One thing is for sure - The Great NC Beer Map wouldn’t be fully funded right now without all the breweries around the state who have offered up rewards for the Kickstarter campaign. So far, $1750 raised through Kickstarter has come from those brewery experiences. That’s a whopping 21% of our current funding!
To honor the breweries who have helped get us to our goal, we’d like to highlight a few things that set them apart. Today, we’ll start with our very own region, the Piedmont, giving you a closer look at Four Saints Brewing Company, Heist Brewery, and The Unknown Brewing Company. These breweries will also be some of the first places in the state where you can find The Great NC Beer Map.
Four Saints Brewing Company | Asheboro
The Story: No one has the DIY spirit as much as Four Saints. This brewery was funded through Kickstarter and formed over a love of making homebrew. Andrew Deming was a homebrewer and introduced Joel McClosky and a group of friends to the hobby over a batch of oatmeal stout. “Initially, the stout didn’t seem like it was going to make it,” Joel remembers. “Something seemed off. Andrew spoke with borrowed wisdom from Charlie Papazian [author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing], ‘Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew.’” The friends brought it back and now it’s nearly the same recipe they use at the brewery. Once the four friends learned of the four patron saints of beer, they were inspired to turn their hobby into something more serious. By the end, the four became two, Andrew and Joel, and today they continue making “Great Beer for Great People.”
Beer to Try: Stout One, the Oatmeal Stout that started it all
Where to Find It: at the brewery
Brewery Experiences: Four Saints contributed 2 rewards! A backer and 3 friends will get to assist in designing and brewing a small batch. Another backer will have a beer named after them (or person of their choice) at Four Saints Brewing Company and attend the release with a group of friends.
Heist Brewery | Charlotte
The Story: Heist is known for culinary creativity that stretches well beyond their food to beer and cocktails. In fact, they even pull off a bit of alchemy with beer cocktails, interesting combinations of spirits topped with one of their brews. The last Thursday of every month, Unknown hosts “Flight School,” where they release a flight of five experimental, seasonal beers. Many of these are developed and brewed by assistant brewer, Alexa Long, Charlotte’s first female brewer. Alexa leaned to brew on her dad’s old home brewing equipment and also spent some time in London learning alongside a sixth-generation master brewer. She’s brought many of her homebrewing recipes to Heist through their small batch program and has become an integral addition to a team that includes other brewers, mixologists and chefs, all masters of their craft.
Beer to Try: "God Save the Queen City,” a Belgian Brown Ale that releases tonight, 7/8. The beer is on tap and available in limited speciality growlers that were co-designed with NoDa neighbors, Ink Floyd Screen Printers.
Where to Find It: at the brewery
Brewery Experience: a backer and 3 friends will get to assist in designing and brewing a small batch at Heist Brewing
The Unknown Brewing Company | Charlotte
The Story: The idea behind The Unknown Brewing experience is to step into the unknown: “The Unknown is about a way of life. It’s trying things that scare you… We are your first kiss or your last time jumping out of an airplane, or whatever your wildest adventure is.” And they make every effort to provide that sense of adventure at the brewery, whether its through frequent and inventive small batches; weekly cycling events around the neighborhood; rooms full of vintage arcade games, ping pong, and other diversions; or crazy events and parties, like Bacon Fest, Let's Get Tropical, or No Pants Parties. Dogs are allowed at their brewery, but they also have their own neighborhood “Brew Cat.” This past February, Unknown celebrated their first anniversary with a massive party and by breaking the Guinness World Record of Most Jumping High Fives at Once.
Beer to Try: 3 Elizabeths, a Blond Triple that’s named after the 3 blonde Elizabeths who work there
Where to Find It: at the brewery + select canned beers at NC & SC bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and bottle shops
Brewery Experience: a backer and 3 friends will get to assist in designing and brewing a small batch at Unknown Brewing Co.
Thanks again to these breweries for their support of The Great NC Beer Map and to the wonderful backers who pledged for these very cool rewards! We couldn't do this without you all!