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NC Beer Month is Full of Beer and Cheer

NC Beer Month is Full of Beer and Cheer

It’s the time of year again! NC Beer Month is in April! Our JoCo brewers are ready to welcome you with cheers and beers!

When Deep River’s Paul and Lynn Auclair set out to open Johnston County’s first legal brewery in 2013 they had a vision for an award-winning brewery that would have a beer for every type of craft beer lover and would strive to use locally grown ingredients whenever possible. A short time later, Double Barley Brewing came on the scene making Johnston County an even more enticing place for beer-lovers to visit. Double Barley also uses local ingredients and packs a punch, with a tendency towards dark, strong beers.

Both brewers have expanded production and distribution since they opened. Johnston-County-made beers also win awards. In 2016 Deep River took home Silver at the NC Brewers Cup for their Munich Dunkel – “I Think I Left My Shorts in Munich”. They also took home a Bronze for their Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout. Double Barley’s “Double Dubbel” Belgian Style Ale won Gold at the NC Brewers Cup and their “Touché” IPA won Silver at Summertime Brews.



This April, for NC Beer Month, you can expect small batch beers from Double Barley, as well as a BBQ Cook-off at the brewery on April 14th. Deep River will be celebrating with its 4 Year Anniversary Party, April 7th-9th, and is releasing a collaboration with another award-winning brewery, Mother Earth out of Kinston. The collaboration will be a hoppy, Australian-style IPA.

Johnston County is part of the Triangle beer scene and conveniently located just minutes from Raleigh, which makes it a perfect craft beer day trip destination. Visitors can also make a weekend out of their visit with the Sip & Stay package. It’s a wonderful weekend itinerary for couples, girlfriends, craft beer & wine enthusiasts and visitors that enjoy spirits and local foods.

Included among the many deals in the package are coupons to Deep River Brewing Company and Double Barley Brewing. The package also includes a special offer room rate, as well as deals on area shopping, dining, and attractions. For more information visit www.johnstoncountync.org/sipandstay.



To learn more about Deep River and Double Barley visit www.deepriverbrewing.com and www.doublebarleybrewing.com. Both breweries will also be participating in state-wide events and festivals for NC Beer Month. For all things #NCBeerMonth related visit www.ncbeermonth.com.

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Get Tickets to the Beer, Wine, Shine, and Dine Tour

Get Tickets to the Beer, Wine, Shine, and Dine Tour

The Ultimate Craft Beverage Experience


In September of last year we announced that Clayton Food Tours had partnered with the Johnston County Visitors Bureau to offer a new Beer, Wine, Shine & Dine Tour as a guided tour of the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail with lunch. It's a great way to explore the trail while letting someone else do the driving! Much to the delight of attendees, the November inaugural tour was a huge success. So, cheers to that!

The Beer, Wine and Shine Trail currently has 2 craft breweries, 2 family-owned wineries, and one moonshine distillery. Johnston County is conveniently located to I-40, I-95, and the Triangle area. So if you're a local or a visitor, the tour can be a great way to extend your exploration of Raleigh breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Due to travel time and allowing for ample time to tour and taste at locations, each tour will involve only one winery, one brewery and the distillery along the trail. This will be an exciting and relaxing way to enjoy Johnston County’s growing beverage scene. This tour is great for couples and friend groups celebrating special occasions.

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The spectacular news is that the 2016 tour dates have been released!


March 19 -- Hinnant Winery, Broadslab Distillery, Double Barley

May 21 -- Gregory Vineyards, Broadslab Distillery, Deep River

October 1 -- Gregory Vineyards, Broadslab Distillery, Deep River

November 12 -- Hinnant Winery, Broadslab Distillery, Double Barley

The first tour, offered on March 19th, will include Hinnant Winery, Double Barley Brewing and Broadslab Distillery. Lunch is to be provided by Simple Twist located in downtown Smithfield. The motorcoach will depart at 11:00am from Double Barley Brewing, where the tour will end at 5:00pm. There is ample parking around the back of the brewery where participants can safely leave their car. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in.

