An article on Forbes magazine’s website by Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, praises some recent General Assembly legislation:
As craft beer sales and production continue to rise across the country, North Carolina has distinguished itself as a hub for the industry. With homegrown operations across the state churning out delicious and creative brews, such as Mother Earth Brewing Company in the eastern part of the state, and Foothills Brewing in the western half, North Carolina is becoming a microbrew mecca.
North Carolina now has 70 breweries, a 33 percent increase from a year ago. Two of the most well-established names in the craft beer business, Colorado-based New Belgium and California-based Sierra Nevada, are in the process of constructing large facilities in Asheville, NC that will employ over 200 people and serve as their east coast headquarters. This growing industry is now getting an assist from state lawmakers. Thanks to legislation recently passed by the North Carolina General Assembly with bipartisan support, there will now be greater access to heady brews across the Tar Heel State.