Planning on a beer run? The Great NC Beer Map, the second project from the people who brought you the Great NC BBQ Map, hit stores Tuesday.
Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright of Charlotte have formed EDIA Maps to focus on creating maps that help food lovers find their way to food-travel experiences in the state. Their beer map includes 181 breweries and 43 beer festivals, and divides the state into major brewing areas: Downtown Asheville, Charlotte, and downtown Raleigh. In areas with high concentrations of breweries, they included walking time between breweries for planning beer crawls. Each brewery includes basic information (addresses, hours, phone numbers), as well as details like food availability, tours and pet-friendliness.
Once you get to the breweries, you can take the map inside with you. It includes Choose a Brew, a chart for decoding styles; Take Note, a chart of attributes associated with beer; a beer history; and a history of brewery games.
“There are a lot of specific questions we had when traveling to breweries that we answered with this map,” says Fisher. “We wanted to give people an idea of what the brewery experience would be like and what to plan for, while still leaving a few surprises to be discovered.”
The maps are $9.99 for a folded road map version and $29.99 for an unfolded poster version, ready for framing in dorm rooms everywhere. You can get copies at www.ediamaps.com, at breweries and retail locations. (The website has a list of places where it’s stocked.)