The cost is $89 per person. Welcome bags will be provided by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau. Space is limited, so call (919) 585-4498 today to reserve your spot. You may visit the Clayton Food Tour website to purchase your tickets. If you would like to explore more of the trail on your own, or share it with your friends, more information and a map is available on the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail website.

 

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Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail Now Offered as a Tour

Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail Now Offered as a Tour

Double Barley

 

 

 Thanks to Clayton Food Tours, the Johnston County Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail will now have a guided option. The tours have previously been central to the downtown Clayton area with a focus on local and delicious cuisine. However, the tour company is adding on a tour that will take guests along parts of the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail (normally a self-guided endeavor) on a bus. The experience includes tours and tasting of each location on the route, as well as lunch provided by a local restaurant.

The Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail has 2 wineries, 2 breweries, and a moonshine distillery location throughout the county. Due Broadslabto travel time and allowing ample time to tour and taste at locations, each tour will involve different stops along the trail. The first offered tour, in mid November, will include Hinnant Winery, Broadslab Distillery, and Double Barley Brewery. Lunch is to be provided by Simple Twist. The bus will leave promptly at 11:00am from Double Barley, where the tour will end. There is ample parking around the back of the brewery. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in.

All Clayton Food Tours come highly recommended and wonderfully reviewed. We are very excited that they have decided to make a tour out of the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. Subsequent tours following the first one will switch off between the locations listed above and Gregory Vineyards, Broadslab Distillery, and Deep River Brewing Company. Having 2 tour offerings means being able to highlight all Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail stops completely without having to fit all five stops into one very long tour. This will be an exciting and relaxing way to enjoy Johnston County's growing beverage scene. The tour is great for couples and friend groups celebrating special occasions.

The cost is $89 per person, with a minimum of 20 people needed to run the tour.  Welcome bags will be provided by the Hinnant WineryJohnston County Visitors Bureau. Space is limited so call (919) 585-4498 today to reserve your spot. You can also visit Clayton Food Tours on the web at www.claytonfoodtours.com.

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Double the Barley. Double the Laughs.

Double the Barley. Double the Laughs.

Double the Barley. Double the Laughs.

 

You always know how Cheryl Lane's day is going the minute you greet her. And even on a bad day, she'll  make you laugh. When I breezed into the chill-vibe taproom at Double Barley Brewing for the interview she greeted me with a hug and said, "you know, the way I've been feeling today, I'm not sure I want you to put me in a blog called meet the maker." Classic Cheryl. I am never not laughing when I'm at Double Barley.

Last week I talked about my new blog series Meet the Makers - not The Maker, Cheryl - and if you missed it, click here to read.
Larry and Cheryl Lane
I recently sat down with another craft brewery in JoCo called Double Barley, owned by Larry and Cheryl Lane. Both have an engineering degree - if you read the last Meet the Makers blog you will notice a pattern, and for good reason. Larry explained, "engineers are analytical. We love processes. Crafting a great beer recipe takes ingenuity, but to craft great beer consistently at commercial volumes, that takes precision."

So what makes consistent beer? "Having the same ingredients, going into the process in the same order, at the same time in the process, at the same temperature," Larry gestured around the tap room to the patrons, "the better question is, why is consistency so important? There is a bond in the craft beer industry between the people that make the beer and the people that drink the beer. When you drink your favorite beer today you want it to taste like it did yesterday and last month. As a brewer, delivering that consistency is important to me."

I asked him about the creative part, "I'm not particularly creative, but I love food. If you have a developed palate then you have a taste for beer." Larry admitted that he doesn't do a lot of the day to day brewing. I wondered why and was told that he still has a full-time job as an engineer.

I must have looked stupefied because Cheryl laughed at me and interjected, "honey, we have 3 growing boys at home and it's all I can do to run this place and run them. We don't wanna kill ourselves trying to grow this place hand-over-fist. We had a plan when we opened the brewery. Larry was always going to keep his day job. Slow, steady, positive growth is good with us."

 

Behind the Barley


So, who brews your delicious Double Barley beer? That would be Mark Kirby, also at the table with Larry, Cheryl, and I. He's almost a one-man-show. Cheryl gestured to him, "by the Grace of God we found Mark."

