look forward to sharing our home and passion with you.