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Check out this list of the highest rated beers across the state, using info from BeerAdvocate.

If you drink beer—any beer—you’ve likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.

The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining.

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Like all revolutions, this, too, began as a desire for change—as an overthrow of the old and the monopolistic. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors), two of the largest beer companies in the world, comprised roughly 77% of total beer sales in the U.S. In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.

With a taste of the innovations and variety coming out of craft breweries, consumers are demanding a higher quality product, and are willing to pay more for it. Over the last decade, beer prices have increased by 33%.

If you’ve ever been curious about which beers are most popular in your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in North Carolina using ratings from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 beers per brewery were included.

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#30. Querido Y Perdido

– Rating: 4.26 (73 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 11.00%
– Brewery: Casita Brewing Company
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#29. Griddle

– Rating: 4.24 (134 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Burial Beer Co.
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#28. The Amen Break

– Rating: 4.36 (23 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: New Anthem Beer Project
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#27. The Vapors

– Rating: 4.37 (22 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 7.00%
– Brewery: New Anthem Beer Project
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#26. Up All Night Breakfast Porter – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

– Rating: 4.25 (105 ratings)
– Type: Imperial Porter
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Triple C Brewing Co.
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#25. Stranger Clouds

– Rating: 4.36 (26 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.60%
– Brewery: Heist Brewery
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#24. The Miller’s Toll

– Rating: 4.28 (71 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 9.10%
– Brewery: Raleigh Brewing Company
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#23. Seasoned Skillet

– Rating: 4.32 (40 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 14.00%
– Brewery: Burial Beer Co.
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#22. Sexual Chocolate – Barrel-Aged – Coffee Infused

– Rating: 4.33 (36 ratings)
– Type: Russian Imperial Stout
– ABV: 9.60%
– Brewery: Foothills Brewing Company – Downtown Brewpub
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#21. Jade IPA

– Rating: 4.24 (1,109 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 7.40%
– Brewery: Foothills Brewing Company – Downtown Brewpub
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#20. Kitten Biscuit

– Rating: 4.32 (49 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 9.00%
– Brewery: Wilmington Brewing Company
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#19. Neon God

– Rating: 4.34 (48 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.30%
– Brewery: New Anthem Beer Project
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#18. Hop, Drop ‘n Roll

– Rating: 4.27 (2,084 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 7.20%
– Brewery: NoDa Brewing Company
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#17. Collaboration Without Representation

– Rating: 4.32 (88 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 12.80%
– Brewery: Deep River Brewing Co.
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#16. Lindley Park

– Rating: 4.28 (1,083 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Olde Hickory Brewery
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#15. Olde Rabbit’s Foot

– Rating: 4.3 (490 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 10.13%
– Brewery: Foothills Brewing Company – Downtown Brewpub
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#14. Dark Age

– Rating: 4.3 (571 ratings)
– Type: Russian Imperial Stout
– ABV: 13.90%
– Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
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#13. Drunken Vigils Breakfast Stout

– Rating: 4.39 (51 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 13.80%
– Brewery: Southern Pines Brewing Company
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#12. Appalachian Walker

– Rating: 4.4 (64 ratings)
– Type: English Barleywine
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Olde Hickory Brewery
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#11. Golden Angel

– Rating: 4.36 (251 ratings)
– Type: Wild Ale
– ABV: 7.00%
– Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
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#10. Framboos Morte

– Rating: 4.39 (140 ratings)
– Type: Wild Ale
– ABV: 7.70%
– Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
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#9. Sexual Chocolate – Barrel-Aged

– Rating: 4.36 (1,284 ratings)
– Type: Russian Imperial Stout
– ABV: 9.60%
– Brewery: Foothills Brewing Company – Downtown Brewpub
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#8. The Event Horizon

– Rating: 4.36 (1,844 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 12.25%
– Brewery: Olde Hickory Brewery
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#7. Blurred Up

– Rating: 4.45 (53 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.40%
– Brewery: Heist Brewery
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#6. Maceo

– Rating: 4.4 (129 ratings)
– Type: Wild Ale
– ABV: 8.60%
– Brewery: Green Man Brewery
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#5. Über Quench’l

– Rating: 4.45 (62 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.20%
– Brewery: Heist Brewery
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#4. Angel Of Darkness

– Rating: 4.4 (178 ratings)
– Type: Wild Ale
– ABV: 11.00%
– Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
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#3. Blurred Is The Word

– Rating: 4.42 (110 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.80%
– Brewery: Heist Brewery
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#2. Red Angel

– Rating: 4.45 (310 ratings)
– Type: Wild Ale
– ABV: 7.00%
– Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
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#1. CitraQuench’l

– Rating: 4.5 (363 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 7.10%
– Brewery: Heist Brewery
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