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April 2015

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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Brew 'n' Choo April 25 2015

On Saturday, Apr. 25, NHVR brings back its popular Brew 'n' Choo event. Brüeprint Brewing Company will be pouring its most popular beers and Cloer Family Vineyards will serve its wines for tastings and by the glass. Local bluegrass musicians Drybread Road and Alice Zincone & the Stationeers will play throughout the evening. Food trucks will offer special menus and a bonfire will add to the evening’s ambiance. Bladder-friendly, 40-minute train excursions will depart every hour from 4-7pm. All visitors must purchase a train ticket to be admitted onto the grounds. Beer and food will be sold separately and are not included in the train excursion fee. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the construction of a new climate-controlled restroom facility for the rail yard.

Times: 2-10pm
Venue: North Carolina Railroad Museum & New Hope Valley Railway
Location: New Hope Valley Railway
Address: 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, NC 27562

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Admission: Adults $12; Seniors (ages 60+) $11; Children (ages 12 & under) $10
Phone:919.362.5416


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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.

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The Pig Pounder Brewery
1107 Grecade Street
Greensboro, NC 27408


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Midtown Grill Beer Tasting Dinner featuring Nickelpoint Brewing April 30 2015

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

Five course dinner paired with a selection of six Nickelpoint Brewing 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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May 2015

Sanford Arts and Vine Festival May 02 2015

Sanford Arts and Vine is a 2-day festival, the first weekend in May and the weekend before Mother's day, May 2-3, 2015. Each year the festival draws thousands of art, wine and beer enthusiasts, to the heart of the state in beautiful Sanford, NC. The festival began as an Arts and Crafts show mainly centered around pottery, but has expanded to include many different art forms, just has the Wine tasting has evolved into a beer tasting event too.

This year we are excited to have:
Starlight Mead
Nickel Point Brewery
Bear Creek Brews
Southern Pines Brewing Company
White Rabbit Brewing Company
Railhouse Brewery


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Carolina Brewsfest Craft Beer Festival May 02 2015

A celebration of North Carolina’s exciting and rapidly growing craft brewing community and our state’s great beer!

May 2, 2015 from 12-6PM

General Admission
  • $5/$8 at gate
  • Purchase tokens inside gate
Unlimited Taster
  • $35
  • Unlimited 3oz tastes
  • Commemorative tasting glass
VIP Unlimited Taster
  • $60
  • Unlimited 3oz tastes
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Entrance to VIP area
  • Special food
  • Special Portajohns
Designated Driver
  • $10 General or $25 VIP area access
  • 2 soft drinks
BREWERIES
  • Gibb's Hundred Brewing
  • Ponysaurus Brewing
  • Bombshell Beer Company
  • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
  • Steel String Craft Brewery
  • Liberty Brewery and Grill
  • D9 Brewing
  • Boondocks Brewing
  • The Unknown Brewing Co.

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal
220 E. Commerce Ave.
High Point, NC 27260


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Saison Fest at Burial Beer Co May 02 2015

May 2. Noon. 28 Saisons. All North Carolina. Live Music. Barbecue from Buxton Hall Barbecue.

Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Ave, Asheville, NC 28801


2015 Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival May 02 2015

The 2015 Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival is held in beautiful downtown Mount Airy. The festival features top North Carolina wineries and craft beer producers, wonderful food and great music. Festival packages are available.

The public art Fiddle Crawl premieres downtown on the day of the festival. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale.

Visit the website for more information. Tickets are available online, or purchase in person at Old North State Winery or Hampton Inn Mount Airy. Hampton Inn Mount Airy will offer wine festival packages with transportation to and from the festival.

Dates: May 2
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Admission: $15 in advance; $20 on day of festival; General Admission (no tasting) $5


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Gastonia Grizzlies Ballpark 7th Annual Beer Fest May 02 2015
The Ballpark Beer Fest is aimed towards promoting craft brewers in the Southeast through beer tasting, music, food and socializing. Proceeds will benefit the Gaston County Jaycees. The Beer Fest is limited to 1,000 people.

Tickets Go On Sale March 20th

Saturday, May 2nd, 2014 6:00 - 10:00 pm
at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, NC
Rain or Shine

FEATURING:
- Over 125 Beers!
- Limited to 1,250 People!
- Unlimited Sampling!
- Cornhole Tournament!
- 6 oz. Sampling Glass!
- Live Music!


