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>>WELCOME TO “NORTH CAROLINA
WEEKEND.” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. BEER ARMY COMBAT BREWERY OPENED
IN TRENTON A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. THIS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
CRAFT BREWERY IS A CONTINUATION OF MARINE CORPS MAJOR DUSTIN
CANESTORP’S DREAM TO DEVELOP THE CRAFT BEER COMMUNITY AND ALSO
PROVIDE LOCAL CRAFT BEER TO THE CRYSTAL COAST REGION. PRODUCER DEREK LONG WENT ON A
RECONNAISSANCE MISSION TO FIND OUT HOW THIS BEER ARMY’S MISSION
GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND ITS CALL OF DUTY.>>THE BEER ARMY COMMANDER IS
ACTUALLY AN ACTIVE DUTY MARINE OFFICER NAMED MAJOR DUSTIN
CANESTORP, WHO BEGAN THINKING ABOUT ACHIEVING HIS AMERICAN
DREAM DURING HIS LAST TOUR IN IRAQ.>>WHEN HE GOT BACK TO THE
STATES, HE WAS BREWING BEER WITH HIS BUDDIES THAT HE SERVED WITH,
AND THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE BEER ARMY. THAT’S KIND OF WHERE THE NAME
CAME FROM, AND THEY CHALLENGED HIM TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, TO
START THIS COMPANY, TO DO SOMETHING WITH BEER.>>NOT JUST BEER, BUT CRAFT
BEERS. AND THE FIRST ORDER WAS TO
INTRODUCE THE LOCAL BEER-DRINKING POPULACE TO THE
WORLD OF CRAFT BEER.>>THE MISSION FOR US IS TO
CREATE A CRAFT BEER SCENE AND JUST TO KIND OF HELP CHANGE
PEOPLE’S MINDS, SO THE BEST WAY TO DO IT WAS HOLD A BEER
FESTIVAL, AND THAT’S WHAT WE DID. ONCE THE FESTIVALS TOOK OFF,
THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE START OF THE COMPANY.>>THE BEER ARMY OUTPOST AND
ARMORY WAS ESTABLISHED IN NEW BERN TO SERVE AS THE LOCAL
SUPPLY DEPOT FOR CRAFT BEERS.>>WE HAVE 16 DRAFTS ON TAP. FIVE OF THOSE ARE OUR BEERS. WE HAVE OVER 600 BOTTLES ON THE
SHELVES. WE SELL GROWLERS HERE. WE HAVE BOTTLES HERE. WE HAVE A KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF
THAT CAN HELP WITH BEERS, UM, ASSIST YOU IN FINDING BEERS THAT
YOU LIKE. WE GUARANTEE YOU WON’T LEAVE
WITHOUT LIKING A BEER. AND JUST IN AND PARTAKE IN THE
EVENTS WE HAVE. THE TASTINGS, WE DO TASTINGS
ALSO. WE TRY TO GET IN TWO OF THOSE A
MONTH, AND THAT’S ALSO ANOTHER WAY TO GET EDUCATED ABOUT BEER.>>OR YOU CAN GET EDUCATED OVER
A FLIGHT OF BEERS.>>ALL RIGHT. HERE YOU HAVE OUR BEER ARMY
HEROES NEVER DIE. IT’S AN AMERICAN IPA. A LITTLE BIT BITTER, VERY
WELL-BALANCED. NEXT YOU HAVE FIRE IN THE HOLE. IT’S AN IRISH-STYLE RED ALE. THIRD YOU HAVE BATTLE OF BROCK’S
MILL. IT’S A SMOKED PORTER. REALLY LIGHT ON THE SMOKE. AWESOME BEER. AND LAST WE HAVE BEER ARMY
ANGELS. IT’S A BELGIAN BLOND.>>IF YOU WANT TO DELVE MORE
DEEPLY INTO THEIR BEER, THEN HEAD OVER TO TRENTON TO THE BEER
ARMY COMBAT BREWERY.>>WE DO TOURS AT 3:00 ON
SATURDAYS, SO IT’S FREE FOR EVERYBODY TO COME IN. YOU CAN COME HERE. YOU CAN SIT DOWN. YOU CAN HAVE A BEER, A FLIGHT OF
