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April 2015

Casks on Fools April 01 2015

23 Breweries and Casks! Portion of the proceeds to bemefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the NC Brewers Guild!

Breweries: Crank Arm, White Street, Lonerider, Lynnwood, Big Boss, Raleigh Brewing, Natty Greene's, Aviator, Fullsteam, Bull City, Deep River, Haw River, Triangle Brewing, Foothills, Fonta Flora, Wicked Weed, Sub Noir, Draft Line, Fortnight, Mystery Brewing, Carolina Brewing, Bombshell, Gizmo Brew Works

When: Wednesday, April 1, 3pm +
Venue: Crank Arm Brewing
Address: 319 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601


Beer Release: Hard Ass Imperial IPA (Collab w/ Ass Clown Brewing April 01 2015

Join Granite Falls Brewing as we *foolishly* kick off NC Beer Month on April 1st with the release of a collaborative brew with our friends at Ass Clown Brewing Company of Cornelius, NC!

We couldn't be more excited to showcase this beer! The Hard Ass Orange Chocolate Imperial IPA will be going on tap at both tasting rooms (GFB and Ass Clown) on Wednesday, April 1st.

Here at GFB we will have live music (TBD) that evening beginning at 7pm.

Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00pm in EDT

Granite Falls Brewing Company
47 Duke St, Granite Falls, NC


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Midtown Grille Beer Tasting Dinner featuring Brüeprint Brewing April 01 2015

April is NC Beer Month and what better way to enjoy beer than with food! Join us as we kick off the month with a tasting dinner paired with beer from our friends at Brüeprint Brewing Company!

Five course dinner paired with a selection of six Brüeprint beers.

$50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Midtown Grille
4421-115 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC


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Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event April 02 2015

Join Our State as we kick off North Carolina Beer Month on April 2, 2015 with our Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill. Our State editor in chief Elizabeth Hudson will host an evening event featuring Erik Lars Myers, the author of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, and five of North Carolina’s most celebrated brewers for a dynamic conversation about the craft brewery movement, their career successes and challenges, and what delights their taste buds.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP reception from 5-6 p.m. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with the brewers before the panel discussion and tasting, sip on brewtails and snack on passed hors d’oeuvres as you learn about Top of the Hill’s Cask program in a discussion led by Top of the Hill Brewery co-head brewers Chris Atkins and Aaron Carracci. This exclusive Our State event features:

5–6 p.m. | VIP Reception
VIP Tickets: $70
VIP ticket holders will enjoy a meet-and-greet with the brewers featuring Top of the Hill brewtails along with a Top of the Hill Cask program discussion led by head brewer Chris Atkins.

6–9 p.m. | General Admission Panel and Tasting
General Admission Tickets: $55
Graduate Student Tickets: $45

Featuring:
Chris Atkins & Aaron Carracci - Top of the Hill Brewery, Co-Head Brewer
Josh Brewer - Mother Earth Brewing, Head Brewer
Chad Henderson - NoDa Brewing Company, Head Brewer
Robert McInerny - Big Boss Brewing Company, Head Brewer
Leah Wong Ashburn - Highland Brewing Company, President
Erik Lars Myers - Mystery Brewing Company, Founder/Head Brewer

General admission begins at 6 p.m. Grab a beer to enjoy during the Our State-led craft brewery panel discussion. Following the panel, guests will have the chance to socialize as they enjoy a casual beer tasting from the breweries. Each beer will be paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres that complement the flavors in the beer. All attendees will also take home a souvenir beer tasting glass. Purchase tickets online at ourstate.com/events. Space is limited to 150 people, so sign up today!


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A Duck-Rabbit Spring Revelry April 04 2015

Join us on Saturday, April 4th, from 3:00-8:00 pm at The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery to celebrate the dark-beer side of NC Beer Month!  We'll have completed our most recent expansion, so it's high time for some revelry.

Highlights:

  • An assortment of dark and delicious Duck-Rabbit beers to imbibe!
  • Eat Roadkill Food Truck serving classic American food with a gourmet twist!
  • Live music (details TBA)
  • Tours featuring the recent expansion
  • Games, picnic space, and a cornhole tournament with prizes!

