My name is Liz Nance and I love the craft beer industry.

In 2012, I was offered a job at Nantahala Brewing Company. Over the course of my three years there I would see a lot and learn even more. From brewery merchandise to social media, marketing, and eventually Vice President, I was given the opportunity to see the ins and outs of the craft beer industry as a whole. I had my hands in anything and everything.

{ “Making connections and relationships within the industry is important and apparently as easy as a gentle reach out. Friends of friends prove that in craft beer it is indeed a small world – yet quickly growing, which makes the connections we make now even more important.” -from my notes taken in April 2015 CBC Portland, OR }

In October 2015, I decided to step outside the office job and fall back into the taproom, so to speak. Looking for a new way to share my love of craft beer, in March 2016 I joined the guys at Bryson City Outdoors and we built the BCOutdoors Craft Beer Department. It’s a bottle shop and taproom inside an outfitter store, because what goes better with gear than beer?! Each week I use my love and knowledge of craft beer to bring in the best of NC’s local brews and some hard to find imports. We have twelve taps and keep a selection of about 50 cold bottles and cans. With about 200 different beers on the shelves, everyone is sure to find a new favorite brew, available for purchase to go.  To keep me in touch with my brewery days, I show up early every two weeks to clean the draft lines myself. It is just as important to me as it is to the brewers of these fine beers that each pour tastes exactly as it’s intended.

The southeast region is full of amazing breweries and I aim to try as many as I can. Here, I will write about my taproom experiences, the people I meet, the beers I taste, and what I learn along the way. I also look forward to having a place to reminisce about past brewery visits and beer events. From small hometown beer fests to the Great American Beer Festival, in this industry, there’s always something to write about.