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July 2015

Appalachian State University 2015 Brewing Short Course (5-day) Jul 06 2015

The Fermentation Sciences program at Appalachian State University will offer a 5-day brewing short course in July 2015 intended for those working within the brewing industry or the advanced home brewer.

Course material is intended to provide the participant with information relevant to testing modules offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) while engaging in thorough discussions around standard brewery operations. Participants will spend each morning in classroom discussions followed by an introduction to production-level sensory analysis. Afternoons will include hands-on coverage of laboratory skills and analysis, finishing the day with sensory sessions based on both major and obscure beer styles from around the world.

There will be hands-on brewing activities focused on recipe development and process control / monitoring. Laboratory sessions are hands-on and intended to provide training as well as an introduction to equipment and basic laboratory setup for a small- to medium-sized brewery.

All course material will be made available in digital format for attendees.

Cost: $1,620 early registration, $1,800 full-cost registration; includes lunch each day.

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Raleigh Brewing Company's NeighBREWhood Party Jul 11 2015

Saturday July 11th from 12-12 at Raleigh Brewing. The party is to officially announce our most popular Summer Seasonal: Dear Ol' Dixie! We will have live bluegrass music, 3 food trucks, giveaways & other activities! All beer enthusiasts and bluegrass lovers welcomed!

Raleigh Brewing Company
3709 Neil St, Raleigh, NC

Loot for Ladybug at Fortnight Brewing Jul 12 2015

Little Miss Ladybug was attacked by her previous owners bigger dog and sustained a broken leg and a big gash on her neck. She had a very expensive surgery on 6/30. The good people at Fortnight Brewing took one look at her and happily agreed to partner with TBR to help raise money for this 7 week old 2 pound beagle baby!

Please join us Sunday July 12th from 1-4 PM at Fortnight Brewing to raise Loot for Ladybug!

Fortnight Brewing
1006 SW Maynard Rd, Cary, NC

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Thirsty Monk presents Sour Fest at Biltmore Park Jul 16 2015

Pucker up! Sour Fest is a celebration tap takeover of sour beers at Biltmore Park, Thursday July 16, 2015.

July 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park
2 Town Square Boulevard #170
Asheville, NC 28803
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Thirsty Monk presents Sour Fest at Reynolds Village Jul 16 2015

Pucker up! Sour Fest is a celebration tap takeover of sour beers at Reynolds Village, Thursday July 16, 2015.

July 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Thirsty Monk Reynolds Village
51 North Merrimon Avenue #113
Woodfin, NC 28804

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Oskar Blues presents Burning CAN North Carolina Jul 17 2015

Burning CAN North Carolina celebrates canned craft beer in all it’s glory. Cans of craft beer were meant to be brought along and cracked open wherever you needed them – at a music festival, after a killer ride, on an epic paddle trip, or camping in the backcountry. Burning CAN NC condenses what’s best about the craft can lifestyle into a multi-day, outdoor festival with nationally touring bands, 50+ of the best canning breweries from around the country, camping, a Beer Relay competitive trail run, paddle trips, group rides, and a premier dirt-jumping competition.

If tickets are still available on the day of Burning CAN, each of the following tickets will be available for $15 more than the listed price. We expect this event to sell out. Buy tickets NOW.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET – $50 – admission to the REEB Ranch on Saturday, 7/18 including:
Burning Can Beer Festival sampling
Outlaws of Dirt dirt jump competition
Concert with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Rebirth Brass Band, Jarekus Singleton, and Travers Brothership.
CAMPING TICKET – $60 – includes all of the above and two nights (7/17 & 7/18) of camping at the REEB Ranch

VIP TICKET – $150 – includes all of the above and:
priority camping Friday (7/17) and Saturday (7/18) – keep your car at your campsite!
entry into VIP Brewer’s party on Friday (7/17), BBQ dinner and beer included.
VIP Experience on Saturday with an Oskar Blues brewer including making your own cask beer, touring Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, and an exclusive tasting

DESIGNATED DRIVER/UNDER-21 TICKET- $25 – entry to the venue, will not be able to drink any alcohol at any point during the festival

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11th Annual Summertime Brews Festival Jul 18 2015
We are proud to bring you the 11th Annual Summertime Brews Festival at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Saturday, July 18, 2014 from 2:30pm – 8pm.

