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March 2015

5th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festival March 07 2015
Join us for the 5th Annual Cape Fear Beer Festival in historic downtown Wilmington North Carolina. We're gearing up for a great beer fest that will feature over 100 great American and International Beers, Ciders and a few Wines. Enjoy unlimited sampling on this epic day of beer. Plenty of food options on site for purchase.

The Cape Fear Beer Festival is a true beer tasting (and wine) event featuring a wide variety of beer styles from the most creative brew masters in the world. We'll be pouring their tasty creations inside the newly constructed Wilmington Convention Center along the scenic Cape Fear River.

Saturday March 7, 2015
VIP Admission -12 PM
General Admission - 1-5 PM

Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Parking Available on Site

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$40 in Advance
$50 VIP - 12 PM Admission
$50 Day of Beer Festival

21 or older to attend. Attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants or strollers are permitted.

The CFBF will offer Unlimited Tasting of top quality beers made by the world's most enthusiastic and enterprising brew masters served right here in North Carolina. Tasting, sampling and education is at the core of the CFBF experience. Responsible and educated consumption and admiration for the art of brewing is what the Cape Fear Beer Festival is all about. Join us for a one great Wilmington NC Beer Fest.

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Olde Hickory Brewery Omega Point Release March 07 2015

Omega Point - the beer that fans were beginning to believe a myth. Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for as long as 7 years with the vinatages then blended together by our master brewer Steven Lyerly. Fans heard rumors months and months ago, and have been waiting ever since. Now the release date has finally been announced!

Sat. March 7th, 2015. Olde Hickory Brewery (2 Third Street SW, Hickory, 28602)

Please note this is a cash only sale. And everyone, and we mean everyone, will have their ID checked. So don't forget to bring it.

Doors will open at 9am. The Olde Hickory Station restaurant is within sight of the brewery and opens at 7am for breakfast. A great place to start the day if you need to recover from the night before (see below) or head over for lunch after the release. Line will form in the brewery parking lot. First come, first serve, with a maximum of 12 bottles per person. The 22oz bottles will be $20 each. You'll also have the option to purchase an Omega Point glass (while supplies last)!

And what awesome brewery release would be complete without an equally amazing gathering the night before? So the brewery will be hosting a reception the night before (the 6th) from 6-9pm. Check out the barrels, our new tanks, and the rest and have a great time! The Olde Hickory Station, with its 50 tap bar, and the Olde Hickory Tap Room are within easy walking distance of the brewery for further jollity that evening. And if you are (wisely) staying in a hotel we'll be running a free bus service in a loop from downtown to a group of hotels off of I-40 exit 125, from 5pm until midnight Friday night.

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Taste the Event: BBQ, Beer and Bus Tour March 07 2015

Saturday March 07, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Grab a seat on a Greenway bus and enjoy grub from three barbecue spots, each paired with local brews. All About Beer‘s Publisher, Daniel Bradford, will lead the crew to educate you about the local beer scene.

Stop #1: Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, where you’ll sample their beers and food from Hillsborough BBQ Company.

Stop #2: The Original Q Shack, where beer from Top of the Hill will be waiting.

Stop #3: The Pit barbecue pairs nicely with Steel String Brewery beer. At this final stop, a bluegrass band will perform!

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!

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Oysters and Beer at Carolina Brewery March 07 2015

Join us for an afternoon of delicious oysters and Carolina Brewery beer! Meet the Brew Master and our friends from Shooting Point Oyster Company as we explore the art of pairing beer with oysters.

$35 per person. Ticket includes a Carolina Brewery 20th Anniversary pint glass and beer and oyster pairings. Light hors d'ouevres will also be provided. Limited spots available, purchase your tickets today!

