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Oregon craft beer favorite moves into North Carolina

Deschutes, a craft beer favorite from Oregon, will begin distribution in North Carolina this summer.
Deschutes, a craft beer favorite from Oregon, will begin distribution in North Carolina this summer. Courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

If you’re a fan of whole-hops, Oregon beers, get ready for Deschutes Brewery. One of the major players in the state’s craft beer arena, Deschutes announced Monday that it will aim at statewide distribution in North Carolina, joining 29 states and Washington, D.C.

The brewery will use a network of seven distributors to bring Deschutes all over the state. Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, Pacific Wonderland Lager and Hop Slice Summer Ale will be available on draft in June, with six- and 12-packs on store shelves in August.

Deschutes already has bigger plans for the East Coast, with a new brewing facility in Roanoke, Va., that’s expected to be finished in 2021.

Deschutes is family- and employee-owned in Oregon and is known there for its use of whole hops and for its experimental releases.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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