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'Elevator Queen' and 'Beer Queen': Two NC breweries release Cherie Berry-themed beers

Beaufort-based Mill Whistle Brewing released its Cherry Berry Sour Ale earlier this month. Now, Charlotte-based The Unknown Brewing Company is releasing their own tribute to the 'Elevator Lady'

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cherie Berry fans and North Carolina beer fans... UNITE!

Two NC breweries are paying homage to North Carolina's iconic Commissioner of Labor by releasing brews inspired by the Elevator Queen's name.

Beaufort-based Mill Whistle Brewing released its Cherry Berry Sour Ale earlier this month.

According to Tom Backman from Mill Whistle, in December their team brewed a cherry berry sour beer called Elevator Queen. 

"We aged this beer on cherries for three months," Backman shared.

In March, the brewery was granted state approval on their Cherry Berry sour ale product called "Elevator Queen."

How fitting!

Credit: Tom Backman/Mill Whistle Brewing
Elevator Queen is a cherry berry sour ale by Mill Whistle Brewing in Beaufort.

Elevator Queen was released at Mill Whistle brewing's annual event, Mill Fest.

"Ironically, The Elevator Queen announced her retirement 4 days before our release to the Elevator Queen beer," Backman added.

We confirmed with the Department of Labor that The Unknown Brewing Company in Charlotte is also releasing a Cherie Berry-inspired beer later this month.

On April 12, the brewery posted a sneak peak of the beer's label on Facebook.

Sneak peak of an awesome beer releasing at end of April. Two labels coming out. We've never died in an elevator so we wanted to pay tribute! Made with cherries & berries. If you are from NC you will...

The beer's name -- Elevator Lady, another popular variation of Berry's many nicknames.

The post says the beer is an ale kettle-soured with cherries and berries, of course!

'Elevator Lady' is scheduled to be on tap Tuesday, April 30.

"Keep an eye on our Facebook page for an event," The Unknown Brewing Company told us.


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