Carolina Brewery has been a North Carolina institution since 1995, with two brewpub locations in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, each serving contemporary American pub fare made from local ingredients. The brewery is the fifth oldest in the state, and is looking to spread its wings little bit further, adding new locations in Tennessee (Nashville and Chattanooga) and South Carolina (including Myrtle Beach) to its distribution footprint. Enthusiasts in those markets can look for Carolina Brewery brews in restaurants and stores including Whole Foods Market, Publix, Mellow Mushroom and Harris Teeter.
Carolina Brewery’s beers are available in cans and on draft. Their signature, year-round brews include:
Sky Blu Golden Ale: A lighter beer with handcrafted integrity. This Kölsch style ale is spritzy, not too malty, with the pleasing aroma of imported Hallertauer hops.
Flagship IPA: Unique floral aroma from the generous addition of Cascade hops to the fermenter in a procedure known as dry hopping. Hops: Chinook & Cascade.
Copperline Amber Ale: A brilliant red ale brewed with caramel and pale malts. The ale yeast lends a touch of fruit to complement the malt. Kent Golding hops yield just enough bitterness and aroma to round out the flavor. Hops: Kent Golding.
A graduate of the Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Academy in Chicago, Jon Connolly has served as Carolina Brewery’s Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations for 20 years. Chattanooga-based SquareOne Holdings is an investor in Carolina Brewery. The firm provides advisory services to and invests in restaurants and brewery operations across the United States and in Canada.