Foothills Sexual Chocolate

Thing to Do #35 (40/40): Visit All NC Breweries Update!

(The photo to the right is Foothills Sexual Chocolate. It’s a seasonal beer that is IMPOSSIBLE to get and I’ve tried 3 years to grab a taste. I managed to accidentally stumble upon some this year when I wasn’t even trying.)

When I added this goal to my 40 things to do before you’re 40 back in the Fall of 2011, I did say I would only hold myself to the breweries that were currently listed. At that time, there were 49 brewpubs and production breweries. I’m glad I made that rule because as of November 2013 there were 84. 

Here’s an update to which breweries I’ve visited. The original list is first and then the additional ones I’ve been to are at the bottom. As of February 2014, I have been to 20 on the original list (33 total):

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

Craggie Brewing Company

French Broad Brewing Co.

Green Man Brewery

Highland Brewing Co.

Lexington Avenue Brewery

Oyster House Brewing Co.

Wedge Brewing Company (DONE: Witbier)

Pisgah Brewing Co.

Nantahala Brewing Company

Carolina Brewery – Chapel Hill (DONE: Oatmeal Porter)

Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery (DONE: Old Well White)

Four Friends Brewing

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Ass Clown Brewing Company

Bull City Burger and Brewery (DONE: Bryant Bridge Gateway Golden Ale)

Fullsteam (DONE: El Toro/Working Man’s Lunch)

Triangle Brewing Company (DONE: Golden Ale)

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery

Mash House Brewery & Chophouse (DONE: Raspberry Porter)

Aviator Brewing Company (DONE: Black Mamba Stout)

Southern Appalachian Brewery

Loe’s Brewing Company

Olde Hickory Brewery

Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery

Mystery Brewing Company (DONE: Gentlemen’s Preference)

Carolina Brewing Company (DONE: Carolina Winter Porter)

Weeping Radish Farm Brewery

Outer Banks Brewing Station (DONE: Hugh Hefeweizen)

Mother Earth Brewing Co. (DONE: Window Pane Raspberry)

Hops Grill Brewery

Carolina Beer Company (DONE: Carolina Winter Porter)

Catawba Valley Brewing Company

Old North State Winery and Brewery

Big Boss Brewing Co.(DONE: Bad Penny)

Boylan Bridge Brewpub (DONE: Pullman Porter)

LoneRider Brewing Co. (DONE: Shotgun Betty)

Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co. – Raleigh (DONE: Wildflower)

Roth Brewing Company Now Gizmo (DONE: Raleigh Red)

Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company

Dry County Brewing Company

Heinzelmannchen Brewery

Frog Level Brewing Company

Red Oak Brewery (DONE: Hummin’ Bird)

Front Street Brewery

Foothills Brewing (DONE: People’s Porter)


Most of the ones I haven’t visited yet are in the Mountains (mostly Asheville) or in Charlotte. I think a big brewery tour of Asheville is definitely on my list this year. 

About Jessica

Mild mannered marketing drone by day. Bucket list adventurer by late afternoon. Having first drafted a list in high school, Jessica's list of things to do before she dies has slowly taken over her life and consumes her thoughts. Because of the list, she has traveled to Mordor, plummeted towards the Earth's surface from 13,000 feet up, cavorted with whale sharks in open water, skinny dipped herself into the Guinness World Book, and cursed the day she was born during the last miles of a Marathon. It's safe to say that if Jessica is doing it, it's on the list.


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