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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


Beer Release: Hard Ass Imperial IPA (Collab w/ Ass Clown Brewing April 01 2015

Join Granite Falls Brewing as we *foolishly* kick off NC Beer Month on April 1st with the release of a collaborative brew with our friends at Ass Clown Brewing Company of Cornelius, NC!

We couldn't be more excited to showcase this beer! The Hard Ass Orange Chocolate Imperial IPA will be going on tap at both tasting rooms (GFB and Ass Clown) on Wednesday, April 1st.

Here at GFB we will have live music (TBD) that evening beginning at 7pm.

Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00pm in EDT

Granite Falls Brewing Company
47 Duke St, Granite Falls, NC


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Midtown Grille Beer Tasting Dinner featuring Brüeprint Brewing April 01 2015

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

Five course dinner paired with a selection of six Brüeprint 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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Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event April 02 2015

Join Our State as we kick off North Carolina Beer Month on April 2, 2015 with our Meet the Maker Craft Beer Event at the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill. Our State editor in chief Elizabeth Hudson will host 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.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP reception from 5-6 p.m. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with the brewers before the panel discussion and tasting, sip on brewtails and snack on passed hors d’oeuvres as you learn about Top of the Hill’s Cask program in a discussion led by Top of the Hill Brewery co-head brewers Chris Atkins and Aaron Carracci. This exclusive Our State event features:

5–6 p.m. | VIP Reception
VIP Tickets: $70
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
Graduate Student Tickets: $45

Featuring:
Chris Atkins & Aaron Carracci - 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

General admission begins at 6 p.m. Grab a beer to enjoy during the Our State-led craft brewery panel discussion. Following the panel, guests will have the chance to socialize as they enjoy a casual beer tasting from the breweries. Each beer will be paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres that complement the flavors in the beer. All attendees will also take home a souvenir beer tasting glass. Purchase tickets online at ourstate.com/events. Space is limited to 150 people, so sign up today!


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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.

Highlights:

  • 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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Cameron Bar and Grill “Hop” Into Spring April 07 2015

Consumers continue to lift their glasses to all things beer, and restaurants like Cameron Bar and Grill are tapping into the trend. To kick off North Carolina Beer Month, the “Hop” into Spring dinner will include a four-course beer-inspired meal with beer pairings from Deep River Brewing . Using locally sourced ingredients from N.C. farms, guests will enjoy dishes such as Harker Island Oysters Rockefeller, Deep River Mushroom Brown Ale Coq Au Vin Chicken and Deep River 40/42 Stout Brownie a la Mode.

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Zinda Taste of Thai April 08 2015

Ever wanted to take a trip to Thailand? Now’s your chance- sort of. Join Zinda as they prepare a five-course menu that will take you on an authentic culinary adventure through Thailand, exploring rich ingredients and new tastes. Menu items include crispy pork side marinated pork belly, Kaeng Masaman (Muslim Curry), Tom Kai Gai coconut chicken soup and crispy rice noodles with shrimp. To help take down the spice, guest can enjoy beer pairing from Bombshell Brewery.

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Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill Beer Dinner featuring Mother Earth April 09 2015
Chef Janice Castle has created 4 comfort-food inspired dishes to pair with 4 different beers crafted by Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC. First Course Bacon Wrapped Scallop and Grilled Shrimp Weeping Willow Wit Second Course Beer Cheese Soup featuring Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Stout Sisters of the Moon IPA Third Course Cowboy Cup w/ Jalapeño Hushpuppies - Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese and Coleslaw Endless River Kolsch Fourth Course Peanut Butter Pie Dark Cloud Dunkel $43/person includes Tax and Gratuity Contact Shawn to reserve your seat - seating is limited! shawn@shuckersgrill.com or call 919-453-1593 DON'T MISS IT! Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill 510 Glenwood Ave Suite 100, Raleigh, NC

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.

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

Entertainment
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.

PURCHASE TICKETS

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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The Return of the Sip-n-Stroll April 11 2015

Downtown Greensboro’s Most Popular Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

The event is presented by the Greensboro Downtown Residents’ Association and will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1-5 PM followed by an after party concert by Empty Pocket from 5-7 PM at The Railyard.

The annual Sip-n-Stroll is one of Greensboro’s most anticipated events that draws local residents and visitors alike. Participating locations include The Worx, Spice Cantina, Gibb’s Hundred, Mellow Mushroom, Liberty Oak, Beer Co., Crafted: The Art of the Taco, Crafted: The Art of the ?, Zeto Wines, Cafe Europa, Stumble Stilskins, and Scuppernong Books. Discounted appetizer and drink specials will be available during the day of the event.

