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 beer recipes, they toured the Southeast looking for a new market to start a craft 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. We marked this date as the brewery's first "official" anniversary.
  • Over the next 15 years, Carolina Pale Ale (CPA) becomes a staple in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores around the Triangle.
  • 2011: Mark Heath and Van Smith–long-time fans of CBC and volunteer brewers–join the ranks as partners.
  • 2015: Taproom opens to celebrate 20th Anniversary as Holly Springs’ Hometown Brewery.
  • 2020: 25th Anniversary of the Brewery
  • 2021: After 26 years of brewing excellence, the founders decide to pass the torch to the next generation of passionate beers lovers and Jason Howard, the new owner, purchases the brewery.
  • 2021 & Beyond: Watch for changes at the Brewery including a re-styled outdoor seating area, new logo, and a switch from bottles to cans that will keep your beer fresher longer. Don't worry- the beer will stay exactly the same- with perhaps new offerings and a larger IPA focus.