North Carolina Beer

Today in 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state.

North Carolina

North Carolina Breweries

North Carolina Brewery Guides

Guild: North Carolina Brewers Guild

State Agency: North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission


  • Capital: Raleigh
  • Largest Cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem
  • Population: 8,049,313; 11th
  • Area: 53821 sq.mi., 28th
  • Nickname: Tar Heel State
  • Statehood: 12th, November 21, 1789


  • Alcohol Legalized: April 28, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 46
  • Rank: 12th
  • Beer Production: 6,183,748
  • Production Rank: 9th
  • Beer Per Capita: 20.8 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 38.9%
  • Cans: 55.2%
  • Kegs: 5.8%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.62
  • Per Case: $1.39
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $19.13
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $19.13

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $3,809,238,894
  • Direct Impact: $9,224,009,106
  • Supplier Impact: $10,726,058,038
  • Induced Economic Impact: $13,291,784,223
  • Total Impact: $33,241,851,367

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: No sales between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday or between 2 a.m. and noon on Sunday
    Off Premises:
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: 15% ABV cap on beer, No sale of alcoholic beverages between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 2 a.m. until noon on Sundays, State stores closed on Sundays. Bottled liquor must be sold in ABC Packages stores, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Effective December 1, 2010, the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Commission, no longer carries any product stronger than 151 proof, citing concerns from a single county that the majority of the 190 proof grain alcohol product was being purchased in package stores near college campuses.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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