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Beer and babies – they may sound mutually exclusive at first but many breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol in and around Asheville are trying to cater to both.  Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Mackensy Lunsford took a look at how beer and babies have been mixing in the area - in particular, how br

Craft brewers lost an important political fight Tuesday. A committee in the North Carolina House voted to strip provisions from a bill which would allow local brewers to sell more of their own product without going through a middle man.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina's craft-beer brewers to ease state limits on distributing their own products appears to have gone flat.

A new version of a House measure debated Wednesday in committee and designed to benefit the craft industry left out a previous provision to raise the self-distribution limit from 25,000 barrels a year to 200,000 barrels.

Beer Makes News, Around the Globe and in NC

Sep 16, 2015

MillerCoors announced this week it will close its Eden, North Carolina brewery in September 2016.  The brewery has been part of the community for nearly 40 years.  More than five hundred workers will be laid off.  Also  this week, Budweiser, maker of Anheuser-Busch InBev announced it will buy Miller.  If the deal  goes through it would unite two of the world's largest beer makers.  David Hurand spoke with Sierra Nevada Mills River Beer Ambassador Bill Mandley.

WNC Beer Industry Being Watched by N.C.A.L.E

Jul 27, 2015
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The craft beer industry in Western North Carolina has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past twenty years.  And with growth has come greater scrutiny of the industry by law enforcement.  The founder of the blog ASHEVEGAS, Jason Sandford, spoke  with David Hurand about a recent meeting between state and local officials and representatives from regional breweries. 

Frank Stasio and the folks at The State of Things are taking July 3rd off in celebration of the July 4th holiday. So in keeping with our July 4th celebration WCQS will air an Independence Day celebratory special from America's Test Kitchen - July 4th Beer Special: The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink.

Brent Manning is a maltster on a mission. The co-founder of Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, N.C., wants people to be able to taste local grains in North Carolina's beers, just as vino aficionados can identify the provenance of fine wines.

"In the wine industry ... they will tell you that the No. 1 Syrah grape grows on this hillside over here because it's a bit rockier," Manning explains. "It's that very same connection to the soil and the underlying geology that creates these nuances in flavors."