Food & Drink

N.C. breweries working together to make a state beer

It took official acts and legislative debate to get North Carolina a state dog (Plott hound), state flower (dogwood) and state tree (longleaf pine). It will take more than 20 breweries to get a state beer.

Margo Knight Metzger, the director of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild, announced the effort to make a “statewide collaboration beer” Wednesday at a beer industry event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s new facility in Charlotte.

The idea is to create a single beer using all N.C. ingredients and input from a group of N.C. brewers. The beer will be used to represent the state at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October, as well as at the World Beer Festival in Durham on Oct. 11. It will also be avalable in limited release at participating brewers.

To be called North Carolina Gose West, it will be made at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough – roughly in the center of the state – on Saturday and Sunday.

A gose is a slightly sour wheat beer with a hint of salt. Sour beers are unusual, but they’re gaining popularity with craft beer drinkers.

This gose will include ingredients from a number of N.C. sources: Barley and wheat from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, Outer Banks Sea Salt from Southern Shores, muscadine grapes from Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin and hops from several farms.

Brewers taking part in helping to make the beer: Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham; Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill; Carolina Brewing Company, Holly Springs; Compass Rose Brewery, Raleigh; Deep River Brewing, Clayton; Double Barley Brewing, Smithfield; Gizmo Brew Works, Raleigh; Lonerider, Raleigh; Mystery Brewing; NoDa Brewing, Charlotte; Ponysaurus Brewing, Durham; Bombshell Beer Co., Holly Springs; Rockingham Community College Center for Brewing Sciences, Eden; Top of the Hill Brewery, Chapel Hill; Triangle Brewing Co., Durham; Regulator Brewing, Hillsborough; and Wooden Robot Brewery, Charlotte.

The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild is a nonprofit that represents craft breweries in North Carolina. With more than 110 breweries and brewpubs, North Carolina now has the largest number of craft breweries in the South.