Home brewing is federally legal. But there are some rules and regulations in affect. Below is a brief history of the federal laws about home brewing, as well as the regulations specific to the state of North Carolina.
The 18th Amendment, which enacted prohibition in the US, made home brewing illegal. However, prohibition was repealed by the 21st amendment. BUT, there was one major oversight in this repeal…they forgot to legalize home beer making (home wine making was legalized).
In 1978, Jimmy Carter made home brewing federally legal for the first time since prohibition began in 1919.
Because the 21st amendment left the regulation of alcohol mostly up to the individual states, home brewing was now federally legal, but could still be illegal in certain states. North Carolina didn’t even end prohibition as a state until nearly two years after the end of the federal prohibition!
In some states (Alabama and Mississippi), it is still illegal to home brew, however North Carolina Chapter 18B, Article 3, §18B-306 permits an individual to make, possess, and transport native wines and malt beverages for his own use and for the use of his family and guests.
Here it is in full:
§ 18B-306 Making wines and malt beverages for private use.
An individual may make, possess, and transport native wines and malt beverages for his own use and for the use of his family and guests. Native wines shall be made principally from honey, grapes, or other fruit or grain grown in this State, or from wine kits containing honey, grapes, or other fruit or grain concentrates, and shall have only that alcoholic content produced by natural fermentation. Malt beverages may be made by use of malt beverage kits containing grain extracts or concentrates. Wine kits and malt beverage kits may be sold in this State. No ABC permit is required to make beverages pursuant to this section.
Basically, this says you can legally make your own beer and wine at home and it can contain alcohol as long as it is produced through natural fermentation (in other words, moon shining and making your own liquor is still illegal).