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Carolina Brewery

How Did Carolina Brewery Begin?

In 1995, owner Robert Poitras opened Carolina Brewery’s doors on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. A third generation UNC alumnus raised in eastern North Carolina, Poitras’ interest in craft beer began while still in college when he traveled to Europe and became enamored with the local customs and flavors.


The following summer spent in Southern California exposed Poitras to the local craft brewery business in the United States. Upon returning home to North Carolina and graduating with honors from UNC Chapel Hill, Poitras searched for a brew master. He found Jon Connolly at the world famous Siebel Institute and together the two men have built Carolina Brewery.

Wholesale Distribution

Contact our Pittsboro Brewery Office for more information about our wholesale operations.



After 21 years as a successful brewery and restaurant, Carolina Brewery has expanded its distribution across North Carolina, South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.  


Their award winning, handcrafted beers have gained national recognition with medals from the nation’s premier beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and World Beer Championships.  Recent GABF medals include Bronze Medals for their Oatmeal Porter and Sky Blue Golden Ale in 2013 and 2012, respectively, and a Gold Medal in 2006 for their Flagship IPA.


The Carolina Brewery continues to expand its offerings with fresh, exciting beer styles and new 16 oz. seasonal cans.  To stay up to date on all the latest Carolina Brewery news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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