Join us Saturday for the Raleigh World Beer Festival

It’s not often we get to attend beer festivals and call it work, but–lucky us!–we have that chance this Saturday, April 14. Join us at the Raleigh World Beer Festival, where we’ll be selling North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries. Grab a cold beer (or several), get your copy of the book, and have author Erik Lars Myers sign it right there (he’ll be at the Mystery Brewing booth nearby).

Raleigh, North Carolina
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh
Afternoon Session: 12 PM – 4 PM
Evening Session: 6 PM – 10 PM

What folks are saying about the book:

“The book is an essential resource for anyone wanting to explore the state’s beer scene or plan a few suds-inspired road trips this summer.”
—Andrea Weigl, Raleigh News & Observer

“Every beer enthusiast should be ashamed not to have a copy of this for his or her own home library, and those looking to finally get up-to-date and hitch a ride on this craft beer wagon should look no further than this book. As Myer’s writes in his opening sentence, “It’s an exciting time to be a fan of craft beer in North Carolina.” And his book is the perfect segue into that scene.”
—Laura White, Raleigh Public Record

“Erik has done an amazing job in this book telling the story of the craft breweries throughout North Carolina…This isn’t your typical book filled with just pure facts; it’s a book that paints a picture about the love and determination that people have for the product they create and the personal stories and relationships that have grown not just between coworkers, but between breweries themselves…this book does a great job in showing the passion these people have for the beer they brew and the breweries they work for.”
—Eric Waters, All Malt America

“Author Erik Lars Myers has done an admirable survey of the blazing hot North Carolina scene and added [the] human dimension [of] the people behind it.”
—Sean Inman,

“Erik’s passion for the craft, culture, and heritage of beer is unrivaled. This collection of portraits . . . delivers both the information and the romance of this exciting young industry. Don’t read it without a good North Carolina craft beer to go with it.”
—Daniel Bradford, president of All About Beer magazine and producer of the World Beer Festival

“Erik Myers had to capture one of the country’s most vibrant and explosive beer centers. Lucky us: he’s done a great job!”
—Lew Bryson, author of Pennsylvania Breweries and New York Breweries

“Erik Lars Myers captures the spirit and soul of today’s craft brewers in this thoughtful and gorgeously illustrated tour of North Carolina brewing. Read this and you’ll understand why contemporary American brewing is about more than beer.”
—Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“The American South has become an exciting destination for ‘beercations’— nowhere more so than North Carolina, where beer geeks plan pilgrimages to Asheville. But what Erik Lars Myers’s North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries shows is that truly soaking up Cackalackee suds requires an epic road trip from the mountains to the Outer Banks. . . . With so many exciting new breweries in the works, including his own Mystery Brewing Company, I’m already looking forward to his sequel.”
—Brian Yaeger, author of Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey and founder of

“Erik Lars Myers offers not only an excellent primer on North Carolina brewers big and small but keen insight into a brewing community overflowing with personality. Profiles and interviews with dozens of brewers—every craft brewery in the state, in fact—make for an eminently readable and truly comprehensive guide. Round things out with a blitz through the Old North State’s three centuries of brewing history and an overview of brewing processes and beer styles, and you’ve got an indispensable regional beer handbook.”
—Josh Christie, editor of and writer for


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!