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Cameron Bar and Grill “Hop” Into Spring April 07 2015

Consumers continue to lift their glasses to all things beer, and restaurants like Cameron Bar and Grill are tapping into the trend. To kick off North Carolina Beer Month, the “Hop” into Spring dinner will include a four-course beer-inspired meal with beer pairings from Deep River Brewing . Using locally sourced ingredients from N.C. farms, guests will enjoy dishes such as Harker Island Oysters Rockefeller, Deep River Mushroom Brown Ale Coq Au Vin Chicken and Deep River 40/42 Stout Brownie a la Mode.

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Zinda Taste of Thai April 08 2015

Ever wanted to take a trip to Thailand? Now’s your chance- sort of. Join Zinda as they prepare a five-course menu that will take you on an authentic culinary adventure through Thailand, exploring rich ingredients and new tastes. Menu items include crispy pork side marinated pork belly, Kaeng Masaman (Muslim Curry), Tom Kai Gai coconut chicken soup and crispy rice noodles with shrimp. To help take down the spice, guest can enjoy beer pairing from Bombshell Brewery.

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Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill Beer Dinner featuring Mother Earth April 09 2015
Chef Janice Castle has created 4 comfort-food inspired dishes to pair with 4 different beers crafted by Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC. First Course Bacon Wrapped Scallop and Grilled Shrimp Weeping Willow Wit Second Course Beer Cheese Soup featuring Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Stout Sisters of the Moon IPA Third Course Cowboy Cup w/ Jalapeño Hushpuppies - Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese and Coleslaw Endless River Kolsch Fourth Course Peanut Butter Pie Dark Cloud Dunkel $43/person includes Tax and Gratuity Contact Shawn to reserve your seat - seating is limited! shawn@shuckersgrill.com or call 919-453-1593 DON'T MISS IT! Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill 510 Glenwood Ave Suite 100, Raleigh, NC

Moo and Brew Fest April 11 2015
Moo & Brew will offer samplings from 40 breweries, as well as tastes from local restaurants vying for the title of "Creative Loafing’s Best Burger."

What better way to spend a beautiful spring Carolina day than sampling GREAT CRAFT BEER, DELICIOUS BURGERS AND GREAT MUSIC?

Creative Loafing's Craft Beer & Burger Festival benefits Second Harvest Food Bank.

Entry
12:30 - 2:00 PM - VIP Admission
2:00 - 6:00 PM - General Admission

Entertainment
2:00 - 3:30 PM - Ancient Cities
3:30 - 5:00 PM - DJ Overcash
5:00 - 6:15 PM - Langhorne Slim

Get your tickets HERE

NC Music Factory
1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28206

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The World Beer Festival - Raleigh April 11 2015

Moore Square Park, Downtown Raleigh

A chance to sample from over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world.

PURCHASE TICKETS

2 SESSIONS: 12-4PM & 6-10PM

General Admission: $50

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4oz tastings from over 250 of the finest beers
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

VIP Admission: $100

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4oz tastings from over 250 of the finest beers
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
  • Enjoy a private lounge complete with private bathrooms, food and live music
  • 3 issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine


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The Return of the Sip-n-Stroll April 11 2015

Downtown Greensboro’s Most Popular Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

The event is presented by the Greensboro Downtown Residents’ Association and will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1-5 PM followed by an after party concert by Empty Pocket from 5-7 PM at The Railyard.

The annual Sip-n-Stroll is one of Greensboro’s most anticipated events that draws local residents and visitors alike. Participating locations include The Worx, Spice Cantina, Gibb’s Hundred, Mellow Mushroom, Liberty Oak, Beer Co., Crafted: The Art of the Taco, Crafted: The Art of the ?, Zeto Wines, Cafe Europa, Stumble Stilskins, and Scuppernong Books. Discounted appetizer and drink specials will be available during the day of the event.

