Craft beer

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NoDa and Olde Mecklenburg breweries, along with members of a craft brewers group filed the case in Wake County Superior Court Monday.

The brewers argue two state laws which force them to enter distribution contracts if they produce more than 25,000 barrels of beer a year violate the North Carolina constitution.

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Craft brewers lost an important political fight Tuesday. A committee in the North Carolina House voted to strip provisions from a bill which would allow local brewers to sell more of their own product without going through a middle man.

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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.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is returning its championship events to North Carolina, including the 2017 football championship game set to be held in Charlotte in December.

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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.

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules

May 3, 2015
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New rules to implement North Carolina’s 2013 Voter ID law are now up for public comment. The draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday, and will determine how precinct officials decide whether someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.  

Nine public hearings are planned across the state, beginning with a June 3 meeting in Raleigh. There’s a hearing June 8 from 5-7pm at the Hal Marshall auditorium in Charlotte and another in Boone on June 10. Written comments are due by June 30.  

Huge Bill Cuts Environmental Regulations, Adds Beer

Jun 6, 2014
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About a month into this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers are keeping up last year’s torrid pace. One bill currently making its way through contains dozens of changes to state laws from A to V. That’s Air Quality to Venomous Reptiles.

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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.

A Snapshot Of Craft Beer In Charlotte

Mar 16, 2012
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Wondering where to find a great beer in Charlotte? An emerging community of craft beer drinkers, local breweries and shops are filling the void of quality beer in the Queen City. We take a look at the craft beer scene here now and where we came from.