By the Editors / Compiled by Jennifer Fitzgerald
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”
– Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlett by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A year ago in this space, in the September 2015 issue, we published a map of the 18 counties of Western North Carolina, listing all the then-current breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries dotting this corner of the state. All totaled, there were 71 separate entries, of which the breweries numbered 42. Twelve months later, it has become clear that our statement “the region is home to a growing number” of such businesses was accurate—prescient, even.
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