BEER, FILL UP A GROWLER, AND SIT RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
BREWERY, YOU KNOW, THE FERMENTATION TANKS ARE 30 FEET
AWAY, AND DRINK, YOU KNOW, EXACTLY WHAT — WHAT WAS
PROCESSED RIGHT OVER HERE.>>AND THE BREWS PROCESSED
THROUGH THESE TANKS THAT HAVE BEEN AWARD-WINNING PRETTY MUCH
FROM THE START.>>WE’D ONLY BEEN BREWING FOR
MAYBE A MONTH, AND, UH, WE HAD ENTERED THE SECOND BEER THAT
ACTUALLY CAME OUT OF THESE TANKS, AND WE HAD TAKEN AN AWARD
DOWN IN ATLANTA FOR THAT BEER, WHICH WAS, UH, AN ENGLISH-STYLE
MILD ALE, X-3134. UM, AND THAT WAS — THAT WAS
REALLY GOOD AND MADE US VERY OPTIMISTIC THAT THE BEERS WE
WERE DOING WERE — WERE REALLY GOOD.>>WHEN PRESSED FOR A FAVORITE,
BRUNGARD REPLIES –>>THEY’RE ALL EXCELLENT. EVERY BEER THAT WE DO IS AN
EXCELLENT BEER, YOU KNOW, WHETHER, REALLY, IT’S WON AN
AWARD OR NOT. AND, UH, YOU KNOW, IT REALLY
DEPENDS ON — ON PERSONAL TASTE.>>MY FAVORITE IS THE PORTER. I’M A DARK BEER PERSON. THAT’S MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, BUT
THERE ARE MANY OTHERS THAT ARE VERY GOOD.>>IN ADDITION TO CRAFTING GREAT
BEERS, A BIG PART OF THE BEER ARMY’S MISSION IS TO GIVE BACK.>>WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A
NONPROFIT, SO FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, IN JUNE, 100% OF THE
PROCEEDS FROM OUR FESTIVAL WILL GO TO THE VIGILANT GUARDIAN
FOUNDATION, AND WE DONATE TO THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, UM, THE
NC BREWERS GUILD, UM, MUSEUM OF THE MARINE IN JACKSONVILLE, AND
THEN A BUNCH OF OTHER LOCAL CHARITIES.>>ALL RIGHT. WELCOME TO BEER ARMY TONIGHT. I HOPE EVERYBODY’S HAVING A
GREAT TIME.>>FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH
WE DO A CHARITY NIGHT, AND ALL DAY LONG, A DOLLAR FROM EVERY
PINT THAT WE SELL GOES TO THAT CHARITY.>>IT’S THIS PHILOSOPHY OF
GIVING BACK, OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, COUPLED WITH A
QUALITY CRAFT PRODUCT, THAT HAS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE JOINING THE
LOYAL RANKS OF THE BEER ARMY.>>I LOVE THEIR BEERS. RIGHT NOW I’M HAVING A FIRE IN
THE HOLE. UM, I’VE TRIED EVERY SINGLE ONE
THEY’VE PUT OUT, AND PEOPLE HERE, THE BARTENDERS KNOW WHAT
THEY’RE SERVING, AND I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THAT,
BECAUSE A LOT OF CUSTOMERS ARE LIKE I’VE NEVER BEEN HERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO ORDER. AND THEY’LL SAY, WHAT DO YOU
DRINK?>>PEOPLE COME HERE. I MEAN, IT’S LIKE A FAMILY. ONCE — ONCE YOU WALK IN THE
DOOR, YOU’RE A REGULAR.>>SO ENLIST TODAY. JOIN THE ARMY, THE BEER ARMY.>>WE WANT YOU TO COME OUT, JOIN
THAT CRAFT REVOLUTION, LIBERATE YOUR SENSES, TRY IT OUT.>>FROM AN OUTPOST NEAR THE
FRONT, THIS IS DEREK LONG FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND.”

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