I was in the south - specifically South Carolina. When I was last in that foreign country south of the Mason-Dixon, about 7 years ago or so, the South was, to say the least, a vast wasteland of craft beer. Abita and Sweetwater were about it for generally available craft beer. Heck, until about 2006 or so, I thought that Yuengling was a southern brewery because it was, in many cases, the only non-macro beer you could find there.
That has changed drastically. Asheville, North Carolina was named America's best beer town in 2010. [ed note: Portland, OR ran a close second but, frankly, having been to both Portland and Asheville in the last year, I think Madison is right up there - we just don't feel the need to brag about it.] South Carolina itself has three breweries, two of which have opened in the past few years: Palmetto, Coast, and Westbrook. Westbrook is the newest of the three and Coast was started up by an ex-Assistant Brewer at Palmetto. Palmetto is sort of the "grandfather" of the bunch having started all the way back in 1994. All three make great beer.
Asheville's brewing culture has exerted itself on the rest of the south as well. Duck Rabbit, Highland, and French Broad all have high availability throughout the coastal south.
Charleston, SC is also a hotbed of craft beer in the south. All of the SC breweries are based there. Charleston Beer Exchange is, I kid you not, one of the best craft beer stores I've had the pleasure to step foot in. Tucked into a small storefront in the touristy area of historical Charleston, the place is chock-full of craft beer from all over the world - with bottle selections from breweries that are simply not available in the vast majority of "better" retailers. The wonderfully named "Closed for Business" beer bar was like stepping into a food-serving version of The Malt House with great, rare and excellent, beer from all over the country.
So, fear not. Or, maybe fear indeed, the South. Craft beer is making in-roads that even 5 years ago seemed almost impossible. While we (I) may have had this vision of the south as Budweiser-swilling NASCAR lovers, the reality is that much of the gains being made by craft beer are being made in the South.