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Dogfish Head Fort (image courtesy of Linus Gelber)Four hundred new beers on the shelves. Seasonal and specialty releases from North Carolina breweries. New beer bars, brewpubs, and retail stores….from Asheville to Kill Devil Hills. It’s a good time to be a craft beer lover in North Carolina.

Pop The Cap celebrates all the people who took time to get involved in the legislative process of lifting North Carolina’s 6% alcohol by volume cap on beer. We mean this sincerely…it wasn’t us, it was you. And now that a year has passed since Governor Mike Easley signed HB392 into law, we’ve launched Pop The Cap version 2.

Our new goal: to celebrate beer culture in North Carolina. How? By helping restaurants select a great beer list. Kicking off new beer festivals and tastings. Hosting top beer professionals for educational seminars. And by showcasing North Carolina’s amazing selection of specialty beers.

Our mission is to be a resource for North Carolina craft beer lovers, both online and as a real-world community. If you have any ideas or recommendations, we’d love to hear from you. As it was with changing the 6% law, it’s all about you, the craft beer enthusiast.