North Carolina-Milk-November 3

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 3

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I did not know that the state beverage of North Carolina is milk. If I had to guess I might have gone with Sweet Tea or Cheerwine. If I had to choose it would have been a craft beer from a brewery in the state.


The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 1987 that made milk the official state beverage.

What make milk a strange choice is the State of North Carolina is not a dominant producer of milk in comparison to the rest of the country. As of 2009, North Carolina ranked 31st in milk production among other states.

The top-producing counties in North Carolina are concentrated in the Piedmont and the western half of the state, with Iredell, Randolph, and Yadkin counties leading the way.  As of 2009, approximately 45,000 milk-producing cows were in North Carolina.



One comment

  1. Heck if there’s an official dirt, why not an official drink? Bit strange though. I would have gone with you on the Cheerwine. Mmmmmmmmm

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