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5th Annual NC Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill May 08 2015
Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville NC, May 8 and 9

The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival celebrates five years of bringing the best bands and breweries to festival fans at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville NC. Tickets for the May 8 & 9 festival will go on sale FEBRUARY 4 and will be DISCOUNTED for one week. Tasting Tickets have sold out three years in a row, so get yours now!

Band line will be announced February 2, 2015

Camping Reservations at www.ncbrewsmusic.com

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2nd Annual South End Hops Festival May 16 2015
The 2nd Annual South End Hops Festival will include local craft beer, live local music and food trucks! Well-behaved dogs are welcomed to attend. Bring your own blanket and chairs for your musical and social enjoyment. This is a 21 and older event. General Addmission Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 day of: this includes 4 hours of unlimited beer tastings. VIP Tickets are $50: this includes early entry starting at 1:00 PM, private seating, restrooms, and included catered food. We've saved a few choice brews that have been reserved just for VIP ticket holders and our VIP area is adjacent to the sound stage.
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Got to Be NC Festival May 17 2015

Celebrate North Carolina as we "Spring into Summer" during the 6th annual Got to be NC Festival, May 17-19! Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, gate admission is free for all ages! The NC Dept of Agriculture has invited NC breweries to exhibit, sample and sell (for off-premises consumption) in the Got to Be NC Food, Wine & Beer Expo, a part of the Got to Be NC Festival.

North Carolina State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607


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Asheville Beer Week May 22 2015
The 4th Annual Asheville Beer Week will culminate with the Beer City Festival on Saturday, May 30. Organized by a beer-loving group of regional beer industry folks, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events in and around the Asheville and western North Carolina area.

This year’s eight-day celebration will include keynote speakers, education, tastings, dinners, and other beer-centric events. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival, with many other national brands at events throughout the week.

Many events are free and some are ticketed with limited seating. So plan ahead!

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Annual Memorial Weekend Charity Event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project May 24 2015

Join us at White Rabbit Brewing Company on Sunday May 24th from 1pm – 9pm for a Tap Takeover to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. The event will feature draft specials all day on our beers – Tea Party Vanilla Bourbon Porter, Queens Red, 10/6ths IPA, Mad Hatta Imperial Black IPA, Jabberwocky Tripel, Our Spring Seasonal – White Knight Blackberry Hefeweizen, and featuring our new beer Down the Rabbit Hole, a Orange Marmalade Saison. We’ll also be giving away White Rabbit gear, promotional materials, and other great prizes!

We will also have several food truck vendors in attendance and hope to have other supporters joining soon.

To show our appreciation for serving the country, we will purchase the first pint of WRB for anyone with a valid Military ID. The event starts with a Poker Run that ends up at White Rabbit Brewery at 1pm where the charity event will continue until 9pm. We will have a motorcycle show, bands, food trucks, corn hole tournaments, silent auctions and more!!

White Rabbit Brewery
219 Fish Drive
Angier, NC


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1st annual Durham Blues and Brews Festival May 30 2015

This isn’t a Beer Fest with music, or a Blues Fest with Beer, it’s a new type of an event designed to be a unique experience, by offering Great Blues music and only North Carolina Craft Beers.

The Brewers will be on site to tell you about their Breweries and Beers while you sample from their selection. Not the “shots” you get at Beer Fests, but an 8 oz. pour for you to enjoy while learning about their beers, and listening to great blues bands. This eliminates spending excessive time standing in lines and allows you time to enjoy the music, beer, and your friends.

All of this is included in your ticket purchase!

** There will be food trucks onsite, so you may purchase any food separately **

This Event is to support local Durham charities, including The Exchange Family Center, and their programs to fight child abuse.

Saturday May 30th, 2015
4:00PM - 9:00PM

Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701


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Beer City Festival - Asheville May 30 2015

Asheville's Beer City Festival returns for its sixth annual event on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. The full-day event features beer tastings from members of Western North Carolina’s prestigious Asheville Brewers Alliance plus music from regional bands including Empire Strikes Brass, Lyric, Debrissa & the Bear King, and Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 15th at 10 AM ET.

