Beer and wine will be at the NC State Fair for the first time

In this first year of alcohol at the NC State Fair, patrons don’t buy individual samples or glasses, but flights for $10 each. A flight includes four 4-ounce tastings of beer or four 1 1/2-ounce tastings of wine. Only one flight can be purchased per person. // Photo by Chris Seward.

The North Carolina State Fair will include 42 breweries and 27 wineries. But there will be limits to how much is sold.

Beer and wine will be offered at the North Carolina State Fair this year for the first time ever. 

But these aren’t walking-around beers or glasses of wine. They’re samplings or flights of two of the state’s fastest growing products.

North Carolina is soaked in beer, with new breweries cropping up each year and many included in conversations of the best in the country. 

In looking to bring in 40 of those breweries, the fair wound up with 42. The state’s wine industry may be less well known, but fairgoers will have a chance to get better acquainted to the world beyond muscadine. The fair will showcase 24 wineries, two cideries and one meadery.

On the beer side of things, from across the state you’ll find beers from Foothills Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Charlotte’s Birdsong and Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Triangle breweries include Fullsteam, Ponysaurus and recent Great American Beer Festival winners Lonerider and Lynnwood Brewing. 

Wineries will include Botanist and Barrel, Honeygirl Meadery and Fair Game Beverage Company.

The beer and wine tastings are served in the Our State Public House, which is located in Heritage Circle between the Gate 6 and 8 entrances.

In this first year of alcohol at the fair, the restrictions are tight. Patrons don’t buy individual samples or glasses, but flights for $10 each. 

A flight includes four 4-ounce tastings of beer or four 1 1/2-ounce tastings of wine. Only one flight can be purchased per person. 

IDs will be checked at the door of the venue, which will serve drinks from noon to 8:30 p.m. No one under 21 will be admitted.

For beer, there will be four different flights: light, dark, hoppy and a mix of the three. For wine, the flights will be red, white, sweet and a variety of each. 

The new attraction is a partnership with the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and the N.C. Wine and Grape Council. Some of the proceeds will help the guild with research and marketing of the state’s craft beer industry.

Here are the wineries and breweries that are scheduled to rotate each day at the Our State Public House.

1718-Ocracoke Brewing 

3rd Rock Brewing Co. 

Adams Vineyards 

Appalachian Mountain Brewery 

Bhramari Brewing Company 

Big Boss Brewing 

Biltmore Winery 

Birdsong Brewing Company 

Blowing Rock Brewing 

Blue Blaze Brewing 

Bombshell Beer 

Botanist & Barrel 

Brüeprint Brewing Company 

Bull Durham Beer Company 

Carolina Brewery 

Carolina Brewing Company 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery 

Cauble Creek Vineyard 

Cavendish Brewing Company 

Chatham Hill Winery 

Check Six Brewing Company 

Chestnut Trail Vineyard 

Childress Vineyards 

Clouds Brewing 

Country Squire Winery 

Cypress Bend Vineyards 

Deep River Brewing Co. 

Double Barley Brewing 

Duplin Winery 

Durty Bull Brewing Company 

Fair Game Beverage Co. 

Fishing Creek Cider Co. 

Foothills Brewing 

Fortnight Brewing 

Four Saints Brewing Company 

Front Street Brewery 

Fullsteam Brewery 

Gizmo Brew Works 

Granite Falls Brewing Co. 

Gregory Vineyards 

Grove Winery 

Haw River Farmhouse Ales 

Highland Brewing Company 

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery 

Honeygirl Meadery 

Koi Pond Brewing Company 

Little City Brewing 

Locklear Vineyard & Winery 

Lonerider Brewing Company 

Lost Province Brewing Co. 

Lu Mil Vineyard 

Lynnwood Brewing Concern 

McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks 

Mystery Brewing Company 

Nickelpoint Brewing Company 

Oak & Dagger 

Pig Pounder Brewery 

Ponysaurus Brewing Co. 

Rock of Ages Winery & Vineyard 

Rocky River Vineyards 

Russian Chapel Hills Winery 

Sanctuary Vineyards 

Shelton Vineyards 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 

Stephens Vineyard and Winery 

Surry Cellars 

Tarboro Brewing Company 

Uptown Brewing Company 

YesterYears Brewery 

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