NC Home Brew Clubs

Below is a list of the most popular home brew clubs in North Carolina.  They all provide a great community for home brewers and I highly recommend joining a club to learn from others around you.

National: American Homebrewers Association

North Carolina: NC Brewers Guild (more about craft beer than home brewing)

Raleigh: CARBOY (Cary, Apex, Raleigh Brewers of Yore)

Raleigh: Raleigh Times Brewer’s Guild

Raleigh: Raleigh Home Brewers Association (RHBA)

Apex: Apex BBQ Brew Club

Durham: TRUB (TRiangle Unabashed homeBrewers)

Hillsborough: Nash Street Homebrew Club

Wake Forest: White Street Brewer’s Guild

Asheville: MALT (Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters)

Boone: High Country Homebrewers Association

Greensboro: Battleground Brewers Guild

Greensboro: Brewboard

High Point: High Point Observers of Pint Science (HOPS)

Winston-Salem: Wort Hogs

Greenville: DEA (Down East Alers)

Morganton: CLASS (Catawba Lager and Ale Sampling Society)

New Bern: Alcohol Thru Fermentation

New Bern: Oriental Region Brewing Society

WilmingtonWort City Brewers

Charlotte/Waxhaw: Carolina Brewmasters

Concord: Cabarrus Homebrewers Society

MooresvilleIredell Brewers United 

Elizabeth Cith: CG Brewing Guild

Outer Banks: OBX Homebrewers

Myrtle Beach, SC: http://www.myrtlebeachhomebrew.com

14 Comments

Lisa Heaney

Hello!

I am new to NC and live in the Carolina Beach area. Just moved from Michigan where cold weather was the norm and basements were plentiful which made fermentation easy I’m trying to figure out 1) where the nearest homebrew club is and 2) how I could possibly make mead, beer and wine in this environment. Thank you for your site, it is a nice resource.

Lisa Heaney

Chris

Hi Lisa – thanks for stopping by! The list you see above is the most complete list that I have but I am sure that there are some other smaller clubs that have slipped through the cracks. Let me know if you find one in your area that we have left off the list.

As for fermenting in NC, it does present a challenge. Lots of people will pick up used chest (or upright) freezers off craigslist for cheap and get a temperature controller and just ferment inside of that. Otherwise, if you don’t have a basement or cellar, and want to ferment on the cheap, get a big bucket and fill it with water and frozen water bottles until it is the right temperature, and then just add/replace more frozen water bottles as needed each day during fermentation.

Lisa Heaney

Thank you Chris, that’s great advice.

Josh Eastwood

hey im trying to find some people close by to start brewing with. im fairly new at it. i have made about 5 batches all grain. i have a few friends who recently became interested in getting started after trying some of my home brews. any way just looking for people around fayetteville. please contact me if their are any people who wnt to bre together and learn more about beer making. thank you josh

Tom

A new addition! In 2013, OBX Homebrewers, the homebrewing club of the Outer Banks, was formed and registered with the American Homebrewers Assn. obxhomebrewers.com and obxhomebrewers@gmail.com

Many thanks!

Antares Nicklow

Hey. Been a Raleighite for years but curious where the Garner, NC get together? Is there anybody in Garner that is willing to do a meet up? I see one for Cary, Apex and Raleigh, but curious if there are any out there in aforementioned location.

Cameron Rice

Good question. I heard that Garner is starting one. Check Facebook. I believe the meeting is 10/14..

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Sarah

My name is Sarah, I am a homebrewer and I have partnered with Homecrafted brew supply shop and Draft Line Brewing to start a homebrew club to service Holly Springs, Apex, Lillington, Fuquay-Varina and surrounding areas. (HALF Brewers HALF Drinkers)
So far, we have had several meetings and they have all been successful!
My boss has recently reached out to the ABC and it has come to light that homebrew is not allowed to be brought in, made (we have had Brew and Chews in the past), or sampled at a licensed brewery/bar. My question for you is, how do you get around this? Where do you hold your meetings? Do you allow members to bring in their homebrews?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers!

Chris

Hi Sarah – we don’t operate a club, we’re just an online resource for homebrewers in NC. That being said, I believe the main difference in most homebrew clubs and the one at Draft Line is that the homebrew clubs are typically separate entities, organized and managed separately from the establishment where they meet. That being said, you are correct in that homebrew is not technically allowed to be brought into and served at places that already have an ABC permit to serve beer, but it certainly happens and that typically hasn’t been enforced very strictly…that being said, the ALE has certainly been cracking down in NC over the past few months, so I would be careful and maybe reach out to a good ABC lawyer, as I am definitely not one!

Cheers!

Chris

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