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North Carolina Beer Events

September 2015

Taste of the New South Sep 04 2015

Sip and savor your way through Labor Day weekend at Pinehurst with beer and wine tastings, culinary demonstrations by award-winning chefs, an authentic Southern Tailgate and more – all with a touch of Southern flavor! For more information, go to tasteofthenewsouth.com.

Breweries to include:
Double Barley Brewing
Draft Line Brewing
Highland Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing
Mother Earth Brewing
Rail House Brewery
Mystery Brewing
Sam Adams Brewery

80 Carolina Vista Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374

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Aviator Brewing Company Release Party for OktoberBeast Sep 05 2015

OktoberBeast is a Marzen Style Ale with a copper color and a higher rate of hops than most Marzen's.

Saturday September 5th- 12-10 PM

Tours 4-6:30 PM

Chirba Chirba Food Truck 4-8 PM

Aviator Brewing
209 Technology Park Ln
Fuquay Varina, NC

Lake Wylie Craft Beer Extravaganza Sep 05 2015
Tickets to Beer Extravaganza: If you want to get into Lake Wylie Craft Beer Extravaganza, you gotta buy a ticket. Here are your options ...

Lake Wylie Music Fest (LWMF) is a not-for-profit grassroots effort by a small group of everyday river rats to infuse the Waters of Wylie with a little laid-back creative fun!

Unlimited samples of over 75 LOCAL and craft breweries until the kegs run dry!

$60 for VIP Tickets - VIP tickets get you in an hour early (1pm) for a special sampling of some rare, unique, limited, hard to find beers, a commemorative shirt & tasting glass, a gift goodie bag, and personal involvement in Opening Ceremonies with DrumStrong and The Backstage Jam. VIP Tickets are available exclusively at Sweetwater, 4582 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

$40 for all other tickets - which get you into the Craft Beer Extravaganza at 2pm, backstage enjoyment of the Music Fest, a variety of vendors to enjoy, and a commemorative glass. $40 Tickets are available online. CLICK HERE!

Red Fez Club
16600 Red Fez Club Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278

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Wee Bit Louder Fest 2015 Sep 05 2015

On Saturday, September 5th, we host the 4th Annual Wee Bit Louder Fest out in the meadow from 6:00-10:00 pm. We have 3 solid bands and you can click on our event calendar to see who's playing. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs

Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats Band
Franklin's Kite
Delta Moon

Location:The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
When:Saturday, September 5th, 2015, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Tasting Room Hours:Open 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Wee Bit Louder Fest:6:00pm - 10:00pm

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Growler Gallop Charlotte Sep 06 2015

Who doesn’t love finishing a run with a great micro-brewed beer with friends? Olde Mecklenburg will provide the beer and the atmosphere and Trivium Racing will set up a great 5k course and bring the band! You do not want to miss out on this unique race with bottle-opener medals and a chance to take home a full growler as a prize!

Sunday September 6th, 2015

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd
Charlotte , NC 28217

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Grand Opening of The Beer Growler in Winston-Salem Sep 10 2015

Atlanta -based franchise The Beer Growler has a new store opening in Winston-Salem to bring customers a carefully curated selection of unique, freshly tapped craft beer.

Locally owned and family-run, The Beer Growler Winston-Salem will have 48 taps to sell craft beer, cider, and soda by the growler. The store's focus will be on providing a rotating selection of fresh and hard to find craft beer.

The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, September 10. The store will be open Monday through Thursday 1:00pm-9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 1:00pm-10:00pm, and Sunday 1:00- 6:00pm.

The Beer Growler Winston-Salem
3424 Robinhood Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Oktoberfest Party @ Raleigh Brewing Company Sep 11 2015

When: Friday, Sept. 11th 5-11 p.m.

It's that time of year again!

October is almost here & we are celebrating with our annual Oktoberfest Party! You haven't had an Oktoberfest Bier until you've tried Raleigh Brewing's Oktoberfest Lager! We will be launching our Oktoberfest seasonal beer at the party, as well as special Oktoberfest Seasonal FIRKINS! Party starts at 5 & last until 11! Of course, there will be LIVE MUSIC & FREE SWAG giveaways, the world's largest photo booth, even a BEST DRESSED AWARD to the male/female with the best Oktoberfest outfits on! Get ready to PARTY!

