North Carolina and NoDa Brewing Win Big in World Beer Cup

North Carolina and NoDa Brewing Win Big in World Beer Cup

NoDa Hop Drop N' RollIt’s no secret that Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing Co. serves up some of the best local brews around. However, the local buzz quickly turned into world headlines after their Hop, Drop N’ Roll clinched the gold medal for American-Style India Pale Ale at this year’s World Beer Cup last week.

The World Beer Cup is a biennial event held in Denver and features competition in 94 different categories from breweries around the world. While most categories have less than 100 entries, NoDa Brewing beat out 224 other breweries for the title, a new World Beer Cup record.

Of nearly 5,000 different style beers entered, about 70% were from the U.S, which drew in 205 titles total. NoDa also became the first Charlotte brewery to medal, not to mention, be awarded a top prize.

Other North Carolina winners include:

  • Gold award in German-Style Heller Bock: Meyerbock, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
  • Bronze award in Imperial Red Ale: Tyrant Double Red, Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C.
  • Gold award in Brown Porter: Ninja, Asheville Brewing Co., Asheville, N.C.
  • Bronze award in German-Style Kosch: Endless River, Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, N.C.
  • Silver award in Old Ale or Strong Ale: Irish Walker, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, N.C.
  • Silver award in American-Style Black Ale: Once You Go, Lynwood Brewing, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Gold award in German-Style Kölsch: White Street Kolsch-Style, White Street Brewing Co., Wake Forest, N.C.

NoDa Brewing Co.

Just as their website says, “this is the beer that started it all for NoDa Brewing,” and I can think of no better validation for owners Todd and Suzie Ford and head brewer Chad Henderson.

Hop, Drop N’ Roll is offered year round and can be found on regional taps, in select groceries, and at their tap room right here in NoDa.

See the full list of winners here to start compiling your bucket list of brews to try this year. Personally? I’d like to fetch myself a glass of the Decadent Dark Chocolate, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI.

Have you ever tried NoDa’s Hop, Drop N’ Roll or other brews? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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By Lea
Food-loving wanderlust connecting the dots between craft beer, live music, and the Charlotte (and neighboring cities’) restaurant scene. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more tasty bites.


  1. NODA Brewing is the top Charlotte brewery not only in beer quality but also in packaging and their tap room. Too many breweries are opening up now and most of them will not make it in the coming years.

  2. I will take OMB over NODA any day.

  3. Lea

    As a marketing/design professional and enthusiast, I have to say their packaging, marketing, website, etc. is superb. Did you know their can packaging (designed by Charlotte-based agency, Saturday Communications) won an Addy?

    Redman, I do enjoy a Summer RPA every now and then!

  4. Unknown will rule the Charlotte Brewery world.

    • Dave

      Is this Dave Morris posting anonymously?

  5. Noda Brewers is the BEST in the country! No harder working folks around then Chad Henderson, Head Brewer and Todd and Suzie Ford! The folks there are super nice and the beer is the best anywhere on the planet! GO NODA!!!!!!!

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