Serious beer connoisseur's can enjoy the first samples of the frosty brews during the VIP Brewmaster Tasting beginning at 2:30pm.

All those who, while you appreciate the wonderful craftsmanship of the beers, are less interested measured analytical sips and would rather jump right in to experience as many of the three hundred beers as responsibly possible, may crash the gates starting at 4pm.

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Funk Asheville Sour Beer Festival Jul 18 2015

Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates present the 2nd Annual Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild and Sour Beers. The Festival is SOLD OUT.

Last year’s event was a phenomenal success, and one of the highlights of the 2014 Asheville Beer Week Festivities, and this year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and a whole lot Funkier.  Head Blender at Wicked Weed Brewing, Walt Dickinson says they want the event “to be a voice moving the conversation about sour beer forward in the Southeast. Funk Asheville’s goal is to bring breweries, who are dedicated to the craft of sour beer from all across the country into our own back yard to showcase the full potential of American barrel-aged sour and wild ales.”

Funk Asheville begins at 7pm, with a 6pm entry for VIP ticket holders. The event will take place in the wooded outdoor space at Wicked Weed’s new production brewery in Candler, NC, just a few miles from the original Wicked Weed Brew Pub and Funkatorium. General admission tickets are $80 (plus fees and NC tax) and VIP tickets are $100 (plus service fees and NC tax). VIP tickets offer early entry with no lines, a collaborative food and sour pairing from Chef Terry of Wrecking Bar and Chef Cardiff of Wicked Weed, the ability to talk one on one with brewers, and free entry into a drawing for a nine night tour to Prague, Bamberg, Cologne and Brussels.

ChickenwireNC Annual Tasting Picnic Jul 19 2015

Join us on Sunday, July 19, between 3-6p.m. as we showcase the best local products in the hands of the area's most creative Chefs! Enjoy unlimited tasting portions and drinks, while you get to mingle with fellow guests, plus meet and chat with Artisans and Chefs! Check out the  Chefs outside of their restaurant environs and see the comraderie and hijinks in action!

Some of our Artisans will have products at hand for purchase, so, you can shop while you eat/drink. All of life's greatest pleasures, all at once!

Breweries to check out!
Fullsteam Brewery, Durham
Brueprint Brewing Co., Apex
Bombshell Brewing, Holly Springs
Raleigh Brewing, Raleigh

General admission tickets are $85.
There are a limited number of VIP tickets ($100) which come with:
- entry at 2pm, an hour ahead of General Admission. Avoid the lines and get first everything!
- opportunity to meet and chat with the Chefs and Artisans
- a commemorative gift

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Nu Blu at the NC Zoo Jul 25 2015

Nu Blu at the NC Zoo featuring Nu Blu Bluegrass Band and Unknown Brewing of Charlotte, Four Saints Craft Brewing of Asheboro, Steel String of Carrboro, Bold Rock Hard Cider of Asheville

Nu-Blu Bluegrass Band has teamed up with the NC Zoo for a one of a kind experience. Join us on July 25th. for a special concert at the NC Zoo Amphitheater. Each ticket purchase will offer you a chance to win an all expense paid VIP tour of the NC Zoo with Nu-Blu!! CLICK HERE for more info and to get your tickets!

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Ale Share Beer Fest Jul 26 2015

Join Highland Brewing’s 1st annual beer festival where 100% of ticket-sale net proceeds will go to fund the Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation. This is the same weekend that Bele Chere used to be heldand Highland plans on holding this beer festival on this Saturday each year in support of local community. We will have great local/regional music and food trucks.

We ask that each brewery showcases 1 year-round beer, 1 seasonal beer and 1 specialty beer.

Saturday, July 26th 2-6pm (VIP only from 1-2pm)

The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

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BLT Steak Charlotte Craft Dinner Series featuring The Unknown Brewing Co. Jul 31 2015
The July installment is quickly approaching on Friday, July 31 and Chef Ben Miles has created a four-course prix fixe menu of BLT Steak flavors, paired perfectly with beers from The Unknown Brewing Co. The night is an interactive experience where guests will be able to engage with Chef Miles and the expert beverage craftsmen, who will be on hand to share insider knowledge. It starts at 7PM and the menu is attached for you and your readers take a look at. The dinners aim to highlight the best of Charlotte’s thriving and ever growing craft beer scene! Guests interested in attending can purchase tickets at

BLT Steak
110 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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