The Weeping Radish is North Carolina’s oldest Micro Brewery, having changed State law in 1985 legalizing the sale of beer at a brewery. It started operations in 1986 in Manteo. In 2007 the Weeping Radish moved to Grandy and started the very first integrated Butchery, Brewery, Restaurant and organic farm concept in the United States.
There are now over 250 breweries in North Carolina with an economic impact of over one Billion Dollars in this State alone. The viewing platform has a 40 ft. timeline of every brewery opening in NC from 1986 to 2017.
Uli Bennewitz, Founder of the Weeping Radish personally gives these tours.
The tour starts with the history of the Weeping Radish, a description of how the State law was changed as well as an interesting description of building an 18,000 sq. “green” building in the current code environment and combining four separate uses in one building.
The second part is a detailed description of the farm to table movement and the concept of the trend to healthier food. The stated goal is to reduce the food chain from currently 2,000 Miles to 200 Miles. Again the Weeping Radish was an early innovator, starting an on-site organic farm in 2007 and bringing in a German Master Butcher to set up a Farm to Table Charcuterie program. This charcuterie program has received various awards from the Good Food Award
In San Francisco, to Charcuterie awards in Germany and Wisconsin.
The third part of the tour is highlights how the craft movement is impacting job opportunities for the millennials and how craft education and training is beginning to be an alternative to the current purely college based education.
In 2017 Uli was honored for his achievements by the Brewer’s Guild of North Carolina with a special Yours Truli Beer, which was distributed statewide. Uli has been interviewed for a documentary of the Brewers Association in Boulder, CO featuring the original founders of this thriving movement. Last fall Uli was also part of a Brewer’s panel at the Smithsonian Institution in DC.
We only sell our beer locally, either on premise, or self distributed on the Outer Banks. The self distribution gives local restaurants a chance to order for the first time ever custom filled kegs of beer directly from a local brewery.
Photography credit: Alex Perry, Photographer/Videographer, Currituck County Travel and Tourism