Carolina Brewing Company first opened its doors in 1995, making it the oldest active brewery in Wake County.

1992: Founders Greg Shuck, John Shuck and Joe Zonin lived in Seattle and home-brewed beer in their basement.

1993: Once they fine-tuned their brew recipe, they toured the Southeast for a new market to open their own brewery. They chose Holly Springs, NC.

July 3, 1995: The first kegs of flagship brand Carolina Pale Ale delivered to 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh.

Fall 1995: Carolina Nut Brown Ale is introduced.

1995 – 2011: CPA becomes one of the best selling beers in the Triangle.

2006: North Carolina legislature passes a bill to allow breweries to brew beers with higher alcohol content. CBC’s Old 392 Barleywine is named in honor of this bill.

2011: John Shuck decides to leave after 16 years as head brewer.

2011: That same year, Mark Heath and Van Smith–long-time fans of CBC and volunteer brewers and bottlers for many years–join the ranks as partners.

2015: Taproom opens to celebrate 20th Anniversary as Holly Springs’ Hometown Brewery.

2015: CBC rebrands to celebrate this milestone.

2016: CBC plans statewide distribution by end of year.

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