Nantahala Brewing takes home 16 medals at the 2014 Carolinas Championship of Beer.


Nantahala Brewing takes home 16 medals at the 2014 Carolinas Championship of Beer.

Joe Rowland, Co-Owner (Marketing, PR, & Sales)
488-2337 Ext. 6,

Bryson City, NC (May 13, 2014) — This year marked the 12th annual Hickory Hops Brew Festival, held in Hickory, NC.  54 craft breweries from all over the Southeast convened to bring their brews to over 2,500 festival attendees.  46 of those breweries entered their beers in the Carolinas Championship of Beer.  An astonishing 405 beers were entered into 138 style categories.  80 volunteer judges blind tasted for three hours to conclude the first round of tasting.

On Friday, April 25 the annual pre-festival party was the platform for announcing the winners in each category.  Nantahala Brewing came home with 9 silver medals and 7 bronze.  This was the fifth year that Nantahala Brewing has participated in Hickory Hops and 16 medals was their best showing so far, up from an impressive 14 medals last year.  “We work hard to make high quality beer out of the highest quality ingredients.  We love to hear how much our fans love our beer.  But it’s really nice to come to an event like this and hear that you’re continuing to make progress.  We never want to be static in our approach to brewing.  We want every barrel to be better than the last!” said Greg Geiger, Brewmaster from Nantahala.

One of the unique things about this competition is that all of the proceeds go to the North Carolina Brewer’s Guild.  Hickory Hops also makes a donation to the Guild.  “It’s great to be able to participate in this annual championship with peers from our region and know that it all goes back to supporting what we’re doing in the North Carolina craft beer industry,” said Joe Rowland, Co-owner.


About Nantahala Brewing Co.

Located in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala Brewing skillfully brews artisanal beer with fresh hops, whole grains, and some of the purest water on the planet.

Nantahala Brewing was founded in early 2009 and brewery operations and distribution began nearly a year later, in May 2010.

The brewery and tap room are located at 61 Depot Street, Bryson City, NC.  The tap room is open year-round.  Call us at (828) 488-BEER (2337) or visit for more information on our hours, directions, upcoming events, and wholesale inquires.

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