Larry rolled his eyes, "I wouldn't go that far."
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Cheryl laughed, "He's like family. Everyone who works for us is like family."

Mark is in fact not an engineer, but he has one rule, "I don't make bad beer." Sounds simpler than it is. Larry, Cheryl, and Mark are the brewing team, making decisions on Double Barley brews from staples to seasonals to sensational experiments. The team likes to start with a style of beer and then brainstorm flavors based off of corresponding matches. Larry explained, "fruit flavors work really well with wheat beers. We're always going to do a summer time wheat beer with fruit. Last year it was strawberry. This year it was blueberry."

Mark and Larry banter back a forth about hops as I madly scribbled things down in my notebook, "matching the hops is vital to the style and the flavor you want. There are over 2,000 different varietals of hops. And those are just the ones with names.  Some are still in an experimental phase and simply have a number assigned to them."

Apparently hops can give off flavor and aroma profiles. Sometimes when you smell or taste what you perceive as a food additive to a beer - lemon, mango, pine - you could be getting that from the hops used, not necessarily because that food was added to the beer. Fascinating.

So, what crazy things does Double Barley do to experiment? They are currently working on a Russian Imperial Stout aged in red zinfandel wine barrels. It will have a 15% ABV (alcohol by volume) which is the highest percentage allowed by NC law. Other barrel aging experiments include gin bourbon barrels and whiskey barrels. Despite the best brewing and marketing though, sometimes a beer doesn't take off like you think. Cheryl was really proud of their Touché IPA, but it entered into an IPA saturated market. Their Abby's Amber on the other hand had almost no competition in the market. It was a traditional English Amber, hard to find in NC. It did even better than they had hoped.

The brewery is also considering the possibility of adding cans in addition to the bottles they currently package beer in. Never fear, just the packaging is changing, not the killer beer or uniquely humorous names and stories that accompany each beer. Cheryl says that keeping the names of the beers, and the stories behind those names, is important to the entire Double Barley team, "most of the time we brew the beer first and then a name follows. We collaborate together on the concept for each beer, which can lead to better ideas but also means the melding of more opinions. We always aim to be funny. It's the coolest part of the job for me."

 

Come for the Beer. Stay for the Fun.


No matter your favorite sort of beer, Double Barley has something for every craft beer enthusiast. People Double Barley Flightcome from different cities and states to spend time tasting in their tap room. Larry mentioned that they get tons of people who have found them online and come off I-95. As the interview progressed, a couple from Virginia ambled in to the tap room. That happens a lot at Double Barley. The tap room is in the cross-hairs of business 70, highway 70, highway 301, and I-95. Folks visiting Raleigh, Johnston County, or just on the way somewhere else, stop by for a now renown beer. There's certainly an awakening in the Raleigh brewery and craft beer scene; Double Barley and Johnston County continues to be a part of that growth. 

Larry summed up why people love their beer, "we're a family here and everyone loves what they're doing. You can taste that passion in the beer."

If you haven't ever been to Double Barley, make sure you head over tomorrow for the release party of their Gourd Rocker pumpkin porter. Another up-and-coming event will be the beer release party for a special beer created by Double Barley for Crobot, a rock band. The band will be at the brewery to drink their brew and play some tunes on the 10th of October. It will be a rousing, cold-brew-fueled, heck of a good time. Which honestly describes Double Barley on any given night. Check out what visitors to Double Barley already know... it's double the fun!

Catch you next time for Meet the Makers. Cheers!

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River Deep, Tourism High

River Deep, Tourism High

River Deep, Tourism High

 

It is an exciting and profitable time for the beer, wine, and spirits industries in North Carolina. Not only do these booming industries create jobs and stimulate the economy, but they also boost adjacent industries like tourism. Studies show a precipitous rise in the last decade of travelers not only interested in touring and tasting local craft beer, wines, and spirits, but the actual willingness of a tourist to travel to a state or city with the explicit purpose of exploring tDeep River Canhese establishments.

