Not even a torrential downpour could stop me from attending the North Carolina Wine & Beer Festival on National Beer Day. It was held on a beautiful farm in Selma, North Carolina, so the ground was a muddy mess but the beer and wine was flowing so no one seemed to mind. Here’s some of the beers, wines, and liquors I tried, most of these can be bought in stores nationwide so check them out!
*Edit: We’ve added a few more breweries and beers to try after attending Brewgaloo.
Sparkky’s Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout by Double Barley Brewing
Location: Smithfield, North Carolina
Description: This beer is insanely smooth and creamy and is made with dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee from Full Bloom Coffee Roasters.
Wiggo! IPA by Carolina Brewing Company
Location: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Description: This IPA is a flavor explosion of dark caramel, tropical fruit, citrus, berries, and earthy herbs. Perfect amount of hops.
Snout Stout by Pig Pounder Brewery
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Description: This milk stout tastes just like a mocha. No joke. Give it a try.
Soul Red Wine by Fish Hippie
Description: This red blend California wine has flavors of plum and blackberry with light spice. It’s rich and would be perfect for a night on the patio.
Jabberwock by The Brothers Vilgalys Baltic-Style Spirits
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Description: Described as a “shooter for masochists,” this liqueur is extremely spicy. It’s flavored with chipotle peppers, manzano peppers, coffee beans, chicory, eucalyptus, and lemongrass for a truly unique addition to any cocktail. Did I mention it’s hot? Sidenote: their Krupnikas, a traditional Lituanian style of spiced honey liqueur, is also amazing and decidedly less spicy.
Tattoo on the Beach (Banana Pineapple Viognier) by Slightly Askew Winery
Location: Elkin, North Carolina
Description: This sweet wine tasted exactly like a pina colada, so it’s bound to sneak up on you. Other fruit wines they feature have such names as Numb Knutz, Slut Dog Sin, Nasty Bastard, and Blackjack “BJ”.
Bedlam Vodka from Graybeard Distillery
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Description: This vodka describes itself as smooth and drinkable and that is entirely true. I usually hate drinking vodka straight but this had a very unique and smooth quality to it.
Check out our full review here.
Tanker Coffee Porter by Check Six Brewery
Location: Southport, North Carolina
Description: Always a fan of Imperial Porters, this one is a particular treat with its strong coffee taste. And one of the cool things is that the coffee beans are specially made for this brewery by Jumping Java. The brewery describes it as “espresso in a pint glass.”
Oatmeal IPA by Mother Earth Brewing
Location: Kinston, North Carolina
Description: We’ve tried quite a few brews from Mother Earth Brewing and have enjoyed every one so far, but this Oatmeal IPA was particularly delicious. Here is how their website describes this unique IPA: “Intentionally low in bitterness, high in residual sweetness and packed with late addition Citrus and Mosaic hops. The central aim was to create an accessible IPA for traditionally non-IPA drinkers. Expect a melon/citrus fruit bomb.”
Hillbilly Prophet by New Anthem Beer Project
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Description: It was the name that drew me to this one, but it’s the spicy, complex, rich bourbon tastes that made me stay.
Here’s some more we sampled and highly recommend checking out:
D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius, North Carolina
Oak & Dagger Public House in Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh Brewing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina
Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, North Carolina
Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina
RagApple Lassie Vineyards in Boonville, North Carolina
The Country Squire Winery in Warsaw, North Carolina