So much to do in 2012; more to come in 2013

Front Street bar

Front Street Brewery, Wilmington

As we kick off a new year, Tarheel Taps & Corks looks back at our first year covering North Carolina’s growing beer and wine industry. We had a blast visiting some favorite watering holes and discovering new ones. Beyond just beer and wine reviews, we try to offer a sense of place, what’s interesting and fun about NC beer and wine destinations. Here’s some of what you read, if you followed us since we came online in March.

Five NC craft brewery visits:
Big Boss Brewery, Raleigh
Lonerider Brewery, Raleigh
Front Street Brewery, Wilmington
Bull City Burgers and Brewery, Durham
Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill

Eight NC winery visits (and one in Virginia):
Noni Bacca Winery, Wilmington
Benjamin Vineyards and Winery, Saxapahaw
Mt. Vale Vineyards, Galax, Va.
Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda
Adams Vineyards, Willow Spring
Vineyards at Southpoint, Durham
Starrlight Mead, Pittsboro
Wolfe Winery, Silk Hope
SilkHope Winery, Silk Hope

Events:
Two World Beer Festivals
Raleigh (April)
Durham (October)
NC Wine Festival, Clemmons (May)
Hop field day, Raleigh (July)
State Fair beer and wine competition, Raleigh (October)

What’s in store for 2013? Looking at a trip to the Yadkin Valley AVA Wine Festival in May, as well as another stint volunteering at the World Beer Festival in April.

Local beer and wine visits:
White Street Brewery, Wake Forest
Mystery Brewery and the Wooden Nickel, Hillsborough
Chatham Hill Winery, Morrisville
Roth, Raleigh
Carolina Brewing Co., Holly Springs
Fullsteam and Triangle Brewing, Durham
Haw River Valley AVA: Iron Gate, Mebane; Glen Marie, Burlington; Grove Winery, Gibsonville
Haw River Ales, opening in Saxapahaw
Glass Half Full, Carrboro
World Beer Festival, Raleigh (spring)

To the East:
Mother Earth Brewery, Kinston
Silver Coast Winery, Sunset Beach
Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville

To the West:
Asheville beer and wine tour
Yadkin Valley Wine Festival (May)
With tour of Grassy Creek Winery and dinner at Sanders Ridge Winery
Raylen Vineyards and Winery, Mocksville
Westbend Vineyards and Brewery, Lewisville
Childress Vineyards, Lexington

We’re always open to suggestions! Where do you think Tarheel Taps & Corks should visit in 2013?
–Natalie

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