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LEWISVILLE--North Carolina wineries are trying to get into the beer business.

There are now about 75 breweries in the Tar Heel state. That is 30 more than last year. Now, a handful of wineries want to break into the brews.

"North Carolina now has 70-something breweries in the state, 117 wineries. They're growing and they're growing everyday," Westbend General Manager Mark Terry added.

That's 30 more breweries than there were last year. Now, Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville is one of only a handful of wineries in the state to try and break into the business.

"We're now Westbend Vineyards and Brewhouse." said Westbend Vineyards Owner Lillian Kroustalis.

It has been just about a year since they have brewed their first beer, and the results so far have been great for all sales.

"We've raised our wine sales about 15 percent,” Terry said.

"When you put beer into your line up it increases your wine sales. It brings a lot of people through your door. Some like beer. Some like wine," Kroustalis said.

Beer and wine have brought in larger groups to the winery.

"I enjoy going out to the patio and finding people have pitchers beer and bottles of wine. They're enjoying both," Terry said.

Enjoying both beer and wine while Westbend Vineyards and Brewhouse enjoys the extra business. Westbend entered its beer in this month's state competition. It hopes to experiment with new beers this year.

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