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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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Natty Greene's ACC Tourney Tent March 11 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:00 AM until Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:00PM

This is the last year Greensboro will host the ACC Tournament so make sure you do it right!

Come catch all the games at Natty Greene's ACC Tourney Tent located at their Bunker tasting room across the street from the Coliseum. The ACC Tourney Tent is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE TO ENTER! The tent will be outfitted with TVs, tables, chairs and beer bars. Food will be provided by Taqueria El Azteca Taco Truck and DC Dogs.

ACC Tourney Tent Hours:

* Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
* Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
* Saturday: 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Bunker at Natty Greene's
1918 W Lee St
Greensboro, NC 27403

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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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2nd Annual White Street Brewers Collaborative March 28 2015

White Street Brewing Co. is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual White Street Brewers Collaborative on Saturday, March 28th!
This year, White Street Brewing Co. is excited to invite Front Street Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Olde Hickory Brewery and Trophy Brewing Company. Between sample sessions you we will be enjoying brewer discussion panels, at the Cotton Company, on 'What's New in Brew" and "Collaborations".  And of course this awesome event comes with some sweet swag!
Tickets available at:

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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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April 2015

Casks on Fools April 01 2015

23 Breweries and Casks! Portion of the proceeds to bemefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the NC Brewers Guild!

Breweries: Crank Arm, White Street, Lonerider, Lynnwood, Big Boss, Raleigh Brewing, Natty Greene's, Aviator, Fullsteam, Bull City, Deep River, Haw River, Triangle Brewing, Foothills, Fonta Flora, Wicked Weed, Sub Noir, Draft Line, Fortnight, Mystery Brewing, Carolina Brewing, Bombshell, Gizmo Brew Works

When: Wednesday, April 1, 3pm +
Venue: Crank Arm Brewing
Address: 319 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event April 02 2015

Join us for Our State’s Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Space is limited to 150 people. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

In celebration of N.C. Beer month, Our State editor in chief Elizabeth Hudson hosts an evening event featuring Erik Lars Myers, the author of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, and five of North Carolina’s most celebrated brewers for a dynamic conversation about the craft brewery movement, their career successes and challenges, and what delights their taste buds. This Our State-led craft brewery panel discussion is followed by a casual beer tasting and heavy hors d’oeuvre-pairing at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery.

5–6 p.m. | VIP Reception
VIP ticket holders will enjoy a meet-and-greet with the brewers featuring Top of the Hill brewtails along with a Top of the Hill Cask program discussion led by head brewer Chris Atkins.

6–9 p.m. | General Admission Panel and Tasting

General Admission Tickets: $55
VIP Tickets: $70


Chris Atkins - Top of the Hill Brewery, Co-Head Brewer

Josh Brewer - Mother Earth Brewing, Head Brewer

Chad Henderson - NoDa Brewing Company, Head Brewer

Robert McInerny - Big Boss Brewing Company, Head Brewer

Leah Wong Ashburn - Highland Brewing Company, President

Erik Lars Myers - Mystery Brewing Company, Founder/Head Brewer

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A Duck-Rabbit Spring Revelry April 04 2015

Join us on Saturday, April 4th, from 3:00-8:00 pm at The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery to celebrate the dark-beer side of NC Beer Month!  We'll have completed our most recent expansion, so it's high time for some revelry.


  • An assortment of dark and delicious Duck-Rabbit beers to imbibe!
  • Eat Roadkill Food Truck serving classic American food with a gourmet twist!
  • Live music (details TBA)
  • Tours featuring the recent expansion
  • Games, picnic space, and a cornhole tournament with prizes!

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Moo and Brew Fest April 11 2015
Moo & Brew will offer samplings from 40 breweries, as well as tastes from local restaurants vying for the title of "Creative Loafing’s Best Burger."

What better way to spend a beautiful spring Carolina day than sampling GREAT CRAFT BEER, DELICIOUS BURGERS AND GREAT MUSIC?

Creative Loafing's Craft Beer & Burger Festival benefits Second Harvest Food Bank.

12:30 - 2:00 PM - VIP Admission
2:00 - 6:00 PM - General Admission

2:00 - 3:30 PM - Ancient Cities
3:30 - 5:00 PM - DJ Overcash
5:00 - 6:15 PM - Langhorne Slim

Get your tickets HERE

NC Music Factory
1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28206

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The World Beer Festival - Raleigh April 11 2015
Moore Square Park, Downtown Raleigh

A chance to sample from over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world.


