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North Carolina Brewery

04 | 17 | 19

Filling Cans on Both Coasts

Posted in North Carolina Brewery, Our Beer

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Even the best laid plans sometimes deserve a second look, and when designing a new brewery from the ground up, those early plans often go right out the window.We planned to install a canning line in Mills River at some point in the future (and designed the packaging hall to fit it in), but in the years since...

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04 | 17 | 19

Little Things and Their Big Difference

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. It's been said that construction is equal parts planning and patience. As our new Mills River, NC, brewery gradually comes online, the process is maddeningly close to completion. We're whittling down the impossibly long "to-do" list.Our Beer Camp Across America festival in Mills River last month set a tough deadline for the dozens of crews working on the...

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04 | 17 | 19

A Different Kind Of Collaboration

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

It all started on a bus. Somewhere between the deserts of Arizona and the rocky shores of Maine, a plot was hatched and promises were made, and finally a new craft brewer collaboration is coming together.But this isn't a beer. We've done that. This is something different.Last summer, on the epic cross-country bus trip during Beer Camp Across America, Jamie Floyd, the owner/brewer of Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing and our...

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04 | 17 | 19

What’s a Taproom Without Taps?

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. We're working furiously to put the finishing touches on the Taproom and Restaurant at our Mills River brewery as we prepare to open in just a few short weeks. The building is humming with activity as crews work on every aspect from choosing fabric for seat covers to installing HVAC to keep air flowing.Last week we got down...

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04 | 17 | 19

Open Tanks and Free-Range Flavors

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. There's an old saying: brewers don't make beer, yeast does. Without fermentation, there would be no beer. Much of what we as brewers do is work to keep yeast happy so it will produce the flavors we want in the finished beers. Now that we're brewing on a consistent basis at our Mills River facility, healthy yeast is...

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04 | 17 | 19

New Beers in a New Brewery

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. To some extent, we’re all afraid of the unknown, but taking the leap can lead to big rewards.Until now, Mills River has focused solely on brewing Pale Ale and Torpedo®—our two most popular beers—to try to catch up with the ever-growing demand.Last week, however, was a departure.We stepped into foreign territory, working on three exciting new beers for...

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04 | 17 | 19

Putting a Shine on our New Brewery

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. The details make all the difference. We believe that the small stuff is important because if we pay attention to that, it's a given that the big picture is well looked after.As the mission-critical aspects of our Mills River brewery begin to wrap up (i.e. brewing and bottling beer) we're focusing on what will turn this from a...

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04 | 17 | 19

Flavor Matching for Mills River: Part 1

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. We love the smell of sweet wort in the morning. Finally, brewing is underway at our new Mills River brewery. For many of us, it's been too long since we've had the pleasure of the tangy aroma of hops guiding us into work, but now steam from the kettle stacks greets our arrival.For us, though, simply making beer...

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04 | 17 | 19

Flavor Matching for Mills River: Part 2

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.Never has this cliché seemed more relevant for us than right now, as we prepare to release to you the first batches of beer brewed in Mills River.This beer is under the microscope—both literally and figuratively—and it's imperative that we get it right. No, better than right. Perfect.Every...

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04 | 17 | 19

Borrowing Beauty from Nature

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. The densely wooded mountains of western North Carolina provide a beautiful backdrop for our new brewery, but those same forested hills presented a problem for construction.We were drawn to our brewery site because of its location: about 17 miles south of downtown Asheville on a quiet, quasi-rural hillside with access to the French Broad River and beautiful scenery.Sierra...

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