HopFly Brewing marks one-year anniversary
From Staff Reports
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
HopFly Brewing Co. celebrated its first year of business success during an anniversary party Saturday at the Brewery Incubator on the campus of Rocky Mount Mills.
“We had an amazing turn out and a good celebration of our success and the support we’ve gotten from our customers,” HopFly founder and head brewer Cam Schultz said. “It was an awesome time.”
The brewery marked the milestone with the release of three new canned beers and a full night of musical entertainment.
HopFly recently began canning its beer and is slowly growing its distribution reach. HopFly beer can be found at select craft beer shops in Rocky Mount, Wilson, Goldsboro, Raleigh, Apex and Durham.
“The strong response to our product in the market and our consistent growth is really just a testament to the hard work and dedication of brewer Austin Baker and the rest of the growing HopFly team,” Schultz said.
The brewery also is celebrating its recent wins at the N.C. Brewers Cup, where it took home two medals — a gold medal for Crunch Time Munich Helles Lager in the Pale Malty European Lager category and a bronze medal in the IPA category for Beach Beer Session New England Style IPA.
“We’re really proud of the beer we create, and this is another nice validation that all of our hard work is really starting to pay off,” Schulz said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Seventy-six breweries from across the state entered 624 beers in the N.C. Brewers Cup, the official beer competition of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and the N.C. State Fair as well as a sanctioned Beer Judge Certification Program competition.
The Brewers Cup wins cap off a successful year for HopFly Brewing, Schultz said.
In June, HopFly served beer at Juicy Brews Richmond, one of the premier invitational-only festivals in the country. And in September, the HopFly team traveled to Denver to pour its beer at the renowned Great American Beer Festival.