Tickets are $30 through March 28, $35 from March 29 to April 10 and $40 on April 11. Ticket price includes a souvenir event glass, tastings of wine or beer from each participating location and admission to the after party concert.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.greensborodra.org. All funds raised are donated to public works projects in order to improve Downtown Greensboro and make it a better place for all to enjoy now and in the future.


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Ruckus Brew Fest - Asheville Comes East April 11 2015

The second event in an ongoing series of rotating brew fests every 6 weeks during the warm weather months. This one is celebrating NC Beer Month - specifically brews from western NC. We will be pouring liquid from a dozen Asheville based breweries and a half dozen or so from the Triangle.  The day will feature live music from some great local bands, cornhole, kids activities, a live brewing demonstration from Kyle Delpiano, plenty of food from Ruckus and other area restaurants and most importantly – beer.

Breweries; Asheville Brewing, Deep River Brewing, Double Barley Brewing, Fonta Flora Brewery, Foothills Brewing, Highland Brewing, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Hi-Wire Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, Wicked Weed Brewing

Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits
8111-208 Tryon Woods Dr
Cary, NC 27518

Saturday April 11th 2pm-6pm


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Mura Wine VS. Sake April 13 2015

Think sake is a spirit or a kind of wine? Think it has to be drunk warm? Think again! Mura ’s spring dinner will debunk the myths around sake with the help of Mutual Distributing Company Sake Sommelier, Sara Guterbock, and Winebow Imports Fine Wine Manager, Clint Harris. The dinner will include five courses, each paired with a sake and wine, allowing guests to choose which goes best with each course. To add another twist to the event, Mura will be using their fresh-made wasabi relish (not the green paste ball you’re used to seeing) and wasabi root, a rare Asian specialty, throughout many of the courses.

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Sip and Sleuth: Detect Beer Off Flavors at Foothills Brewing April 13 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Any notes of butter or bananas? Wet basement or pennies? Does the beer taste leathery or stale, oily or rancid? Buttery notes are called diacetyl, banana is isoamyl acetate, wet basement is musty and pennies is metallic. There are 32 different off flavors. These off flavors may be common in beer but when present imply something went wrong in the brewing or stoarge of the beer. This event will make you a more sophisticated beer drinker while having fun. Trained beer tasters will lead you and your friends through 24 different flavors. You will also taste 5 different Foothills Beers and together, with your brewing expert, describe the flavors and aromas in each.

The format of this event is seated. You will not be moving from table to table like other Geeks-N-Taps events. The seating is limited.

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Foothills Brewing
638 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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The Battle of the Brews April 18 2015
The Battle of the Brews is the ONLY BREWERY EVENT where people not only taste, but get to cast votes on their favorite beer in Charlotte. The winning Brewery will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the highly coveted Battle of the Brews title belt! Most importantly, ALL proceeds from the Battle of the Brews will go to charity. As with all 704 Projects, the goal of the event is to have a fun competition and support a local charity at the same time. The Battle of the Brews event will also include Bands, Food Trucks, Local Artists and Exhibitors. Learn more on charlottebattleofthebrews.com.

The 704 Project is a non profit organization in the Charlotte area of young business leaders who donate their time to raise funds and awareness for local charities; all while having a great time!

The home of “Food Truck Friday” will be easy to find on April 18th for the Charlotte Battle of the Brews. Make sure to buy your tickets early before the event sells out!

E Park Ave & Camden Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203


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Three Eagles Beer Festival April 18 2015

Sponsored by the Three Eagles Rotary Club. Regional craft breweries and live music!

Saturday, April 18th
109 E. Ash Street, downtown Goldsboro, The Old Fire Station

General Admission $35 - 2pm - 6pm
VIP $50 - 1pm - 6pm

Breweries Include:
Aviator Brewing Company
Lonerider Brewing Company
Triangle Brewing Company
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Carolina Brewing Company

For tickets, contact:
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation 919-735-4959
The Arts Council of Wayne County 919-736-3300
The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce 919-734-2241

Entertainment provided by the Little German Band and Dancers – prosit.
Food trucks: Eat Roadkill and We Bea Grillin’ Eastern NC Bar-B-Q

In addition to the craft breweries, home brewers will be offering samples of their unique beers.


