In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank a veteran for their service is continuing to support them and their endeavors after being discharged. So, when you grab a pint at one of these places, you know you're doing just that!

Note: If you're like many of us who observe "Beer Month" about 12 times a year or so, then consider this your "go-to guide" of veteran-owned places to celebrate it…
Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC)

Two United States Army veterans who served together, continue serving their community together. Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery".

Huske Hardware Brewery

North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike.

Gaston Brewing Company (GBC)

If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it.

Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom

A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself.

Heckler Brewing

Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow!

Mash House Restaurant and Brewery

Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery.


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