Kick off your weekend with a North Carolina craft beer

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we at Blair are thrilled to be publishing North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, by craft brewer Erik Lars Myers, coming out this April. The book profiles nearly 50 craft brewpubs and breweries across the state and offers a look into the history that has created a vibrant N.C. beer culture. If you’re a fan of Foothills, Natty Greene’s, or any of the many craft brewers in our area, you’ve got to check out this book.

Erik invited us to a private get-together this past weekend to celebrate his new brewery, Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, N.C. We were lucky enough to take a private tour of the facilities and schmooze with some of the greats of N.C. craft beer.

Erik Lars Myers, author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough

Erik graciously let us sample two of his first official brews. I’m partial to Gentlemen’s Preference, a blonde ale, but our VP of sales Angela preferred Queen Anne’s Revenge, an English-style IPA. If you get to try Six Impossible Things, an oatmeal stout with notes of cocoa and coffee, please let us know how it is! We’re dying to try that.

Erik Lars Myers, author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, N.C.

Erik Lars Myers, author of North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries, at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough in NC

Ready for your own tour of the brewery? Mystery Brewing will host a weeklong grand unveiling event that is open to the public at the end of the month. The official grand opening will take place February 29 at 7 p.m., including hourly tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens. The rest of the week is full of events, from movie night and live music at the brewery to Q&A sessions at local bars. It’s bound to be a good time, and there will be great beer! (Seriously, you have to try the Gentlemen’s Preference).

If you can’t make it to Hillsborough for the festivities, don’t sweat it. Erik will travel across the state in April and May, making stops at brewpubs and bottle shops to sign books and talk about what makes North Carolina craft beer so great. We’ll post details once we finalize his book tour.

We’ve got something special in store for this book, so check the blog next week to find out more!

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