Beer Me Brewfest April 19 2015

We'd like to invite YOU to come experience local craft and regional craft beers on National Beer Day.
You'll have the opportunity to sample craft beers from local and regional brewers while experiencing local entertainment, participating in fun activities and celebrating the start of Spring. And all for a good cause! Join our Charlotte NC Beer Festival.

Net proceeds go to Habitat Charlotte and sponsored by Scarlett Properties, RockHouse Events, SportsLink, Yelp, Great Eats & Meats

General Admission - $20 Before March 31

Limited VIP Tickets - $35

WHAT YOU GET

GENERAL ADMISSION
Entry into the Brewfest (1:30-5:30)
4 Hours of sampling
A commemorative tasting glass
Live Music & Entertainment
Games & Activities
Chance to vote best beer of the Charlotte Beer Me Brewfest

VIP
General Admission +
Exclusive Early Entry into the Brewfest (12:30pm)
5 Hours of sampling
$5 Food Voucher
VIP/Bonus votes for best beer

Location: All American Pub Parking Lot (beside Amos' Southend)
1441 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC


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Strange Cargo! An Evening of Barrel Aged Beers April 22 2015

Big Boss Brewing is offering a unique showcase of beers for North Carolina Beer month! A one night opportunity to sample several of our Strange Cargo series, barrel aged beers in one place.  Bourbon, wine, tequila and brandy barrel aged brews from the wall of oak barrels and the first offering from our foudres. A low ticket price of $15 will give you access to this event with many of these beers being final offerings at the brewery.

Since releasing our first sour ale in 2009 the popularity of the style has soared.  We slowly built up our barrel inventory and secured two Italian made oak foudres.  Strange Cargo represents the brand family of Big Boss wood aged beers!  One of the featured beers will be Saints & Sinners:  Aged in oak foeders for six months, S&S is a Flanders inspired ale that captures a refreshing fruit and oak qualities of the vessel. Brewed with corn from Yates Mill, one of the oldest working stone mills in the country (established around 1756) is right here in Raleigh.

Event will be held at:
Big Boss Brewing
1249 Wicker Drive
Raleigh NC, 27604

supply. Limited tickets. 4 ounce samples will be served.

Tickets available at:
http://bigbossbrewing.bigcartel.com/product/an-evening-of-strange-cargo
http://bigbossbrewing.com


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Grand Taste Experience at Durham Armory April 23 2015

Expect to be “Thanksgiving full,” as one patron described it last year, at the Grand Taste Experience! You’ll spend the evening savoring dishes created by 20 of the best chefs in the region! Meet local beverage makers producing your favorite beer, soda, coffee, and spirits. You are sure to try something new. And, we’ve rounded up our chef’s favorite distributors to bring you wine from around the world and educate your palate! If that wasn’t enough, you’ll see live music and have the opportunity to mingle with culinary enthusiasts.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The Durham branch serves over 96,000 individuals who are at risk for hunger; about one-third of those are children.

In 2014, Taste the Event fed over 17,000 hungry people in our community. In 2015, we want to do more!

April 23, 2015 6:30pm-until...

The Armory
220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701


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Hickory Hops April 25 2015
Featuring the hand-crafted beers of more than 50 local microbreweries in the Southeast. We offer plenty for everyone, from inexperienced beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans anxious for something unusual. Come see who claims the title of Carolinas Championship of Beers.

Olde Hickory Station in Downtown Hickory - Hickory, NC 28602
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Taste the Event: Burger Smashdown at Fullsteam April 25 2015

Join burger chefs from Mattie B’s Public House, Tyler’s Taproom, Al’s Burger Shack, Buns and Only Burger as they create one of their favorite burger and side duos for you to eat and vote on. Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam will personally pair his flavorful beers with each burger/side combo (two-ounce pours for each burger). Plus live music and darts, ping pong and games that you always love at Fullsteam.