Beer City Festival is the celebratory conclusion to the annual Asheville Beer Week event highlighting Western North Carolina’s craft brewery sector. Hosted by the Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville Beer Week kicks off on May 22nd, 2015 and features daily events dedicated to regional beer tastings, food pairings, education, and more. With over 100 breweries and brewpubs calling North Carolina home, and over 25 of those based in Western North Carolina, Beer City Festival prides itself on showcasing local craft beer. Beer City Festival is an excellent opportunity to experience all of Asheville’s legendary craft breweries in one setting.

Beer City Festival takes place at the Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville and features music from some of Asheville’s favorite local musicians. Funk rock masters Empire Strikes Brass, soul artist Lyric, neo-Funk n’ Blues outfit Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, and songstress Debrissa & the Bear King will provide feel good tunes throughout the day.

Tickets on sale NOW. Tickets are $45 and includes admission and all beer tastings.

DON'T WAIT - THEY SELL OUT QUICK!

Beer City Festival is proud to donate a portion of all proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, a United Way agency. The organization serves young people in Western North Carolina in over nine counties, matching children (ages 6-14) from single-parent families with caring, adult mentors.


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Pig Fest 2015 at Natty Greene's Brewing Co. May 30 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,May 30, 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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OBX Brewfest May 31 2015
OBX Brewfest seeks to inspire and showcase the area's culinary, performing, and visual arts through a craft beer culture event boasting over 80 tasty libations from around the United States.

Expect an experience like no other featuring everything from homebrew demonstrations and beer-centric workshops hosted by industry professionals, to live music. We'll also be presenting our unique “Games for Grown Folks” field day-style game zone which will be chock full of activities including life-sized Jenga, keg bowling, human foosball, life-size Connect Four and more.

Non-drinkers can also enjoy samples throughout the day in the festival’s Soda Garden, which will house over twenty handcrafted sodas. Several local restaurants will have food available for purchase throughout the event; some of whose culinary teams will also be presenting segments such as “Cooking with Beer,” “Homebrew 101,” “Beer & Cheese,” “Repurposed Beer Art,” “Design Your Own Beer Garden,” “Plant to Pint: Where Your Beer Comes From,” and more.

A full schedule of events as well as panelist and brewery lineups will be available in February.


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June 2015

Neuse River Brewing Grand Opening June 06 2015

6/6/15 12pm - 12am
518 Pershing Road
Raleigh, North Carolina

12pm-4pm CockADoodleMoo
4pm-8pm ChirbaChirba
8pm-12am Belgian Waffology + live music!



Blues and Brews June 06 2015

Saturday – June 6, 2015 Festival Park, Corner of Rowan Street & Ray Street, Fayetteville, NC 4:00pm – 10:00pm

COLD BEER AND HOT BLUES

Come for the event of the summer! Blues-n-Brews is a one day festival where you can taste over 100 of the finest beers around and jam to the hottest blues bands!

TICKET PACKAGES AND PRICES

VIP-$75.00 Gen. Admission Beer Tasting-$35.00 advance purchase, $40.00 at the gate Gen. Admission Non-Drinking-$15.00 Active-Duty Military Discount: $5.00 off (does not apply to VIP, non-drinking ticket, or early purchases)

(*Buy ahead for a $5.00 discount.  $5.00 Active Duty Military discount also available at the BnB gate.  Discount only applies to General Admission Beer-Tasting $40.00 ticket, and discounts cannot be combined.*)


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State of Origin Craft Brew Festival June 13 2015
State of Origin is a boutique craft brew festival focusing on local breweries embracing North Carolina flora and fauna in the creation of craft beer. We have decided to cap the event at 20 breweries that are using localized raw materials in the production of their craft products.

Saturday, June 13th 2015: Courthouse Square Morganton, NC

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2nd Annual Carolina Summer Craft Beer and Music Fest June 13 2015

The 2nd Annual Carolina Summer Craft Beer and Music Fest on June 13th, 2015 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

  • 19 Rock Bands
  • Two Stages
  • Craft Beer Garden
  • VIP Craft Beer Sampling Tent
  • Food Truck Rodeo and More!

Breweries: Hoots Brewery of Winston-Salem, Foothills, Pig Pounder Brewery, Natty Greene's, Big Boss Brewery, Red Oak, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Mother Earth Brewery, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and more added all the time!

