Charlotte beer

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The battle between craft brewers and distributors is escalating.

The fight is over how much beer local breweries can sell on their own, without going through a distribution network. Easing regulation seems like something Republican lawmakers would jump at. But so far that's not the case. 

And the battle is centered right here in Charlotte.

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It's a rare day that a polka song perfectly sums up a piece of legislation. Today is one of those days. If you're not humming "Roll Out The Barrel" just yet, you should be. That's as in barrels of beer. Although we're having a bit of fun with the topic, on tap is a big dollar showdown between brewers and distributors with each claiming they best represent North Carolina's beer drinkers.

Sarah Delia

It’s harder to make hand-made soap than you might think—there’s chemistry, calculations, and patience. One woman does the whole process from her tiny kitchen in Charlotte, using an ingredient that may seem…counter intuitive.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

    

Something started happening in Charlotte a few years ago that continued to brew and bubble and is now reaching a head: beer. But not any beer- beer crafted, brewed, served and enjoyed right here in the Queen City. Every few months, new breweries are opening or moving into larger spaces.  Craft beer is taking off, creating a new culture in the process. We talk about how we got here and what's ahead in a special program recorded at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 

The partial shutdown of the federal government isn’t just affecting government services in the Charlotte area.  It’s also affecting beer and pizza.


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Beer lists are getting longer these days as more people pass up big names like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors for something more distinctive: craft beer.  Smaller breweries are turning out hoppy IPA’s, hefty ales, and dark stouts.  North Carolina has developed a craft beer reputation with the Asheville area being the brewery center in the state.  But Charlotte’s is making a name for itself, too.   Six breweries have opened in the city since 2009.  And the city council has just taken a step to encourage that growth.