Brevard Brewing Company- Elevate Your Taste

For me Brevard will be known for three things… waterfalls , white squirrels and really good Lagers. Things slow down when you get this deep in the mountains, there is no need to hurry. The same can be said for the beers at this brewery of classic Lagers. Brevard Brewing Company has been a staple…

Broomtail Craft Brewing- Wilmington NC

In this day and age, face-to-face conversation seems near extinction. Everyone has cell phones in their hands, wearing ear buds and eyes glued to a screen. But if conversation is on the endangered list, then Broomtail is a refuge, a reserve where conversation is protected and encouraged to thrive. This is a small brewery without…

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend- Rail House Brewery Aberdeen NC

Like many young boys, I was captivated by trains. These big machines pulling huge weights long distances with seemingly little effort. As I grew older I was more fascinated with the romance of where those trains were going and all the places they have been. The dark beers of Rail House Brewery captures those attributes…

Big flavors at Small Batch Beer Company- Winston Salem, NC

I enjoy the diversity in the North Carolina breweries: some breweries focus on English style ales or Belgiums; many like to keep a lot of different beer styles on tap.  Some labels brew a few flagship beers in large quantities, while others prefer to brew a large number of beers in small batches. When your…

No Trolls under this Bridge- Waterline Brewery Wilmington NC

In fairy tales, you never find anything good under the bridge. That is definitely NOT the case in Wilmington, where you can find a fun new brewery and surprising art gallery under the Cape Fear River bridge. Waterline Brewery opened this past December in the old industrial section of Wilmington, under the US 421 bridge…

Take A Magical Mystery Tour In Hillsborough

When Virginia and I left Durham and moved to Laguna Beach in 2010, there wasn’t much of a craft brewery scene in the Triangle. We pretty much instantly fell in love with the natural beauty and perfect weather of Southern California, not to mention the region’s fantastic beer culture. So it was hard to move…

Peaking Craft Beer Lovers Interest- Southern Peak Brewing- Apex, NC

The town of Apex has always considered itself “The Peak of Good Living,” which was a good natured jab at rival, neighboring town Cary, who’s slogan was “Where Good Living Begins” (Touché Apex). This is where Apex’s newest brewery gets name. Southern Peak is built to be a true neighborhood brewery; it is in a…

Reward Yourself- Trophy Brewing Company Raleigh NC

There are so many reasons you might feel you deserve a reward: you’ve worked hard this week, maybe you completed a big assignment at work or you finished that project on your honey-do list you have been putting off for a long time; you nailed that crossword puzzle; you bit your tongue when your in-law…

A Family Bond- Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary NC

The theme of family goes beyond the sibling owners. Within seconds of our arrival at Bond Brothers Beer, we realized this was not the typical brewery crowd. For patrons of this brewery, this was a family outing. People brought their kids, who enjoyed playing on the outdoor patio area while Mom and Dad appreciated the…

Picking Favorites From Our First Year

FirstInFlights.com celebrates its one-year anniversary today. We have not yet achieved our ultimate goal of visiting every one of North Carolina’s breweries, but we’re well on our way. In honor of our first anniversary, let’s take a look back at some of our personal highlights from Year One. Mike’s Picks: Top Five Brewery Hangouts 1….