I've lived up and down the East Coast, including North Carolina, and have been struck by the number of breweries in the Tar Heel state producing great craft beer. I was also surprised and impressed at the number of bars and restaurants across the state that support their local breweries, as well as focus on high quality craft beers from across the country. Obviously, North Carolina does not have the number of great craft breweries that Oregon, Colorodo and California have, but the ones it does have (Foothills, Big Boss, Duck Rabbit, Highland, Carolina Brewery, and on and on ...) is notable, right? I'm back in D.C. and stunned how far behind the craft beer scene is here, which is both a compliment to North Carolina and an indictment on Washington. So, does North Carolina deserve to be considered among the great beer states?