Website Link:https://www.facebook.com/events/682565495209473/

Raleigh Brewing
3709 Neil St, Raleigh, NC

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919 Beer presents Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival Sep 12 2015

NC Craft Beer? Great music? You’ve come to the right place.

We plan to have about 70 breweries to accommodate the anticipated 4,000 beer enthusiasts. It’s not just about us, though, as we also give back to our community and to support craft beer in our state. A portion of the proceeds from Beericana goes to support the NC Craft Brewer’s Guild and other nonprofits.

Where: Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs (map and directions)

When: September 12, 2015 from Noon - 6pm

Beericana is a premiere N.C. craft beer festival featuring breweries from the Triangle, across the state, and beyond, blended with great Americana/Bluegrass music and local food trucks.

VIP admission begins at noon and will include special kegs from around the state, not available to general admission ticket holders.

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Lonerider Brew-It-Forward 2015 Sep 12 2015

Brew It Forward 2015 will be held at Lonerider Brewing Company.

Judging will be begin at 10am. Winner will be announced at 2PM. 8816 Gulf Ct #100, Raleigh, NC 27617

We believe in giving back to the community and as home brewers and beer geeks we realize the opportunity we have had in being able to realize our dream. Therefore, we want to share the chance of brewing a batch in a professional environment with others who may have similar aspirations. We also want to split the profits from sale of the first winning batch on our system between the winner, and other charities. We realize it’s a small step forward towards furthering the state of craft beer; but we hope a step in the right direction. Research. Browse the Lonerider website and become familiar with our product portfolio. Your American-style brown ale may be great, but do you thin that it is good enough to replace Lonerider's "Sweet Josie", which won a gold medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival? Some examples of previous beers to win Brew-it-Forward are a pale hoppy lager, a black hoppy ale, and a pale malty ale. None of them had anything in common with existing Lonerider products. Be creative.

This contest is about brewing your best beer. There are no style guidelines to limit your creativity. Try combining the attributes of one or more beers into something new. Also remember that you are responsible for naming the beers, so think of a clever name that fits into the Lonerider "old west" theme. So, fill out your entry forms, recheck the rules, fees, and drop off locations, and send off your entry. It’s now out of your hands, so stop worrying. You’ve done all you can do. Oh, and be sure to save a bottle to drink when you get the scoresheets back.

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Bases & Brews sponsored by the Hickory Jaycees Sep 12 2015

Enjoy All-You-Can-Sample Local Craft Beer, great food and live music!

VIP Admission 2-3pm - $45

General Admission 3-6om - $35

Designated Driver $10

Price includes entry, tasting glass and ticket to potential Crawdads Playoff Game

Saturday, September 12th
LP Frans Stadium
2500 Clement Blvd NW
Hickory, NC 28601

To purchase tickets, Call the Crawdads at (828) 322-3000 or go to hickorycrawdads.com

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Yours and Mine Golden Ale Release in Charlotte Sep 12 2015

New Belgium Brewing and its four brewery friends from Charlotte’s North Davidson (NoDa) neighborhood, Heist Brewery, Birdsong Brewing Company, Free Range Brewing and NoDa Brewing Company, are teaming up once again to celebrate the release of Yours and Mine Golden Ale in Charlotte.

A Beers with Vrienden collaboration, Yours and Mine Golden Ale was brewed in New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, and features ingredients from Colo. and N.C. Yours and Mine Golden Ale Release Events NoDa Farmer’s Market Release Celebration Saturday, September 12 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. NoDa Brewing Company – 2229 N. Davidson St., Charlotte Mingle with the brewers from New Belgium and Heist, Birdsong, Free Range and NoDa Brewing at a farmer’s market in the parking lot of NoDa Brewing.

Guests will receive two free beers, a poster, glassware and other brewery swag. All beer sales proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, NoDa Farmer’s Market and Charlotte Arts for Life.