2 SESSIONS: 12-4PM & 6-10PM

General Admission: $50

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4oz tastings from over 250 of the finest beers
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
VIP Admission: $100
  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4oz tastings from over 250 of the finest beers
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
  • Enjoy a private lounge complete with private bathrooms, food and live music
  • 3 issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine

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Ruckus Brew Fest - Asheville Comes East April 11 2015
The second event in an ongoing series of rotating brew fests every 6 weeks during the warm weather months. This one is celebrating NC Beer Month - specifically brews from western NC. We will be pouring liquid from a dozen Asheville based breweries and a half dozen or so from the Triangle.  The day will feature live music from some great local bands, cornhole, kids activities, a live brewing demonstration from Kyle Delpiano, plenty of food from Ruckus and other area restaurants and most importantly – beer.

Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits
8111-208 Tryon Woods Dr
Cary, NC 27518

Saturday April 11th 2pm-6pm


The Battle of the Brews April 18 2015
The Battle of the Brews is the ONLY BREWERY EVENT where people not only taste, but get to cast votes on their favorite beer in Charlotte. The winning Brewery will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the highly coveted Battle of the Brews title belt! Most importantly, ALL proceeds from the Battle of the Brews will go to charity. As with all 704 Projects, the goal of the event is to have a fun competition and support a local charity at the same time. The Battle of the Brews event will also include Bands, Food Trucks, Local Artists and Exhibitors. Learn more on

The 704 Project is a non profit organization in the Charlotte area of young business leaders who donate their time to raise funds and awareness for local charities; all while having a great time!

The home of “Food Truck Friday” will be easy to find on April 18th for the Charlotte Battle of the Brews. Make sure to buy your tickets early before the event sells out!

E Park Ave & Camden Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Three Eagles Beer Festival April 18 2015

Sponsored by the Three Eagles Rotary Club. Regional craft breweries and live music!

Saturday, April 18th
109 E. Ash Street, downtown Goldsboro, The Old Fire Station

General Admission $35 - 2pm - 6pm
VIP $50 - 1pm - 6pm

Breweries Include:
Aviator Brewing Company
Lonerider Brewing Company
Triangle Brewing Company
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Carolina Brewing Company

For tickets, contact:
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation 919-735-4959
The Arts Council of Wayne County 919-736-3300
The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce 919-734-2241

Entertainment provided by the Little German Band and Dancers – prosit.
Food trucks: Eat Roadkill and We Bea Grillin’ Eastern NC Bar-B-Q

In addition to the craft breweries, home brewers will be offering samples of their unique beers.

Grand Taste Experience at Durham Armory April 23 2015

Expect to be “Thanksgiving full,” as one patron described it last year, at the Grand Taste Experience! You’ll spend the evening savoring dishes created by 20 of the best chefs in the region! Meet local beverage makers producing your favorite beer, soda, coffee, and spirits. You are sure to try something new. And, we’ve rounded up our chef’s favorite distributors to bring you wine from around the world and educate your palate! If that wasn’t enough, you’ll see live music and have the opportunity to mingle with culinary enthusiasts.

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!

April 23, 2015 6:30pm-until...

The Armory
220 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

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Hickory Hops April 25 2015
Featuring the hand-crafted beers of more than 50 local microbreweries in the Southeast. We offer plenty for everyone, from inexperienced beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans anxious for something unusual. Come see who claims the title of Carolinas Championship of Beers.

Olde Hickory Station in Downtown Hickory - Hickory, NC 28602
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Taste the Event: Burger Smashdown at Fullsteam April 25 2015

Join burger chefs from Mattie B’s Public House, Tyler’s Taproom, Al’s Burger Shack, Buns and Only Burger as they create one of their favorite burger and side duos for you to eat and vote on. Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam will personally pair his flavorful beers with each burger/side combo (two-ounce pours for each burger). Plus live music and darts, ping pong and games that you always love at Fullsteam.

This is a family-friendly event. 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! Saturday April 25, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC

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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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May 2015

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


  • $20
  • 4 pints
  • Comemmorative pint glass
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

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

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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

- 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

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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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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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Beer City Festival - Asheville May 30 2015
The Beer City Festival features dozens of breweries and live music on the Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Tickets are available online on the Beer City Festival Web site starting April 2015. It usually sells out, so get 'em early.

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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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


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!


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!

Tickets only $20 - can be purchased at TicketMaster
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July 2015

Appalachian State University 2015 Brewing Short Course (5-day) July 13 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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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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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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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.

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, 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 in the historic Varina retail district, and it is an event that features all the things people of North Carolina love... BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Music and Craft Beer!

This fundraising event is Fuquay-Varina’s way of supporting the International Bluegrass Festival AND seeing who makes the best BBQ in Fuquay-Varina. Competitions and great music will be offered on Broad Street. Guests are encouraged to visit all Varina breweries and bars to enjoy additional music provided by our event partners.

Admission is free.

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

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