North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries Book Released

Winston-Salem, N.C. – The expanded and updated second edition of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries by Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke is the most complete guide to the North Carolina craft beer scene. At the heart of the book are short profiles of 136 North Carolina breweries stretching from the mountains to the coast. From small nanobreweries to regional players, quirky brewpubs to polished production facilities, these authors provide the most comprehensive picture to date of North Carolina’s quickly evolving craft beer scene. The book contains each brewery’s story, told by the brewers themselves, as well as its history and the vision of its founders. A short historical overview of brewing in the state from the colonial period through Prohibition and to the present day, introductions to the brewing process and beer styles, and sidebars about hop farming, expansion breweries, and brewing in higher education combine to make this a reference for anyone interested in beer or beer tourism.

Going beyond the usual regional guidebook, the second edition also serves as an introduction for newcomers to the craft beer movement with a glossary of beer-related terms, a beer-styles reference section, and an introduction to craft beer and how it is made. Locals and tourists alike can use the brewery profiles to find locations, contact information, hours of operation, and tour times.

When Erik Lars Myers, president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, wrote the first edition in 2012, profiling 45 breweries, his goal was to use the book to help North Carolina become an East Coast destination for beer. Four years later, North Carolina has exceeded expectations with its growing and thriving craft beer industry. North Carolina breweries have won more medals from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival than any other southern state. These breweries are leading the craft beer movement in the South and distributing their popular brews to other states. North Carolina now has roughly 10,000 jobs related to craft beer and the industry brings in an estimated $1.2 billion a year.

Now joined by his wife and fellow beer enthusiast, Sarah H. Ficke, Erik has taken on the challenge to expand North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries to cover the current market and legacy that North Carolina is creating. With more than triple the brewery profiles, the second edition seeks to encourage beer tourism throughout North Carolina.

ERIK LARS MYERS is the president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild and the founder, CEO, and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, NC.

SARAH H. FICKE received her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. In 2011, she put her academic research skills to work uncovering the history of brewing in the Tar Heel State for the first edition of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries. They live in Durham, NC.

JOHN F. BLAIR, PUBLISHER has been publishing books on the southeastern United States since 1954 and distributes books for nearly 35 independent presses, including Lookout Books, Hub City Press, and NewSouth Books. Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this independent, family-owned company specializes in history, travel, folklore, biography, and fiction. Learn more at