Salud Beer Shop Release Celebration Saturday, September 12 | 7:00 p.m. Salud Beer Shop – 3306-B N. Davidson St., Charlotte

Keep the party rolling at Salud Beer Shop, just down the street from NoDa Brewing Company. Sip on mega-collaboration Yours and Mine Golden Ale and other offerings from the collaborating brewers. While New Belgium is in town, the collaborators will also brew the dark side of Yours and Mine. This second collaboration beer, Mine and Yours Belgian Dark Ale, will feature Colo.-famous Palisade peaches, and N.C. honey, ginger and sweet potatoes for a bold, fall ale. Mine and Yours will come out in October, just in time to pair perfectly with crisp, cool nights.

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Noble Cider Grand Opening of New Taproom and Production Facility Sep 12 2015
Noble Cider is excited to invite the public to join them at their new Taproom and production facility for a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday September 12. Festivities will take place at 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville from 12:00 PM to10:00 PM. Carpooling is encouraged. Cider specials and events will happen throughout the weekend, including food trucks, cider sorbets, discounted pours and growler fills, and live music. Noble Cider will fill out the Taproom’s 20 taps with their own lineup of crisp and creative hard ciders, along with other local and regional ciders, beers, sake and Kombucha. Seekers of international hard ciders can find a selection at Noble on tap and in bottles.
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The Glass Jug 1-Year Anniversary Party Sep 13 2015

To celebrate our first successful year in business, we're inviting some of our favorite breweries to come serve some of their finest liquids with us.

We'll be roping off our parking lot and filling it with local breweries, food vendors, and music.

The draft list inside is also going to be, shall we say, ridiculous. It is going to include at least two different collaborations with local breweries that you'll only be able to find here, plus some great seasonal, specialty, and rare beers that we've been collecting and saving for just such an occasion.

There is no admission fee to attend. Simply purchase beer tickets at the bar, where you'll receive a free event glass, then use the tickets to purchase pours from the bar or any of the breweries in the parking lot.

Sunday, September 13at 2:00pm - 6:00pm

The Glass Jug
5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF
Durham, NC

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19th Annual Brewgrass Festival Sep 19 2015

Asheville, NC’s original beer festival is proud to announce the lineup for its 19th annual event happening on Saturday, September 19th. Jeff Austin Band, Big Daddy Love, and Packway Handle Band will perform while over 50 breweries sample a diverse assortment of national and regional craft beers. Tickets for Brewgrass are on sale now via Brewgrass Festival Tickets!

Founded in 1996, Brewgrass Festival is Western North Carolina’s original craft beer festival. North Carolina is now home to over 100 breweries and brewpubs, and since those early days, Asheville has formed a burgeoning beer scene – even reigning as “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Brewgrass Festival’s annual event has always showcased some of the most in-demand and exciting brewers in the region.

Memorial Stadium, Asheville NC

Live Music from:
- The Jeff Austin Band
- Big Daddy Love
- The Packway Handle Band


A portion of the proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sistes of WNC

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Second Annual Charlotte Beerfest Sep 19 2015

The Second Annual Charlotte Beerfest will be held 5–9pm on September 19th, with exclusive VIP sampling 4–9pm at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte featuring a national touring music act!

As the first event to be held after the end of the second season in BB&T Ballpark, the Charlotte Knights will be hosting the Charlotte Beerfest! The event has one simple goal – bringing friends together to enjoy great craft beers and music from both local and national bands, all while bringing awareness to the Grin Kids Children’s Charity and the USO of North Carolina.

In our second year, Charlotte Beerfest is committed to providing its patrons with one of the greatest festival experiences offered anywhere in the country. By combining over 250 craft beers and live music, Charlotte Beerfest will prove to be a unique experience unlike any other. This year’s Charlotte Beerfest will be held from 5–9pm on September 19, 2015, with the exclusive VIP sampling from 4–9pm at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights. For one low price, you will be able to sample from over 250 craft beers from your commemorative sampling glass—courtesy of your friends at the Charlotte Beerfest. These delicious beers are guaranteed to be pouring during all hours of the festival without interruption. If it rains, we still pour!

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Real McCoy's "Battle of the Taps" Sep 19 2015

Real McCoy's, in Wake Forest, NC is hosting a "Battle of the taps" event that will feature numerous breweries giving out free samples on site. Customers will vote on which beers they liked the best and the winners will be announced at the end of the night. The winning beers will be featured on our tap wall!