Saturday, March 7th - 3pm - 5pm

Chapel Hill
Sunday, March 8th - 3pm - 5pm

Raleigh Brewing Company 2nd Anniversary Party March 07 2015

Raleigh Brewing Company will toast this year’s success by releasing three small batch specialty beers, including the tap room favorite – Stormy Wolf American Amber ale. Musical performances from The Hey Brothers, Cosmic Superheroes, and Gary Mitchell will take place from 2pm to 10pm. Philly’s Cheesesteaks and Dump Pho King Truck will be parked out front and available beginning at 2pm. Raleigh Brewing Company will be providing complimentary cupcakes from Iced Cupcakes from 4 to 8pm.

Raleigh Brewing Company and Atlantic Brew Supply are located at 3709 Neil Street in Raleigh, NC

Beertopia - A Festive Utopia of Beer March 07 2015
Beertopia is in its seventh year! It is always held the Saturday before Saint Patrick's Day weekend in March from 2-6pm. It is held in the parking lot behind grapevine, located at 1012 Market Street in Fort Mill, 5 miles south of Charlotte just off of I-77 exit 85 in Baxter Village. We know this isn't in North Carolina but it's just minutes over the border and our favorite breweries in Charlotte will be there!!

Each Beertopian who holds either a Green VIP or General Admission ticket will receive a collectible Beertopia tasting glass and full access to sampling 150+ craft beers represented by at least 50 different brewers. Green VIPs will have first access to selected rare beers when they are admitted at 1pm. All ticket holders will enjoy U-Phonik live, vendor access and ability to purchase wine and beer by the glass inside grapevine.

Since the parking lot has limited space, all ticket sales will stop when the allotted number of tickets are sold. We recommend that you purchase your tickets early; Beertopia SOLD OUT the last four years. You MUST have a PRINTED ticket, valid photo ID and be 21 years of age or older to enter the festival -- NO EXCEPTIONS

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3rd Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience March 08 2015
Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday, March 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

DPAC, Sam's Quik Shop, together with Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom Taproom founded the Inaugural Bull City Food & Beer Experience to stimulate and educate your palate and mind through pairing of local food showcasing 30 Durham restaurants and unbelievable beer from 30 premier craft / import breweries.

In addition to the food and beer pairings and after rave reviews and grand popularity we are bringing back the Onstage Experience! This year we will focus on North Carolina and its many splendid offerings. As you mingle on stage and experience the DPAC from a grand perspective few get to experience you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of food and drink from local vendors and meet the people behind them.

This four-hour event is designed to stimulate and educate your palate and mind through local food and unbelievable beer against a backdrop of live blue grass music. The Bull City Food & Beer Experience offers guests to sample foods from 30 local restaurants and beers from over 50 local and national breweries. Food will be carefully paired with local North Carolina beers providing both a complementary and contrasting flavor experience, showing the amazing capacity beer has when paired with a wide variety of food. Additionally, there will also be a variety of brews from around the world for guests to sample and enjoy.

Admission into the Bull City Food & Beer Experience includes:

  • Souvenir glass
  • Food sampling from 30 of Durham’s finest restaurants and beer tastings from over 50 breweries
  • Live bluegrass-inspired music by Barefoot Movement

Imperial VIP Ticket Holders will enjoy all of the above plus an exclusive event poster and T-shirt, 30-minute early event access, private access to VIP tasting lounge with private restrooms, VIP Imperial Laminate and specialty spirit, rare beer and wine tastings. Limited Imperial VIP Tickets available.

* All ticket holders must be 21+ years of age and must bring valid photo ID. Event reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.

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Hip Hops at Foothills Brewery March 09 2015

This month is all about Hops.  Geek out with Hop mixology where you can taste individually hopped beers and then create your own hop combination.  Taste the difference between sour and bitter. Learn about the impact of Hops on foam and wee beasties and smell the aromas of Noble, American and European Hops. Talk to a Foothills brewer about the hops they use and meet a local Hop Farmer.  Smell the difference between malt and hops aromas and learn about skunk beer. Walk away with a better understanding of which hops create which aromas and flavors in the beer you drink.