This is great news for North Carolina, ranked 12th in volume of craft breweries per state by the Beer Association of the U.S. The number is 115 breweries as of 2014, with 58 more in the planning stage. What's the economic impact from that, you ask? About $1.2 billion in 2015; and those numbers are trending up. Plus, that's just the beer! North Carolina also has over 100 wineries and 25 distilleries.

The even better news for visitors is that all of these various industries converge in Johnston County which boasts 2 wineries, 2 craft breweries, and a moonshine distillery. Tourists can visit all 5 establishments on our Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail and many visitors are led to the county by other beer, wine, and spirit trails that extend across the state.

It is because of this growing relevance between beverage crafting and tourism that I am taking the opportunity to start a new blog series called Meet the Makers. In this series I will sit down with the owners, brewers, distillers, and vintners right here within Johnston County to discuss the hard work and the magic behind what they do every day.

We will start with Deep River Brewing Company located in Clayton, NC and owned by Lynn and Paul Auclair. Sitting down with Lynn and Paul in the office of Deep River, with their large Labrador pups trying to get my attention, I am struck by how welcome I always feel at Deep River. Lynn and Paul themselves are both funny and warm, so pleased with their job and proud of their brewery. Getting to spend time with them is like getting to hang with your really cool cousins. Except that I already have really cool cousins. But, Lynn and Paul own a brewery. It's different. It's also amazing how long a conversation can last that starts with, "tell me more about what you do every day."

 

Beer Makers Must be Masters of Test and Taste


In April of 2013 Deep River Brewing Co. opened 6 months later than planned. It's ok to talk about it now because the brewery has had such phenomenal success, but to Paul and Lynn it was a time of uncertainty. Not an uncertainty of vision, but at least one of gumption. As Lynn puts it, "there were a lot of sleepless nights - well, there still are - being an entrepreneur is a risky business. A lot of people thought we were crazy."

But they had a vision. And a business plan. And a passion for beer acquired through home brewing. So how does one navigate the road from home brewing to a booming craft beer brewery? You get an engineering degree. Just kidding. Sort of. Both Paul and Lynn have engineering degrees that they were putting to good use with corporate jobs. Paul was at a small firm owned by awesome people, with an awesome culture, and by his own admission he might still be there, "but they were bought out and the corporate culture went downhill fast. I wanted to get out. I wanted to start my own venture."

Lynn adds, "the brewery wasn't the first idea to pop into our heads, but it was the only idea that we came up with that both of us really liked." So they took their passion for the craft beer scene and they started conversations with brewers that had come before them, "the craft beer community is full of giving and creative people who were willing to share their stories with us. Then we had to take our business plan to the bank."

In the spirit of not putting all your eggs in one basket - or all your beers in one case? - the plan was for the brewery to be a side-job and then as Deep River became more successful first Paul and then Lynn would leave their corporate jobs behind.

Lynn laughed, "do you know how long that lasted?"

Paul interjects, "two weeks. I quit my job two weeks after we opened. There was no way that running a brewery was going to be a side-job."

Both are now full-time brewery owners and happier for it. Paul brews and bottles. Lynn works the business side. They are both actively involved in every single aspect of the business, including naming the beers and designing the cans. But I wanted to dial in to the meat and potatoes of the operation... or, in this case, the beer.
Deep River at Festival
It turns out that brewing beer is at once super technical and super artistic. You have to have an analytical mind says Paul, "as an engineer I know that research and documentation is my friend. Delicious and consistent beer means getting every aspect of the process down to a science: record keeping, precise equipment, water consistency, yeast pitching rates, hop alpha acids, malt sugar levels."

If you're confused don't worry, I was too. Lynn laughed at my helpless look, "he reads books about water. Water! It's crazy."

Add to all of that the conundrum of producing at volume and it no longer seems laughable that an engineering degree is necessary to get from home brewing to a 10,000 barrels per year operation. Paul assures me it's all about understanding efficiency and ingredients.

But a good brew master is also one with the ability to create something mystical out of half-cocked ideas. A Leonardo da Vinci of beer, if you will, able to look at styles and ingredients and think, what would happen if? Both Paul and Lynn say you cannot be afraid to experiment. Lynn adds that, "Mango Tango Foxtrot happened because we were trying to get a mango taste out of an IPA without using actual mangos. On the other hand, we actually added real cookies to our holiday beer mash last year."

