Votes poured in this summer for our State of the Hops contest, which pitted 64 of the best breweries in North Carolina and Virginia against each other, but at final tally, only one brewery could walk away victorious.

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This year’s winner was Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB) out of the High Country of Boone, North Carolina. If the name sounds familiar, you may remember them from their runaway victory in last year’s Best Sixer Ever contest.

With successful flagships like the Longleaf IPA, the Spoaty- Oaty Pale Ale, and the Boone Creek Blonde, AMB has been garnering brewing accolades and community support since they opened their doors in 2011. They are known for award-winning beers and a deep commitment to their community and environmental stewardship.

With their ‘Pints for Non-Profits’ program, they donate a portion of every pint sold in their tasting room to local charities. They’re also huge supporters of outdoor recreation. “We live and breathe the outdoor lifestyle,” said Director of Retail Operations Danny Wilcox.

“And we’re committed to using the sale of our beer as a way to protect the outdoors for future generations to enjoy.”

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