We have hydroponic hops cultivation educational demo that will be out in support. Farm Boy outdoor cultivating booth, Home brewers Clubs doing demos.

Tickets only $20 - can be purchased at TicketMaster
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North Carolina Brewers Celebration June 27 2015
All About Beer Magazine, in conjunction with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild proudly announces the North Carolina Brewers Celebration, a collection of exclusively local North Carolina breweries, coming to the BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, NC, Saturday, June 27. The North Carolina Brewers Celebration will feature 50 of North Carolina’s finest breweries and brewpubs. Local farmers will be on site with ingredient samplings, allowing attendees to touch, smell and taste the ingredients that go into beer. In addition, local retailers and specialty beer shops will be pouring at the event. Ticket includes unlimited 4-ounce samples from over 150 beers. General Admission tickets: $45 Include unlimited 4-ounce tastings of more than 150 beers. VIP admission tickets: $75 Offer all the perks of a general admission ticket, plus early entry into the festival with private entrance, access to an upscale hospitality area with private bathrooms, and a selection of 20-30 rare beers not available to the general public. Sample from a collection of exclusively local NC beers. Take a tour of our home state’s finest brewery offerings. Revisit old favorites and discover new ones. The North Carolina Brewers Celebration will showcase the best beers, as well as the local farmers, retailers and wholesalers who make it possible to enjoy beer in the Old North State! The festival will be held Saturday June 27, 2015 at BB&T Ballpark and offers two sessions, 12-5 p.m. for VIPs and 1-5 p.m. for General Admission.
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July 2015

Appalachian State University 2015 Brewing Short Course (5-day) July 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.
EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 15TH

See http://wine.appstate.edu/workshops/brewing-short-course for more information.


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11th Annual Summertime Brews Festival July 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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Ale Share Beer Fest July 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)

>Location:
The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC

When:
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 1:00pm - 6:00pm


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August 2015

Waynesville Craft Beer Faire August 01 2015
The Waynesville Craft Beer Faire celebrates the rapid growth of beer culture in Waynesville and all of WNC. The Faire features great local music, fine foods, homebrew and educational displays. Informative classes are presented by area craft and home brew experts.

Within walking distance to Historic Downtown Waynesville, attendees to the Waynesville Craft Beer Faire enjoy first-class restaurants, cafes, shops and creations by the area’s talented chefs and Appalachian artisans. You will want to make a weekend of it.

American Legion Post 47, Waynesville NC
Saturday August 15, 2015
1:00 - 5:00 PM (V.I.P.'s enter at 12 Noon)

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8th annual High Country Beer Fest August 29 2015
The High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival is a celebration of craft beer from around the region and the world. Come sample outstanding beers and delicious food in the beautiful high country of North Carolina. Educational seminars will cover aspects of beer tasting, brewing, and food pairing.

The High Country Beer Fest is a part of Ivory Tower Science, a research based non-profit that directly supports student scholarships and academic research in Fermentation Sciences.

TICKETS AND INFORMATION
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September 2015

919 Beer presents Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival September 12 2015
NC Craft Beer? Great music? You’ve come to the right place.
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.


19th Annual Brewgrass Festival September 19 2015

Come to the premiere craft beer experience in Asheville. Enjoy great music with great craft beer!

Memorial Stadium, Asheville NC

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

Tickets go on sale March 21st at 11am

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


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11th Annual Shine to Wine September 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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BBQ, Blues & Brews September 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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October 2015

17th Annual The Charlotte Oktoberfest October 03 2015

Join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015, for the 17th anniversary of The Charlotte Oktoberfest. This will be our third year at the NC Music Factory. We've taken everything you've loved about Charlotte Oktoberfest and made it better. Longer premium access time, more intimate festival space, premium craft beer selection, plenty of free parking, great food and lots of fun activities.

This will be similar to past Charlotte Oktoberfest festivals, just crafted in the Imperial style.

Join 6,000 of your closest friends as we discover the world of craft beer without having to leave Charlotte.

The Charlotte Oktoberfest craft beer festival is a rain or shine event.

Due to the new location with its proximity to hotels and public transportation, No designated driver tickets will be sold this year.

Please drink responsibly.


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