I asked Paul what he likes to dream up first, the beer style or the ingredients. He said it's a dance, "the craft beer aficionado wants variety. I want to always have a variety of styles on tap, and there are some ingredients and styles that just go together, like putting together great choreography. Right now I'm working on a Berlinerwiesse German-style beer flavored with rhubarb and soured in rum barrels."

To each their own, but I think that sounds amazing! Deep River is also aging beer in bourbon and whiskey barrels. It sometimes seems like their more daring adventures have been the most popular. In March of this year they launched Collaboration Without Representation with Bottle Revolution. It was a limited edition Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout with Coffee using Raleigh Coffee Co beans. Genius.

 

Expand Your Circle, Deepen Your River



One thing is for sure, aside from awesome beer-making skills, a fledgling brewery needs the ability to grow uninhibited and the power of positive relationships, "we wouldn't be here now if people hadn't worked with us and believed in us," says Paul, "from the bank to contractors. We didn't want to have investors or a board to answer to and so, we had to amass all the start-up capital ourselves."

Lynn explains the lack of investors, "we didn't want that sort of oversight, people trying to turn a profit. We want to love what we're doing every day, not make a billion dollars." Deep River is proof that great things can happen when people follow passion instead of profit. Not that the brewery isn't doing well. Both Paul and Lynn expect to see continued positive growth moving into the future. They still plan to handle their own distribution in order to further solidify the relationships they have with their accounts.

Lynn had a great point, "nobody cares as much about your beer as you do." The fact that Deep River is continuing to grow in volume and popularity proves that the Auclair's certainly love their beer. As do their loyal customers and the many visitors who come from out of town to try Deep River for themselves. As of now the brewery is not permitted to distribute outside of North Carolina, but Lynn says that doesn't stop the calls from coming in, "I had a guy call me the other day from Georgia asking how he could get Deep River on tap in his bar."

 

Dive In!

Deep River Cans in Ice

Most nights that the brewery is open you can find both the inside and outside filled with people drinking beer, enjoying the food truck fair of the evening, listening to music, playing trivia, or any of the other many activities happening at Deep River. If you're in the area or visiting the area, next week is an excellent time to try Deep River. Their fall seasonal beer Pumpkin Pie Porter will hit stores and the tap room next Wednesday the 26th of August. In addition, if you plan on being at any of the festivals around the state look to see if Deep River will be there, they take their beer to over 50 events a year.

Establishments like Deep River provide a jolt to the social scene and provide a watering hole for local craft beer lovers. But, they also put Johnston County on the map for visitors to NC who seek out brewers, wineries, distillers, and the experiences and tastes they offer. Thank you to Lynn and Paul Auclair for taking a leap of faith. I can't wait to see how much deeper the river gets.

Catch you next time for Meet the Makers. Cheers!

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NC Beer Month Comes to JoCo Again

NC Beer Month Comes to JoCo Again

NC Beer Month Comes to JoCo

NC Beer Month is back this year, its third annual celebration, and highlighting the best craft beer in the state. Johnston County is not immune to the evolutionary trend of craft beer brewing; there are two locally owned and operated breweries right here in our back yard and they are gearing up for NC Beer Month. But, it's not just the breweries themselves getting ready to celebrate beer. Bottle shops, bars, and restaurants all over the county are joining in on the fun too. Ready, Set, Brew.

If you haven't already tried Double Barley Brewing or Deep River Brewing then run, don't walk, to their amazing facilities, complete with tasting rooms, in Smithfield and Clayton respectively. In honor of NC Beer Month both breweries are planning not only specially brewed beers just for the occasion but also a full schedule of events, beer dinners and release parties. But tap takeovers and beer dinners aren't possible without area partners assisting the breweries and keeping both Double Barley and Deep River on tap at establishments within the county and beyond. Because Clayton and Smithfield are so close to the Raleigh area, you can think of both breweries as Raleigh breweries. You can easily find them on tap at many of your favorite Raleigh hot-spots and hangouts.

