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January 2018

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14 Going out for a beer used to mean swilling down some mass- produced, barely-flavored, carbonated beverage that was lightly alcoholic and close to water. But these are the days of craft beer -- micro brews, not macro brews. Getting a beer is an experience -- if you know where to go. How about a sour beer with the tang and zip of key lime pie? OK. You want a dark stout with coffee, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and pasilla peppers in it? Sure. A Michelob Ultra? No. Not a chance. The world of craft beer has taken over North Carolina, with more than 230 breweries and brewpubs across the state. There are none in Goldsboro or Wayne County. But there are several spots to go and sip on the flavor of North Carolina, as well as many other craft breweries across the nation. Tobacco and Hops, owned by Dustin Pike, recently expanded its operation to include a bar and lounge area. The bar opened Oct. 27, with a ribbon cutting held on Nov. 11. High back chairs and couches line the floor for patrons to kick back and relax in while they partake of fine vices. "It's still a cigar lounge first, so it's very different than a bar," Pike said. "It's very cozy and relaxing. It's an atmosphere where someone can sit and smoke. At the same time, there's a growing trend of pairing cigars and beers since craft beer is blowing up everywhere." Pike said the plan was always to expand the store to include a bar -- hence the name of the shop -- and he is happy to have gotten that goal accomplished in the first year the store opened. The cigar-selling portion opened in February. Three other craft beer spots now call Goldsboro home also -- Brewmasters, Well Travelled Beer and Goldsboro Brew Works. Both Well Travelled Beer and Brewmasters sell craft beer by the bottle, though Brewmasters also sells food. Well Travelled Beer was the first craft beer joint to open up in the city, letting the beer flow in the summer of 2016. The shop has more than 650 different kinds of craft beer, sake and wine on its shelves and is open every day of the week but Monday, with limited hours on Sunday. It is owned by brothers John and Sam Hodge, and quickly emerged as a community staple. The store and bar opened when the two brothers teamed up after John got out of the United States Navy. Sam said he'd been wanting to open a craft beer spot for the past 10 years and his dream is now a reality for the brothers. "Being his brother and just transitioning out of the military, I figured why not try and do something on my own instead of doing something for someone else," John said. "Sam asked me to come along with him on it, and I don't regret it at all. I enjoy every moment of it." John said the business does travel to smaller brew- eries around the state to secure harder-to-come-by craft beers, some of which are not carried by large distributors. To choose what beers to have on tap or in the store -- North Carolina or otherwise Craft or Bust Goldsboro's blossoming craft beer scene quickly drew a passionate and loyal following in the area. This is the story of the pioneers of the movement. Zak Fein, one of the owners of Goldsboro Brew Works, discusses how he sometimes steps customers up through different levels of bitterness in flight sam- ples until they work their way up to an IPA. IPAs are traditionally more hop-forward, making them bitter, and are brewed with a wide variety of different ingre- dients to impart flavors from fruity to spicy. Story and photos by Ethan Smith story continues on page 15

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