This is a family-friendly event. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The Durham branch serves over 96,000 individuals who are at risk for hunger; about one-third of those are children.

In 2014, Taste the Event fed over 17,000 hungry people in our community. In 2015, we want to do more! Saturday April 25, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC


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Brewgaloo 2015 April 25 2015

Brewgaloo, presented by Shop Local Raleigh, is the largest North Carolina craft beer festival featuring NC Beer, food trucks, live music and the best of local. Held the last weekend of April in Downtown Raleigh. Beer is sampled by the pint or the pour. Features something for everyone and purchases every keg tapped in an effort to support all NC brewers.

You can purchase 5 beer tokens for $25 or Taster Cards with 5- 3 oz. pours for $5.

Beer is sold by the pint or as a tasting size, 3 oz. pour
Pint of beer= 1 token
3 oz. pour= taster card that allows up to 5 tastes- 1 token
Unbreakable pint glass= Free with Valid ID
NO Cover charge!!!!

Support your local economy, local beer + food vendors and come out for a great cause!

And, please thank our great sponsors!

April 25, 2015 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
City Plaza

400 Fayetteville St,Raleigh NC


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Pig Fest 2015 at Natty Greene's Brewing Co. April 25 2015

Teaming up with Neese's Sausage, Natty Greene's brings you Pig Fest 2015 with proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Pig Fest 2015 will be three hours of all-you-can-eat homegrown pork products featured through four unique Pig Stations.The four different stations (Savory, East vs. West BBQ, Traditional NC, and Ribtastic) will allow guests to try every part of the pig, from snout to tail.

Natty Greene's brewers will also offer food & beer pairings, exclusive samplings from their Silo Series, and of course $4 pints in swanky Pig Fest commemorative cups!

Boot stomping live music will be playing throughout the event. The day will finish off with a Sooie Contest, where the winner will go home with a Natty Greene's Pig Fest 2015 commemorative package.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Bunker at Natty Greene's Brewing Co.
1918 W Lee St
Greensboro, NC 27403


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Stinky Genes - Does your DNA impact your taste in beer at Flytrap Brewing April 26 2015

Ever wonder why some people love IPAs and other people hate them? Our genes or DNA influence what we can smell and taste. Join local scientists and find out if you can taste bitter compounds, smell aromas found in beer, how many taste buds you have and isolate DNA from strawberries. Take a flavor trip where lemons taste like lemonade and cream cheese tastes like cheese cake. Meet Flytrap's brewer and learn all about how they create novel flavors in their small batch brews. The format is like speed dating where you move from table to table and engage in activities and conversation with scientists and other patrons all while drinking beer. This event is more about science and is not a beer festival. Each ticket includes 5 tastings of Flytrap's great brews.

There are two entry times and admission for each is limited to minimize lines for activities. The first entry time is at 1:00 pm and the second is at 3:00 pm. You do not need to arrive exactly at the entry time because you will be moving from table to table at your own pace. You can come anytime and have a beer at the bar and stay as late as you like.

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Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


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Stinky Genes - Does your DNA impact your taste in beer at Pig Pounder Brewery April 26 2015

Ever wonder why some people love IPAs and other people hate them? Our genes or DNA influence what we can smell and taste. Join local scientists and find out if you can taste bitter compounds, smell aromas found in beer, how many taste buds you have and isolate DNA from strawberries. Take a flavor trip where lemons taste like lemonade and cream cheese tastes like cheese cake. Meet Pig Pounder's brewers and learn all about how they create novel flavors in their small batch brews. The event format is like speed dating, you will move from table to table and engage in activities and conversations with scientists and other patrons, all while drinking some beer and having fun. The tickets include 5 tastes of Pig Pounder's great brews but this event is more about science and not a beer festival.

There are two entry times and admission for each is limited to minimize lines for activities. The first session is from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and the second is from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to arrive exactly at 6:00 pm as you move from table to table at your own pace. You can come anytime and have a beer at the bar and stay as late as you like.

PURCHASE TICKETS

The Pig Pounder Brewery
1107 Grecade Street
Greensboro, NC 27408


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