Crystal Coast Brewing wins gold at N.C. Brewers Cup


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Crystal Coast Brewing Company of Morehead City was awarded three medals in the 2018 N.C. Brewers Cup, receiving two gold medals and one silver medal.

The N.C. Brewers Cup is the official beer competition of the N.C. State Fair and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild​ and is a sanctioned Beer Judge Certification Program competition. This is the seventh year of the N.C. Brewers Cup, and this year’s competition received 624 entries submitted by 76 North Carolina breweries.

“We are thrilled to have three of our beers recognized as some of the best in the state,” said Matt Poppe, who along with his parents Charlie and Sidney Poppe own Crystal Coast Brewing. “We are thankful to have so many amazing people here with us who have worked extremely hard to ensure that our beer is of the highest quality. We look forward to serving these award-winning beers and crafting even more great styles for those on the Crystal Coast and across North Carolina to enjoy.”

Crystal Coast Brewing’s winning beers were their Hazy Coast IPA, Crystal Coast IPA and Mojito Cerveza.

The Hazy Coast IPA received a gold medal in the American Pale Ale category and features a slightly hazy appearance with citrus hop character. The Crystal Coast IPA, one of the brewery’s flagship beers, earned a silver medal in the American Pale Ale category. Finally, the Mojito Cerveza, a unique pale lager, was named gold in the Fruit Beer category. This beer was brewed with hand zested limes, lime juice and mint to create a taste that mimics the well-known mojito drink.

“We are pretty stoked to have won these awards,” Head Brewer Billy Smith said. “Through trial and error, we’ve found some gems that have led us to this success. We’re excited to continue putting together some more stellar products and continue keeping the thirst of our loyal patrons quenched.”

Crystal Coast Brewing and all other medalists will be on display in the Education Building at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh from Oct. 11-21. Medals will be presented to winners at the annual Awards Banquet held on Nov. 7 at the N.C. Craft Brewers Conference. A complete list of winners can be found HERE

Crystal Coast Brewing is a family-owned microbrewery located in Morehead City with taprooms in both Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. Opening in 2017, the brewery produces various styles, primarily focusing on lagers and IPAs. Crystal Coast’s goal is to create a superior craft beer using only the highest quality of ingredients, many of which are locally sourced.