CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Ethan Butler as the creator of the app. Butler was a developer on a team working with Our State magazine. The story has been updated to reflect this. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Spend one Wednesday at He’s Not’s pint night, and you’ll see how people at UNC love their beer — Roy Cooper, UNC alum, recently declared April North Carolina Beer Month. School of Media and Journalism adjunct professor and UNC alum Ethan Butler took it to the next level, working with a team to develop an app dedicated to NC beer, aptly called BEER NC.
Staff writer Karyn Hladik-Brown spoke to Butler about creating the app, the importance of beer in North Carolina and how he developed a love for the drink.
The Daily Tar Heel: How did the idea for this app come about, and how did you get involved?
Ethan Butler: The app itself is put out by Our State Magazine with a sponsorship from Great Outdoor Provision Co. What the team at Our State wanted to do was create a way for people to learn more about the growing craft beer scene in North Carolina. Especially in the past year, it’s really blown up to the point where even small towns have multiple breweries.
And so the app itself is just a way for people to learn what’s nearby and to get recommendations and to put their own voice out there.
DTH: Can you explain how the app works?