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October 2014

Brewing Quality in Western North Carolina October 24 2014
Western North Carolina is home to a quickly growing craft beverage industry as well as organizations offering support services for small and large brewers. This event will discuss some of those services, as well as other methods for ensuring quality in your finished product.

Quality control methods covered will introduce a range of techniques, from sensory evaluation to laboratory analysis, so there will be something for brewers at all levels of experience and production.

Eric and Tim from Highland Brewing Company will join us to talk about quality assurance and quality control considerations and challenges from the industry perspective. Highland Brewing Company is Asheville’s first legal brewery since prohibition, and a major player in Asheville’s craft beer scene. Producing 40,000 barrels a year, it has an established an in-house quality control lab and procedures. Eric and Tim will provide an insiders perspective on maintaining quality in the craft beer industry.

After the main event, there will be an optional tour of the educational brewery used by the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast as well as BioNetwork's Natural Products Laboratory.

A-B Tech's BASE
200 Haynes (Large Conference Room)
1459 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715

Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
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Mother Earth Brewing 5 Year Anniversary Party October 25 2014

Celebrate with us ALL DAY LONG on Saturday, October 25th, as Mother Earth Brewing turns FIVE YEARS OLD!

Back in April, we sponsored our first ever Neuse River paddle, a senic canoe and kayak trip down the Neuse River through Kinston to raise money for the Kinston Riverwalk Fund. It was so much fun, we’re doing it again! On the morning of the anniversary party, brewery founders Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring will be guiding a senic, four mile paddle through the heart of Kinston, ending just a few blocks from the brewery. We’ll provide the boats, the equipment, and beers during the paddle; all you need to bring is yourself and a great attitude! You’ll be shuttled from Mother Earth Brewing down to the launch site, and shuttled back to the brewery at the conclusion. You’ll also get to take part in a guided beer tasting at the Mother Earth Tap Room at the conclusion of the tour! The cost to participate is only $25.00, with 100% of the funds raised going to support the Kinston Riverwalk Fund, building over two miles of nature trails along the Neuse River connecting the Kinston Nature Center with the Woodmen Community Center! The paddle will begin at 10am, and conclude around 1pm, just in time for the street festival at Mother Earth Brewing. Space is very limited and will sell out quickly, so contact the brewery today to reserve your spot by calling (252) 208-2437, or emailing

When we opened five years ago, we celebrated with a fantastic set from 90s alternative rockers The Connells, in a show that people have been talking about ever since. So to celebrate this anniversary, we’re bringing The Connells back to Kinston! Formed in Raleigh, NC in 1985, The Connells have released seven full length albums, featuring hits like “74-75,” “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and “Slackjawed.” They’ve toured extensively with acts like Def Leppard and won numerous awards for their 1993 Platinum album “Ring.” We’ll be featuring an afternoon of live music on North St. in front of the brewery headlined by The Connells, with local favorites The Craig Harrison Quartet and J.P. Soars And The Red Hots also playing feature sets. Music starts at 1pm; set times to be announced!

We've released some pretty spectacular beers both as wide releases and as special “Tap Room Only” batches in the last five years, so to celebrate, we’ll be bringing back some greatest hits, as well as introducing some new special brews!

We’ll be open late into the evening, but after the Tap Room closes, come hang out with us across the street at our sister bar, The Red Room, for the official after party! Local favorites The Deluge will take the stage at 10pm and The Red Room will be serving up plenty of delicious Mother Earth brews, as well as wine by the glass and local craft spirits.

Interested in coming down for the party, but concerned about having to drive afterwards? Stay with us in Kinston! The Hampton Inn Kinston Hotel, located just one mile away, is offering a discounted rate for folks attending the anniversary party, and Mother Earth Brewing will be offering FREE shuttle service from the hotel to the brewery and back all day long! The rate will be available for all three nights, Thursday, October 23rd through Saturday, October 25th. Just call the Hampton Inn at (252) 523-1400 and ask for a reservation using the Mother Earth rate. Rooms at this special discounted rate are limited, and are only available until September 23rd, so make your reservation today!

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3rd Annual Osktoberfest - 2014 October 25 2014
The 3rd Annual Osktoberfest is coming to Brevard on October 25 from 6-10pm. Oskar Blues has a special Osktoberfest they will be serving as well as all their other great beers. Come early and enjoy TRANSYLVANIA’S 32ND HALLOWEENFEST!


Bands will be playing through the evening -
6:15 Soldier’s Heart
7:15 The Dead 27’s
9:00 The Broadcast

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Celtober! at Highland Brewing October 25 2014
Location: The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Dates: Sat. 10/25(noon-11:00pm) - Sun. 10/26(noon-5:00pm)
Music Style: Celtic/Rock/Fusion
Food Truck: Appalachian Smoke BBQ

Ticket Information
PREMIUM TICKET: Strictly limited to 250 tickets, admission ALL 3 DAYS, only available by advance sale ... $40
ADVANCE TICKET: Strictly limited to 750 tickets, includes admission Sat. & Sun ... $25
Due to the limited availability of tickets, all sales are final -- no refunds can be issued.
TICKETS AT THE GATE (if available): $25

Highland Brewing
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC

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Homebrew Halloween October 31 2014
Homebrew Tasting Event on Halloween at Sky Lounge (5th floor) of Greenbridge Condominiums at 601 W Rosemary St Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
 6pm-12am Friday October 31st, 2014;

 Costumes: Encouraged; This event is a Halloween party, a charity event, and a homebrew tasting mixed in one awesome night.

Located in the Sky Lounge of Greenbridge Condominiums off of W Franklin St, we come together to drink great beer and raise money for The Pink Fund, a great charity that provides financial aid directly to cancer patients suffering catastrophic financial loss from treatment. Homebrew Halloween starts at 6pm (you can be fashionably late, there will be plenty to go around) until midnight. Costumes are not just recommended, they're required. We're right off of Franklin St and you will want to stroll down with the rest of the costume parade in the evening. We hope to make this an annual celebration so we'll be working extra hard this year to make this event a memorable one. First and foremost, this event is for charity so all proceeds will be donated to The Pink Fund. A ticket will get you entry into the event for all-you-care-to-drink beer, a souvenir tasting glass, and light snacks.

Early bird tickets are $20. Starting October 1st ( if there are tickets left, the price will be $25. At the door (on the off chance we have a few tickets remaining, the price will be $30).
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