North Carolina has become a hub for craft beer. It’s no surprise to anyone that this agriculturally rich state is the site of some of the most successful breweries, producing some of the best beers in the country and arguably the world. Here at Taylor’s we have a lot of love for our state and its craft beer! Because Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, here’s a few of our best local NC beers that we recommend sharing with someone you love!

Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem, NC)
Domicile IPA, ABV 6.5%, available in 22 oz. bombers – $7.99
This is the first beer in the rotating hop series “Craft Happiness,” an IPA project that’s rooted in defining happiness and exploring what it means to make people happy. The guys at Foothills were influenced by their love for what they do, for crafting happiness, when they decided to start this project. But this IPA series is about a lot more than just celebrating the happy community of people dedicated to craft beer, it also raises awareness of issues in our communities that can have a negative impact on happiness. Every IPA in the series will focus on a human, environmental, or animal issue and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of that beer will go to help each cause. February’s Domicile is meant to bring attention to the issue of homelessness and the inaccessibility of housing to many people not just in our local community but in our global community as well. This is an American style IPA double dry-hopped with cascade hops “dedicated to those who seek the comforts of a home.”

Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC)
Barrel Aged French Toast Imperial Stout, ABV 10%, available in 12.7 oz. bottles – $11.99
Wicked Weed released their popular French Toast Imperial Stout in January. Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup, this Imperial was a flawless representation of a french toast breakfast. Recently they released information on a barrel aged version of their French Toast coming to us in bottles. If you thought the original French Toast was intense, the barrel aged French Toast is smoldering. While still maintaining the smooth vanilla notes and sassy cinnamon, the sweet maple syrup is taken to another level with the addition of the Kentucky bourbon barrels. You can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy after drinking this boozy breakfast stout. With a limited amount bottled and released, it won’t last long!

Brueprint Brewing, (Apex, NC)
Barrel aged Edinbrue Scotch Ale, ABV 9.5%, available in 500 mL bottles – $8.99
Brand new to the shop, Brueprint has only been around for a few years. Despite being a fairly new brewery, creator of Brueprint Eric uses his 20 years of engineering and water treatment experience to understand and produce great beer. This interesting twist on a traditional Scotch ale is an exciting brand new release as part of their Bruetopian series. Brettanomyces were added to their year round Edinbrue Scotch Ale, and then it was aged in Cabernet barrels. The brett enhances both the Cabernet and Scotch tastes in the beer and creates a flavor profile that is both sweet and tart. It still maintains a balance of flavors through the complexity. Because of its uniqueness and beautiful label, it would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day!