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North Carolina has a proud tradition of supporting our military. Home to eleven military bases, North Carolina welcomes thousands of troops and their family members. That is how my family and I first came to North Carolina – we were stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville for five years. The state is home to the following military bases:

  • Pope Air Force Base in Manchester
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro
  • Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville
  • Camp Mackall Army Base in Southern Pines
  • Simmons Army Airfield in Cumberland
  • Air Station Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City
  • National Strike Force Coast Guard in Elizabeth City
  • Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville
  • MCAS Cherry Point Marine Corps Base in Havelock
  • MCAS New River Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville
  • Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point

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Even after their military service, many choose to make North Carolina their permanent home. And why not? Our state offers everything from glorious mountains to beautiful beaches. Our location lends itself to mild temperatures most of the year while still having four seasons. And as much as these veterans love remaining in our state, we love having them! They add value to our communities. By starting these businesses, they add to the economic strength of our cities as well.

Here are all the veteran-owned breweries in North Carolina. We hope you support and enjoy them whenever you’re in the area!

BEST VETERAN OWNED BREWERIES IN NC featured by top NC travel blog, The Common Traveler: Frog Level Brewing Company beer cans
Photo courtesy of Frog Level Brewing Company

Veteran Owned Breweries in Western NC:

BearWaters Brewing Company
101 Park Street | (828) 237-4200 | Canton
4352 Soco Road | Maggie Valley  

Guidon Brewing 
15 8th Avenue East | (828) 595-7976 | Hendersonville

Mica Town Brewing
25 Brown Drive | (828) 559-8300 | Marion

Frog Level Brewing Company 
56 Commerce Street | (828) 454-5664 | Waynesville

Boondocks Brewing
108 South Jefferson Avenue | (336) 246-5222 | West Jefferson

BEST VETERAN OWNED BREWERIES IN NC featured by top NC travel blog, The Common Traveler: flight of beers on wooden board from Tobacco Wood Brewing Co. in Oxford, NC
Photo courtesy of Tobacco Wood Brewing Company Facebook page – the first female, veteran-owned brewery in NC!

Veteran Owned Breweries in Central NC:

Railhouse Brewery 
105 East South Street | (910) 783-5280 | Aberdeen

Armored Cow Brewing 
8821 JW Clay Boulevard | (704) 277-6641 | Charlotte
Specializing in gluten-free beer.

Sugar Creek Brewing Company
215 Southside Drive | (704) 521-3333  | Charlotte

Town Brewing Company
800 Grandin Road | (980) 237-8628 | Charlotte

Bright Light
444 West Russell St. Suite 102 | (910) 339-0464  | Fayetteville

Gaston Brewing Company 
124 Hay Street | (910) 779-0444 | Fayetteville

Aviator Brewing Company 
209 Technology Park Lane | (919) 567-BEER (2337) | Fuquay Varina

Fainting Goat Brewing Company
330 South Main Street | (919) 346-7915 | Fuquay Varina
102 W. Parris Drive | (919) 701-1500 | Benson

Forgotten Road Ales 
141 E Harden Street | Graham

Dirt Bag Ales 
5435 Corporation Drive | (910) 426-2537 | Hope Mills

Old Armor Brewery
211 West Avenue | (704) 933-9203 | Kannapolis

Tobacco Wood Brewing Company 
117 Wall Street | (919) 725-9402 | Oxford
The only female, veteran owned brewery on our list!!!!

Southern Pines Brewing
565 Air Tool Drive | (910)365-9925 | Southern Pines

BEST VETERAN OWNED BREWERIES IN NC featured by top NC travel blog, The Common Traveler: flight of beers in front of whirlygigs at 217 Brew Works in Wilson, NC
217 Brew Works, Wilson, NC

Veteran Owned Breweries in Eastern NC:

Quick Trigger Brewing
118 W Main Street | (252) 332-6844 | Ahoskie

Beer Army Burger Company
313 Pollock Street | (252) 288-5814 | New Bern

1201 U.S. Highway 70 | (252) 631-5142 | New Bern

Shortway Brewing Company 
230 Chatham Street | (252) 777-3065 | Newport

Salty Turtle Beer Company
103 Triton Lane | (910) 803-2019 | Surf City

Waterline Brewing Company
721 Surry Street | (910) 777-5599 | Wilmington

cans of Aviator Brewing Company beer

Final Thoughts on Veteran Owned Businesses in NC

As a former military wife and the mother of an active-duty Airman, I am grateful for the sacrifices our service members have made for us. I’m happy to share this list of veteran owned breweries in North Carolina. I hope that next time you pass by or near one of these breweries, you’ll stop by, thank them for their service, enjoy a cold brew, and maybe take some beer home with you!

Do you have a favorite from this list? What is your favorite brew from each? Share in the comments!

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Happy travels,
Annick, The Common Traveler

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