Tickets are $30 through March 28, $35 from March 29 to April 10 and $40 on April 11. Ticket price includes a souvenir event glass, tastings of wine or beer from each participating location and admission to the after party concert.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.greensborodra.org. All funds raised are donated to public works projects in order to improve Downtown Greensboro and make it a better place for all to enjoy now and in the future.


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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.

Breweries; Asheville Brewing, Deep River Brewing, Double Barley Brewing, Fonta Flora Brewery, Foothills Brewing, Highland Brewing, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Hi-Wire Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, Wicked Weed Brewing

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

Saturday April 11th 2pm-6pm


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Mura Wine VS. Sake April 13 2015

Think sake is a spirit or a kind of wine? Think it has to be drunk warm? Think again! Mura ’s spring dinner will debunk the myths around sake with the help of Mutual Distributing Company Sake Sommelier, Sara Guterbock, and Winebow Imports Fine Wine Manager, Clint Harris. The dinner will include five courses, each paired with a sake and wine, allowing guests to choose which goes best with each course. To add another twist to the event, Mura will be using their fresh-made wasabi relish (not the green paste ball you’re used to seeing) and wasabi root, a rare Asian specialty, throughout many of the courses.

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Sip and Sleuth: Detect Beer Off Flavors at Foothills Brewing April 13 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Any notes of butter or bananas? Wet basement or pennies? Does the beer taste leathery or stale, oily or rancid? Buttery notes are called diacetyl, banana is isoamyl acetate, wet basement is musty and pennies is metallic. There are 32 different off flavors. These off flavors may be common in beer but when present imply something went wrong in the brewing or stoarge of the beer. This event will make you a more sophisticated beer drinker while having fun. Trained beer tasters will lead you and your friends through 24 different flavors. You will also taste 5 different Foothills Beers and together, with your brewing expert, describe the flavors and aromas in each.

The format of this event is seated. You will not be moving from table to table like other Geeks-N-Taps events. The seating is limited.

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Foothills Brewing
638 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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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 charlottebattleofthebrews.com.

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.


Beer Me Brewfest April 19 2015

We'd like to invite YOU to come experience local craft and regional craft beers on National Beer Day.
You'll have the opportunity to sample craft beers from local and regional brewers while experiencing local entertainment, participating in fun activities and celebrating the start of Spring. And all for a good cause! Join our Charlotte NC Beer Festival.

Net proceeds go to Habitat Charlotte and sponsored by Scarlett Properties, RockHouse Events, SportsLink, Yelp, Great Eats & Meats

General Admission - $20 Before March 31

Limited VIP Tickets - $35

WHAT YOU GET

GENERAL ADMISSION
Entry into the Brewfest (1:30-5:30)
4 Hours of sampling
A commemorative tasting glass
Live Music & Entertainment
Games & Activities
Chance to vote best beer of the Charlotte Beer Me Brewfest

VIP
General Admission +
Exclusive Early Entry into the Brewfest (12:30pm)
5 Hours of sampling
$5 Food Voucher
VIP/Bonus votes for best beer

Location: All American Pub Parking Lot (beside Amos' Southend)
1441 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC


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Strange Cargo! An Evening of Barrel Aged Beers April 22 2015

Big Boss Brewing is offering a unique showcase of beers for North Carolina Beer month! A one night opportunity to sample several of our Strange Cargo series, barrel aged beers in one place.  Bourbon, wine, tequila and brandy barrel aged brews from the wall of oak barrels and the first offering from our foudres. A low ticket price of $15 will give you access to this event with many of these beers being final offerings at the brewery.

Since releasing our first sour ale in 2009 the popularity of the style has soared.  We slowly built up our barrel inventory and secured two Italian made oak foudres.  Strange Cargo represents the brand family of Big Boss wood aged beers!  One of the featured beers will be Saints & Sinners:  Aged in oak foeders for six months, S&S is a Flanders inspired ale that captures a refreshing fruit and oak qualities of the vessel. Brewed with corn from Yates Mill, one of the oldest working stone mills in the country (established around 1756) is right here in Raleigh.

Event will be held at:
Big Boss Brewing
1249 Wicker Drive
Raleigh NC, 27604

supply. Limited tickets. 4 ounce samples will be served.

Tickets available at:
http://bigbossbrewing.bigcartel.com/product/an-evening-of-strange-cargo
http://bigbossbrewing.com


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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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Pig Fest 2015 at Natty Greene's Brewing Co. April 25 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, April 25, 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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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.

PURCHASE TICKETS

The Pig Pounder Brewery
1107 Grecade Street
Greensboro, NC 27408


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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

General

  • $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

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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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

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!

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 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.
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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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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