September 19, 6-9pm

Real McCoys
3325 Rogers Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Windsor Festival Series Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sep 19 2015

Blues, Brews & BBQ is a September event in Windsor. It features Micro Brewers from North Carolina that will allow guest to sample a variety of craft beer. The music will be provided by the Cuz'n Kirk's Blues Band and there will be a BBQ cook off that will allow a tasty experience for all.

Sat. Sept. 19, 2015 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM

Roanoke/Cashie River Center
112 W.Water St.
Windsor, NC

**Cost: $25

Featuring: Gizmo Brew Works, Bear Creek, Triangle Brewing and others. Live music. BBQ Cook-Off.

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Lake Norman Brew-Ha-Ha Tour Sep 19 2015

Tour departs from the Lake Town Tavern, Cornelius. Complimentary appetizers will be served from 10:45am – 11:30am!

You will board a luxury motor coach & be greeted by our friendly staff. Our tour includes four unique breweries: Bayne, Ass Clown, D9 & Primal. TWO souvenir pint glasses from Primal and Bayne (a $14.00 value) will be given to everyone.

Door prizes – FOUR flights will be given away to FOUR lucky winners (a $28.00 value) and TWO free tickets to a future Brew Ha Ha Tour (a $100.00 value).

THREE free beer tastings per brewery and complimentary bottled water are also included in our tour package.

We return to the Lake Town Tavern at 4:15. Feel free to buy a drink or order dinner and enjoy watching your favorite NCAA Football Team!

This event is being hosted by the Charlotte Special Events Group, Tours in Charlotte and the Lake Town Tavern.

For more information call 704 765 5104.

Tour Includes: Luxury Transportation, Escort, Bottled Water, Complimentary Appetizers, Four Brewery Stops, Two Free Souvenir Pint Glasses, Door Prizes and Free Tastings At Each Brewery.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 11:30am – 4:15pm Price: $49.95 / $54.95 at the door (No children please)

Purchase tickets at http://charlottespecialevents.com/services/26-unique-tours/

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11th Annual Shine to Wine Sep 19 2015
Along with showcasing North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County and the burgeoning wine industry in our area, this year’s event will expand to include NC beers and spirits. The event will also feature live entertainment from Mark Roberts Band, the Graybyrds, art, merchandise, history and food. As always it's held in beautiful historic downtown North Wilkesboro. Tickets available at Etix.com, and at Lowes Foods and Just Save stores in NC. Area hotels are offering packages with shuttle service included.

Downtown North Wilkesboro
700 CBD Loop , North Wilkesboro NC

Saturday September 19th
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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First Annual Curds & Crafts Festival Sep 19 2015

The First Annual Curds & Crafts Festival celebrates local, artisanal Cheese producers, Craft Breweries, and the natural and delicious pairing of cheese and beer. We bring together North Carolina & Virgina Cheesemakers & Breweries to offer samples of a variety of beers and cheeses.

Special brewery selections have been made to match up with a local cheesemakers’ delicious artisanal cheese. We also welcome local artisanal food producers to sample their products, look for awesome charcuterie, handmade bread and small batch jellies and pickles.

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | $25

Foothills Brewing
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
Fullsteam Brewery
Bull City Ciderworks
Mystery Brewing
Steel String Brewery
Devil’s Backbone
+ More to be added!

Weaver Street Market
101 East Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

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6th annual Science of Beer Sep 24 2015

Save the date for the Triangle's premier event for science and beer enthusiasts. Our 6th annual Museum AfterHours: Science of Beer will feature tastings from your favorite local brewers, one-of-a-kind workshops, and loads of hands–on experiments exploring the science behind making and enjoying your favorite beers.

Sept. 24 | 6:30–9:30pm

Leave the kids at home - this one's for the adults. 21+ only.

*Tastings included with admission

Museum of Life + Science
433 W. Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 7th Annual Mecktoberfest Sep 25 2015

The 7th annual Mecktoberfest will be a three-day festival this year - an expansion from twodays in years past - from Sept. 25-27 on the stunning 8.5-acre grounds of OMB in Charlotte’s Lower South End (LoSo).

This family (and dog) friendly event is free of charge and runs from 11am-11pm, Friday-Sunday. Mecktoberfest will celebrate the best of German-style food, culture, and of course beer. On tap will be the seasonal Mecktoberfest brew, a classic Märzen amber lager. Bavarian hops and yeast from the oldest brewery in the world give Mecktoberfest an outstanding flavor profile, rich and malty upfront with a smooth, satisfying finish.

