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HopFly Brewing marks one-year anniversary

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Cam Schulz, owner and CEO of HopFly Brewing Co., pours a beer for a customer on Nov. 20, 2017, at the Rocky Mount Mills.

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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.

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