Carolina Brewing Company was the great idea of two brothers, John and Greg Shuck, and a friend, Joe Zonin. In 1992, we were living in Seattle and home brewing beer in our basement. John picked up a job working at a local brewery (Maritime Pacific) while Joe & Greg worked second shift at a credit agency and brewed beer third shift, into the wee morning hours. We got great feedback from friends and strangers (some really strange), and armed with enthusiasm and confidence, we decided that we could open our own brewery. With nothing tying us to Seattle and 10 small breweries in the Seattle area, we decided to look East for an untapped market . We wanted an area that had little competition, was a good place to live and had people and a strong economy that would be supportive of a local brewery. After traveling throughout the SE, we decided on Raleigh.
In 1993, the three of us moved from Seattle to Raleigh and started writing a business plan. While we worked in and frequented many bars and restaurants in the area, we finished writing a business plan, and pitched the idea to local banks. We also scouted warehouses and found an opportunity in Holly Springs to design the building we needed to be a brewery before it was under construction. In 1994, with financing secured from one bank and a whole bunch of friends and relatives, Carolina Brewing Company was founded and the equipment was ordered.
All it took is 3 (now 4) livers and a Dream. Show Less