Things to Brew... We Mean, Do

In April Deep River will be revealing three new beers - Carpetbagger Double IPA (a collaboration with Trophy Brewing), Collaboration Without Representation Milk Stout (a collaboration with Bottle Revolution), and Bitter Unicorn Tears India Pale Lager. Each of these beers will involve a release party at the Brewery with more details to come. In addition, the brewery will be celebrating 2 years with a much over-sue ribbon cutting ceremony. A beer dinner with the Flip Side Cafe is also in the works with details to come.

•    April 2nd - Official Ribbon Cutting at the brewery
•    April 2nd - 5th, 2015 - Two Year Anniversary Celebration at the brewery

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Double Barley is also ready for NC Beer Month with multiple events at the brewery and beyond.  Double Barley will be releasing a new beer called Sexy Rexy. It is a red rye and the release party at the brewery will include live beach music and food specials. In addition, throughout the month of April there will be a tap takeover in the Double Barley taproom at the brewery highlighting a different NC craft beer every week. Double Barley will be hosting a fund raising event for KAM LIFE Village, giving adults with Autism life with purpose. It will include a silent auction, live music with Erin Nenni, and a pint glass with purchase.

•    April 2nd - Tap Takeover at the Cleveland Draft House, Clayton
•    April 3rd - Sexy Rexy Release Party at the brewery
•    April 8th - Beer Dinner, 7:00 PM at the brewery - ticketed
•    April 10th - from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Fund Raiser for KAM LIFE Village
•    April 16th - Bottle Share focusing on NC beer at the brewery

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Beer Hashtags and More

As we spring forward into warmer weather, April is the perfect month to get out into the county to celebrate not only beer, but the local, hardworking businesses responsible for that delicious cold drink in your hand. For more information regarding the listed events and contact information please visit the Deep River Events page here or the Double Barley Events page here. For more information regarding state-wide events for NC Beer Month please visit the website here. For those social media savvy beer-enthusiast follow all the latest, with the Twitter hashtag #NCBeerMonth or by subscribing to this helpful Twitter List here.

 

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Wine Trail Expands in Johnston County

Wine Trail Expands in Johnston County

After three years and over 1,000 people completing the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau has expanded the trail to include two new breweries and a distillery in the county.  In 2013, Deep River Brewing and Double Barley Brewing opened in Clayton and Smithfield as the first craft beer brewing companies in the county.  Also in 2013, Gregory Vineyards began distilling moonshine to blend into their wines creating a fortified brandy, which is available for tasting in their winery.

 "With the new breweries and "legal" shine now available in Johnston County, we wanted to expand the trail with these new experiences and tastings," stated Donna Bailey-Taylor, Executive Director, "the new trail has more relaxed requirements and visitors will receive coupons worth $30.00 to use on return trips to the winery or brewery they loved best."

Muscadine GrapesVisitors along the trail need only receive a stamp on their visit and are not required to purchase product as required before on the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail.  The wineries and breweries agreed that the main intent of the trail is to give the visitor a good experience, and gain a customer for the long term.  After collecting six stamps, visitors will receive a 4 x 9 rack card with $5.00 coupons good at each location on the trail.  Participating venues are Adams Winery, Enoch Winery, Deep River Brewing, Double Barley Brewing, Hinnants Winery and Gregory Winery.  Also listed on the trail for pick-your-own muscadine grapes is Myrick Vineyards near Selma, who has plans to open a winery in 2015.

Brochures promoting the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail are available at area attractions, NC Welcome Centers and may be downloaded on the new website, www.beerwineshinetrail.com.  "We encourage visitors to check back often to see what events are being planned at the wineries which host grape stomps, art and wine events, murder mystery dinners and pick-your-own grape seasons.  The breweries also have special events, live music, food trucks, corn hole tournaments and more.

Wine and craft beer enthusiasts can join our Trail Email list for announcements of special events and news from the members of the trail, and enter to win a FREE custom designed Mason Jar.  Drawings are held monthly and winners will receive the prize by mail.

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.

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