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Regulator is Legal!

Regulator is North Carolina’s newest brewery!  Yahoo!

So, we’re gonna crank up the system this weekend for a double brew day.  Is there a better way to celebrate Labor Day and our final permit approval?


Nope, we didn’t think so.

If you wanna know more about what we’ll be brewing, scroll down for details on beer names and the label design.

And we’re pretty sure that your now-burning questions include when and where to get Regulator beer. We hear you!  Details are coming on our beer releases, which we’ll share via our email list and on our events page.  If you want updates delivered to your inbox, sign up for the email list.  You can also catch us on Facebook and Twitter.


The folks behind Regulator Brewing, L to R: Stephanie, Dustin, Ryan, and Anna.
Stephanie, Dustin, Ryan and Anna


Have you met… beer? On naming our flagships.

Hello BeerWhen there are over 3,400 breweries in the US, producing lineups that contribute to the over 500,000 types of beer listed on Untappd, naming a beer is no easy task.

So how do you approach choosing names for flagship brews, when there are so many out there already?  If you’re us, you throw around ideas for six months; you might even have fun with a beer name generator.  You pick a few names, only to discover that a fellow North Carolina brewery already uses them (well, two out of three, but what are the odds?) Finally, after mulling over your mission, vision and values, you land on a few names you think will represent local agriculture, the Hillsborough community, and, of course, the Regulators.

Without further ado, we’d like you to meet the Regulator flagship lineup:


Capsheaf Kölsch

Grain from North Carolina farms is the foundation ingredient of our beer, and using it is a large part of our commitment to the local economy. Meaning ‘cream of the crop’–the topmost shock of a sheaf of grain–we think Capsheaf is a name worthy of our crowd-pleasing, easy-drinking Kölsch.


Tavern Alley Brown Ale

We were pleased to learn that by continuing to gather around ale and spirits at local watering holes, Hillsborough folks are keeping a centuries-old tradition alive.  Tavern Alley in Historic Hillsborough hosted a variety of community events in the 18th and 19th centuries: we pay homage to the likes of Faddis’ Tavern with our hazelnut brown ale.


Six of Twelve IPA

After the Regulator riot in Hillsborough and the Battle of Alamance, Governor William Tryon executed six of twelve captured Regulators in Hillsborough as a warning to those who might continue to fight oppressive taxation.  Our IPA is dedicated to the men who died in support of what some call the first conflict of the American Revolution.

So there they are: our flagships, and the first three beers we’ll produce.  Let us know what you think on facebook or twitter, and stay tuned for a post featuring label designs!

Remembering the Regulators

Before June gets away from us, we thought it worth mentioning that we enjoyed attending (a thunderstorm-shortened) Regulator Day Remembrance on the 19th just down the road from the brewhouse.  It seemed only fitting that we be there.

The Regulator Historic Site in Hillsborough is tucked behind the Orange County Board of Education building on E. King Street.  It commemorates the spot where six Regulators were hanged on June 19, 1771 after the Battle of Alamance at the order of the colonial Governor, William Tryon.

Local Historian Scott Washington recounted some of the history and Mayor Tom Stevens tolled a bell in their memory while a Regulator descendent read the names of those who met a rather gruesome end:  Captain Benjamin Merrill, Captain Messer, Robert Matear, James Pugh, and two whose names are unknown.

Scott Washington speaks at Regulator Remembrance Day
Scott Washington speaks at the June 19, 2015 Regulator Day Remembrance event

Interested in more Regulator history?

You can find a lot of information online – we’d recommend starting here and here.

What’s the connection to beer?

We’re glad you asked.  The Regulators in pre-Revolutionary NC fought for the small farmers’ right to participate fairly in the local economy.  Not only do we support this standard, we believe that products grown by local farms are better for us and our beer.

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