UNC Greensboro University Libraries Launches Well Crafted NC Project

Contributed by Erin Lawrimore

History of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro celebrated with April 14 project launch event

Elm Street looking north from Depot Street

Frontmost building in this early 20th century view is a saloon

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is proud to launch the new digital project Well Crafted NC (www.wellcraftednc.com). Well Crafted NC documents the history, business, and culture of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro, NC. A free, public launch event will be held at Little Brother Brewing (348 S Elm St, Greensboro) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 3-7 pm to celebrate the project. From the saloons of the 1890s to the craft breweries of today, Well Crafted NC features a wealth of information on the history of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro. Oral history interviews with local brewers, collections of images and other items illustrating development of currently-operating breweries, and historical research on the beer industry in the downtown region help tell the story of this business sector that has been an important catalyst in revitalization and community development. Current breweries represented include Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing Company, Little Brother Brewing, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, and Preyer Brewing Company.

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries in collaboration with the North Carolina Brewers Guild will host a Well Crafted NC project launch event on April 14, 2018, from 3-7 pm at Little Brother Brewing. This event will be open to the public and free of charge. An exhibit of historical photos, recipes, and other items related to beer and brewing in Greensboro will be on display. Visitors will be able to browse the digital project and speak with the project coordinators. Giveaway prizes, such as custom pint glasses, will be available in limited supplies.

Exterior of Little Brother Brewing Co.

Little Brother Brewing, which opened in 2017 in the same building that used to be a saloon

In the upcoming year, we plan to expand the project scope to document the beer industry throughout North Carolina. If your archives is interested in participating in the expanded project or if you have any questions about Well Crafted NC or the launch event, please contact Erin Lawrimore (erlawrim@uncg.edu, 336-256-4038).

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