The Charlotte Business Journal reported today several Charlotte breweries are feeling bullish about their chances to change the current NC law stifling some breweries’ production efforts to 25,000 barrels per year.
Craft beer has a significant economic impact of $1.2 billion in North Carolina in 2015 alone. The first brewery to open in NC was Weeping Radish Brewery, now in its 30th year of operations. The NC Craft Brewers Guild anticipates there will be at least 183 breweries open by the end of 2016. In 2017, that number is expected to reach into the 230s.
Craft Freedom: Charlotte based breweries Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing Co. have been instrumental in lobbying efforts to encourage the state’s lawmakers to raise the current production cap above the 25,000 barrel annual limit, to allow craft brewers the ability to produce and self-distribute more of their product before they are required to sign with an outside third-party distributor.