Deborah Sperati

My name is Deborah and I’m a craft beer convert. Wine and food have held a place in my heart for years. I studied both voraciously, reading and absorbing (literally), even completing the Level 1 course certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

I’ve always enjoyed beer, particularly craft brew, but it was not my passion until I began tasting the amazing beers coming across the State of North Carolina. These were beers with a sense of place, a place that I know, demonstrating artistry, ingenuity, optimism, and boundless creativity. I grew up on a farm in Greenville, NC, and take great pride in eastern North Carolina. Witnessing the success of new craft brewers in the region has been an inspiration. We can grow things here, and we will.

My husband Matt and I moved to Rocky Mount 15 years ago and have practiced law here ever since. I am a partner in the Financial Services section of my law firm, Poyner Spruill LLP. I am also the practice group chair for our firm’s Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Law Group. When we are not practicing law or building a brewery, we focus on friends, family, our adorable dog Amos, and seizing every possible travel opportunity.