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5 great breweries in the N.C. Piedmont

Erik Lars Myers, owner of Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, is author of “North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries” ($16.95, John F. Blair), a guide to 45 microbreweries from Kill Devil Hills to Bryson City. We asked him to name the most noteworthy micros in North Carolina.

Asheville. “Wedge Brewing Company’s Iron Rail IPA is unbelievable, with a really good malt body – the hallmark of a good India pale ale. It’s good, bitter and hoppy, with sweet elements. It’s well put-together, one of the best IPAs in the state.” ( www.wedgebrewing.com)

Durham. “I like a lot of the innovation Fullsteam ( www.fullsteam.ag/beer) is bringing there. They’re working with a fair amount of Southern ingredients – like local corn grits – or their sweet potato lager.”

High Point. “Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery ( www.libertysteakhouseandbrewery.com) has some of the most well-made beers around. You can’t get it in bottles and they don’t distribute – you can only get it there (or their Myrtle Beach location) – but they have, beer for beer, across the menu, some of the best. All are well-balanced and clean. Their brew master is wonderful.”

Greensboro/Raleigh. “Natty Greene’s ( www.nattygreenes.com), with three locations in Greensboro and Raleigh, has a lot of very classic styles on tap. You can get a golden, an IPA, a porter. ... They hit all the types and provide classic representations of beer styles.

Winston-Salem. “If you like hoppy beers, you can’t go wrong at Foothills ( www.foothillsbrewing.com). The many different IPAs on tap are all wonderful.”

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