Western North Carolina Getting Another Big Craft Beer Brewery

Written and Reported by Chris Abbotts and Rachel Kent for News Channel 7 and www2.wspa.com

ASHEVILLE, N.C. –Western North Carolina is getting another major beer brewery.

Officials announced Thursday New Belgium Brewing Company’s plans to build its East Coast brewery and distribution center in Buncombe County.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue joined New Belgium officials for the news.

“New Belgium looked all around and chose North Carolina as the location for the company’s one brewery east of the Mississippi,” Gov. Perdue said. “A big factor in sealing this deal was that company leaders knew they can find a skilled workforce, thanks to our history of investing in education and job training.

With the new facility comes 154 new jobs and a $175 million investment.

Fort Collins, CO based New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the country and maker of the popular “Fat Tire Amber Ale” which is distributed nationwide.
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