Hear the words “North Carolina” and “beer,” and most people instantly think Asheville. And for good reason: year after year, it continues to polish its “Beer City, USA” crown by churning out award-winning craft brews at its 40-odd breweries. But the Tar Heel State's famous beer culture isn't relegated to just one city.
Several other cities in North Carolina are holding their own when it comes to a vibrant and lucrative beer scene. From the coast to the Piedmont region, here are five other North Carolina beer destinations worth exploring: