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January 2015

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February 2015

Foothills "Decade Parade" at the Pour House in Raleigh February 06 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 - 12pm
The Pour House Music Hall
224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

Stinky Genes - Does your DNA influence what beer you like? at Foothills Brewing February 09 2015
Geek-N-Taps is part mixer, part beer tasting, part science lab and part beer class but 100% fun. Join local scientists and beer experts as they lead you through various activities.

Find out if you can smell boar taint and if that impacts if you like earthy aromas in your beer.

Determine if you can taste bitter substances and if that impacts whether you like IPAs.

Do your taste buds make you a supertaster?
Take a flavor trip where lemons taste like lemonade.
Talk with Foothill Brew experts one on one about aromas and flavors in beer.
Compete in trivia for a prize and see what it is like to compete in a game wearing drunk goggles.


6-9pm EST
Foothills Brewing
638 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Foothills "Decade Parade" at the Sticks & Stones in Greensboro February 10 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:

4pm - 10pm
Sticks & Stones
2200 Walker Ave Greensboro, NC

Foothills "Decade Parade" at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Charlotte February 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:

7pm - 10pm
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
9605 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner February 19 2015
Join the creative, fun loving supporters of O'SAIL for a series of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" social events including dinner with a special "surprise" guest speaker.

The date is February 19th. Come see what surprises are in store! Social Hour begins at 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM. The NC Beer Guys (Carolina Glenn and Dave) will discuss different types of beers along with a tasting of a variety of NC craft beers.

Join us this year at The Lion's Den, catered by David's Restaurant. Tickets are $25 - Includes dinner & beverage (cash bar). $15 of ticket fee is a tax deductible contribution to O'Sail. Note there may be a tasting/sample charge this year.

Lake Gaston Lion's Club
139 Stanley Road, Henrico, NC 27842

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Stinky Genes - Does your DNA influence what beer you like? at Fullsteam Brewery February 21 2015
Does your DNA impact what beer you like? Science Geeks will lead you through activities that explore if you can smell compounds like boar taint, taste bitter substances, determine how many taste buds you have and help you isolate DNA from hops. Fullsteam's brewer will give you a personalized tour of their brewing facility and explain how Fullsteam creates their unique flavors in their craft beers. A prominent Duke scientist who researches the genetics of smell and taste will be on hand to answer questions about the latest findings. Geeks-N-Taps events are part social, part beer tasting, part science fair, part brewery tour and a 100% fun way to learn about the science of beer. Each ticket includes 5 tastings that relate to the science of DNA and what you can or can not smell and taste.


1-3:30pm EST
Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701

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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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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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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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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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April 2015

Moo and Brew Fest April 11 2015
Creative Loafing's Craft Beer & Burger Festival benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank.

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

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Brewgaloo 2015 April 25 2015
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

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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May 2015

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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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.

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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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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