Admission includes 5 tastings (1 to 2 ounces each)

There are two entry times and admission for each is limited to 40 people to minimize lines for activities.  The first entry time is 6:00 pm and the second entry time is 7:15 pm.  If you have a 6:00 entry time and arrive at 6:30 that is fine. You can come anytime and enjoy Foothills great food and craft beers and stay as late as you like.

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

Monday, March 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Foothills "Decade Parade" at the Barley's Taproom & Pizzaria March 11 2015
Foothills Brewing (Winston Salem, NC) will be celebrating their 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY at 12 venues in 12 cities, all across the East Coast. Here's some of what you can look forward to:

6pm - 10pm
Barley's Taproom & Pizzaria
42 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Brawley's Black & Blue VI March 14 2015
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 14th by attending Brawley's Black & Blue VI hosted by Michael Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in conjunction with the Visulite Theater. Event will be held at the Visulite Theatre  from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are already SOLD OUT! It's going to be a night of great beer and great music.

Please don't drink and drive!!! The staff at the Visulite will be more than happy to call you a cab at any time during or after the event!

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919 Beer presents St. Baldrick's at Aviator Brewing Company March 21 2015
Last year, 919 Beer raised over $20k for St. Baldrick's, which we were very proud of for a first-year event. We're hoping for $30k this year!

Be a hero for kids with cancer!

Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Join them this year at Aviator Brewing Company to help raise money for a great cause.

Aviator Brewing Company
209 Technology Park Lane
Fuquay-Varina, NC US

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2nd Annual All Ale to the Queen - Beer Carnival March 28 2015
The 2nd Annual All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival presented by Superfly Fablous Events, will be the 'Official Closer of the Charlotte Craft Beer Week' in 2015. All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival will be held on March 28, 2015 at Amos' Southend in Charlotte.

Once again All Ale to the Queen promises to be a "one of a kind" event and a "must do" for craft beer lovers in the region. All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival takes a different approach by focusing on the unique aspects of beer, with a little WOW factor mixed in.

For those who are lovers of craft beer, All Ale to the Queen brings the Queen's Twin Cloning Challenge, the Joker's Wild Strain Brew Off with honeysuckle, peach and blueberry wildstrains from SouthYeast Labs located in the Carolinas, and a 10 Station Mixology Bar and Mobile Infusers infusing everything from Apple Pie to French Broad Chocolate.

Attendees can expect outrageous fun at this event including music from DJ Allen Rockhouse, amazing aerial performers from Aerial Charlotte, Hula Hooping from the Beer City Hoopers, belly dancers, jugglers, contact ball performers, costumes and more. This is what makes the Beer Carnival a must see. And of course, a Beer Carnival wouldn't be a Beer Carnival without a King and Queen Competition.

The hoopla will surely be a source of laughs and good times, but rest assured, All Ale to the Queen is very serious about beer. In addition to the sampling of dozens of unique and original local and North Carolina brews, this festival will feature several fun ways to enjoy beer and invite the beer community to engage in a little friendly competition, all with the goal of creating awesome beer.

Participants have the opportunity to choose which Grand Tasting they would like to participate in, with either the 1st Session Grand Tasting from 1-4 or the 2nd Session Grand Tasting from 5:30 to 9:30. The festival is only a light rail ride away.

For more information, go to, #AllAle
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Tour De Brew - Raleigh March 28 2015
Tour de Brew events are a way for the beer and cycling communities to come together to help solve a serious world crisis—the lack of clean water. Millions of people around the world spend hours each day walking to fetch unsanitary water.

We can end that walk!

What better way to solve a world crisis than spending a day with friends exploring new breweries, joining one of the bike rides, or just hanging out at the Tour de Brew party?

The Rides
All participants are encouraged to join a fun ride, touring triangle area breweries, and enjoying a beer at each location. All routes will start at Crank Arm, end at Natty Greene’s, and will have a route leader.

