Gov. Cooper declares April 'North Carolina Beer Month'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – - Governor Roy Cooper declares April as ‘North Carolina Beer Month’.

It became official when Governor Cooper signed it into effect to celebrate this large industry in the state.

Breweries in our area feel the support is great because surrounding states don't have anything similar.

Currently, North Carolina breweries employ over 10,000 people at over 250 different locations.

Some owners believe local breweries in the state are becoming more of a destination than just another place to grab a drink.

Experts say the craft brewing trend is continuing to expand and the support of the state only helps.

"Small is where new growth begins and not every industry pans out,” said Benjamin Self, Brewmaster at Uptown Brewery in Greenville.

“But I think it's clear that craft beer is going to be a strong player."

"There are more breweries in the state now than when we started,” said Paul Philippon of DuckRabbit Brewery in Farmville.

“I think we're to a point where you can hardly fail to take notice."

Brewers also say it's great to support locally because the people making your beer are also your neighbor.

Some breweries in Eastern North Carolina are so popular, they export all up and down the east coast and even nationally.

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