Crowd favorite the Holzhackern German Band will bring the sounds of Bavaria to the festivities at 6-9 p.m. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Sunday, and will share the stage throughout the weekend with the Matt Stratford Band, Jared Allen, Banana Pancakes and West Bolz.

The special Mecktoberfest menu (in the Biergarten and Brauhaus) will include authentic German fare and favorite German sides. Hot dogs and burgers will be available for children.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd
Charlotte, NC

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BLT Steak Charlotte Craft Dinner Series featuring The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Sep 25 2015
The September installment is quickly approaching on Friday, September 25 and Chef Ben Miles has created a four-course prix fixe menu of BLT Steak flavors, paired perfectly with beers from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 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 www.bltsteakcharlotte.eventbrite.com.

BLT Steak
110 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Charlotte Brew-Ha-Ha Tour Sep 26 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015 (11:00am – 5:15pm)

Tour departs from the Kilted Buffalo @ Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

Complimentary pizza and wings will be served at the Kilted Buffalo when we return! You will board a luxury motor coach and be greeted by our friendly staff. Our tour includes four unique breweries and one unique “bottle shop”: Cornelius Drafthouse, Primal, Heist, Unknown & Sycamore. One souvenir pint glass from Primal and a 5oz glass of beer from the Cornelius Drafthouse ($10.00 value) will be given to everyone.

Door prizes – FOUR flights will be given away to FOUR lucky winners ($30.00 value) and TWO free tickets to a future Brew Ha Ha Tour ($100.00 value). THREE free beer tastings per brewery (except Heist) and complimentary bottled water are also included in our tour package.

We return to the Kilted Buffalo at 5:15 where complimentary pizza & wings will be served for dinner. This event is being hosted by the Charlotte Special Events Group, Tours in Charlotte and the Kilted Buffalo. For more information call 704 765 5104. Tour Includes: Luxury Transportation, Escort, Bottled Water, Five Stops, Souvenir Pint Glass from Primal, Five Ounce Glass of Beer From the Cornelius Drafthouse, Door Prizes, Tastings at Three Breweries and Dinner. Price: $49.95 / $59.95 at the door (No children please)

Purchase tickets @: http://charlottespecialevents.com/services/26-unique-tours/

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BBQ, Blues & Brews Sep 26 2015

This festival is held on Broad Street in the historic Varina downtown district and is an event that features all the things people love about North Carolina...BBQ, Blues, Bluegrass Music and Craft Beer!

This fundraising event is Fuquay-Varina's way of supporting the upcoming, regional International Bluegrass Festival and for people to enjoy a friendly, competitive, delicious BBQ Cook-Off. Guests are encouraged to visit all 3 contest zones to sample delicious BBQ, savor a great & unique selection of craft beers and enjoy a variety of blues and bluegrass music provided by our event partners, Aviator Brewery, Draft Line Brewery, the Brick Bar & Grill, and the Fainting Goat Brewing Company.

BBQ, Blues & Brews is an "Open" competition destined to be as popular as our annual Chili Cook-Off which will be held on November 7th. Like that cook-off, the BBQ Cook-Off is designed to be easy, laid back, fun and profitable for contestants as they compete for bragging rights and Prize Money. This contest is not a KCBS sanctioned event.

1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $300

Winners are chosen through a "blind judging" by a panel of 3-5 judges, some of which are KCBS certified.

People's Choice Award (Public votes to determine the winner): Hand Carved & Engraved Wooden Pig Cutting Board

Admission is free.

Fuquay-Varina Downtown
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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8th Annual Pepper Festival Sep 27 2015
The Annual Pepper Festival, hosted by Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, 3 – 7 pm and celebrates local, food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Approximately 45 of the top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes--from beer to chocolate--using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. This year’s festival features experts from from The Fearrington Granary, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Fiction Kitchen and 518 West as well as craft artisans from YesterYears Brewery, Steel String Brewery, Carolina Brewery and Top of the Hill Distillery. Proceeds go to benefit The Abundance Foundation and the Piedmont BioFarm, both local organizations supporting sustainable lifestyles.  Join in at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill, NC
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