Raleigh / Trophy Route
6.2 miles (Crank Arm > Raleigh Brewing > Trophy Brewing > Natty Greene’s)

Big Boss / Nicklepoint Route
8.3 miles (Crank Arm > Big Boss > Nicklepoint > Natty Greene’s)

Tour Like a Dutchman Route
12.2 miles (Crank Arm > Trophy Brewing> Raleigh Brewing > Nicklepoint > Big Boss > Natty Greene’s)

Create your own route – Ride with a group of friends (or new friends!) between any of the 6 participating breweries

The After Party
The main mingling event will take place at Natty Greene’s Pub. The after-party will consist of the following:
• Triangle Tour de Brew Tasting: Free samples of beer from around the Triangle! • Live Music: (Dancing in the parking lot is optional) • Family friendly activities: Bring the kids to enjoy the party at Natty Greene’s • Raffles: Breweries and local businesses are donating fun swag for you to win! • Water Crisis Awareness Station: Come learn about our cause! • MudLOVE product station: Purchase hand-made pottery products that provide clean water in Africa.

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Burley Beers and Barleywines Festival March 28 2015
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild has partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to invite more than 50 breweries to join us at Sierra Nevada’s new brewery in Mills River, NC, for the inaugural Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival. All participating breweries will bring their heartiest brews for you to enjoy. Many of the breweries will be offering their beer for the first time in North Carolina, making this a unique opportunity to taste their brews. We’ll have a bountiful spread of food from our newly opened taproom alongside them.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the interests of craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South with more than 100 breweries and brewpubs. Come raise your goblet to the burly winter ales that warm the soul when the weather chills the bones. We’re toasting the spiced and the barrel-aged, the stouts and the barleywines, and the big-hearted men and women who love them! Cheers!

  • WHEN: March 28, 2015, 12:00- 4:00 pm
  • WHAT: Rare beer, local food, live music, good cause, great times for all
  • WHERE: The front yard of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. at 100 Sierra Nevada Way Mills River, NC 28732

Ticket Options and Pricing
  •  $65.00 Burly Beers & Barleywines Ticket – includes admission, a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited tasting pours from more than 50 breweries, and samplings of local fare from the newly opened Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant
  • $30.00 Designated Driver Ticket – includes admission, a commemorative tasting glass, and samplings of local fare from the newly opened Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant. Your wristband will indicate that no beer is to be served to you.

Burly Beers & Barleywines Festival tickets will be available online ONLY starting February 9, 2015, at 10:00 am. Remember, you must be 21 or older to attend!
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Lonerider Showdown 2015 March 28 2015
Showdown returns to downtown March 28th, 2015. With Skinny Molly as a headlining band we are bound to have some good times.

We are also partnering with Nog Run Club to benefit several local non-profit organizations with this event as we believe in being an integral part of the community.

The event will be held on Blount St Downtown Raleigh, NC. There will be 2 entrances to the event.

So, here is to Good Times & Cowgirls bring those Cowboys along with you.

Tickets go on sale February 6th
General Admission, $20

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Cardinal Directions Beer Festival March 29 2015

The first annual Cardinal Directions Beer Festival will feature 12+ of the most forward thinking and adventurous North Carolina craft breweries. Coinciding with the beginning of spring this years fest will be themed around saisons. We will explore the limits of this style as each brewer adds their unique touch to the traditional Belgian ale. In addition to saisons brewers are asked to bring the beers they are most proud of to share with everyone. The festival is held outside.

Food options will be provided by local food trucks including Belgian Waffology

Tickets : $12 - Commemorative 5oz tasting glass and 5 samples. Additional samples available for $1

Confirmed Breweries Attending:
Twin Leaf(Asheville), Burial(Asheville), Pisgah(Black Mountain), Fonta Flora(Morganton), Haw River Farmhouse Ales(Saxapahaw), Mystery(Hillsborough), Ponysaurus(Durham), Crank Arm(Raleigh), Starpoint (Carrboro)

Steel String Brewery and Beer Study are hosting the festival.

$2 from every ticket sold goes directly to Farmer Foodshare, a great local organization helping put fresh produce in the hands of hungry people. Learn more about Farmer Foodshare by visiting

Steel String Brewery
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Carrboro, NC

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