CHARLOTTE – EDIA Maps continues to put what brewery-goers are looking for on paper by updating its Great NC Beer Map to include more than 270 destinations.
Looking for a brewery tour? A place that allows your pup? Prefer food truck fare or for a brewery to have its own restaurant on site? The Great NC Beer Map notes all those things.
If you want to visit a brewery during its weekly small-batch release day, the map has you covered. Traveling through and not able to make it to every brewery in town? The map will tell you which breweries only serve their beer on-tap and which ones you can grab bottled beer, on your way through.
Breweries have become the community gathering place, an extension of the front porch or the back yard, a place to pass the day with friends and family, even the young ones.
“With all our maps, we try to tune in to what people are looking for. That’s why we started making maps in the first place, because we needed all this information at our fingertips in an organized way, and it wasn’t out there. With people traveling into and around North Carolina now specifically for beer, that’s more important than ever. With this second edition, we asked around again to see what people were looking for in 2018,” EDIA co-owner Amanda Fisher said. “And it’s changed.”
A few years ago map creators Fisher and Paul Bright were cataloging which breweries switch to age 21 and over after certain hours.
“Now it’s the opposite,” Fisher said. “Now there are breweries with play areas for kids. The vibe is no longer – come to drink. It’s come hang out with a beer in hand while you do it. And bring the family.”
The map shows both sides of the spectrum, with icons denoting 21-and-over hours and the breweries that have kid zones. It also marks those with adult-geared games and fit clubs, such as running or yoga.
The second edition also denotes locations that provide gluten-free beer, other types of craft beverage and barrel programs.
The map taps into the science (and art) behind these and other beer styles with informative graphics around the margins, such as “Choose a Brew, the Science of Ordering.” This chart decodes commonly seen stats, such as ABV – Alcohol By Volume.
The map provides addresses, hours and phone numbers to more than 330 stops spread between 270-plus unique breweries. Special sections highlight major brewing cities – Charlotte, Asheville and Raleigh – with walking times between stops to help plan brewery crawls.
It is available at www.ediamaps.com for $9.99 as a folded road map or $29.99 as a poster.
About EDIA Maps
EDIA is a two-person, map-making team comprised of Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright. Their focus is on niche maps that turn the everyday into an adventure. The company launched in summer 2014 with the release of The Great NC BBQ Map. They have also released the Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map and Charlotte Adventure Map.