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October 2014

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November 2014

RailHawks to host 3rd Annual Homebrew Soktoberfest November 01 2014
Soktoberfest tickets start at $10 and include access to the Lonerider Brewing Co. beer caddy, Crown Royal sampling, home-brew samplings from over 20 homebrewers and a vote in the Homebrew Competition. Live local music will be presented by
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Raleigh Brewfest November 01 2014
The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around North Carolina and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors.

This event benefits NC Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC), one of the oldest therapeutic riding programs in North Carolina. For over 30 years, NCTRC has continued to bring the fun and excitement of horseback riding, with its many physical, cognitive, and psychological benefits, to children, teens and adults with a variety of special challenges.

4-5 pm VIP Session
Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP hour with a special cheese and beer pairing.

Don't miss out!

$45 advance/$50 day of event
Includes General Admission

Purchase Tickets Here

Sample some amazing brews throughout the night and listen to some great live music!

5-8 pm General Admission
$35 advance/$40 day of event

We're having a halloween theme with a constume contest. Show us what you got!

Cardinal Hall
6015 Lead Mine Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612

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Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening November 01 2014
Live music by Time Sawyer, Of Good Nature, Little District, and Dust & Ashes.

Good eats by Yummi Banh Mi, Papa Libretto's Street Pizza, and Hot Box Next Level Street Food.

Fresh, tasty beer colder than your ex's heart!

Saturday, November 1at 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

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1st Annual Burnpile Harvest Fest November 01 2014
Burial Beer Co. September 14, 2014— November 1, 2014 marks the first annual burn pile harvest festival at burial beer co.’s taproom from 2-10PM. seasonally inspired craft beer from over 20 breweries across western north Carolina will be pouring - many beers brewed just for the event. Come celebrate a season with creative and delicious NC brews.

To date we have the following Asheville Area breweries committed: Asheville Brewing Co., Altamont Brewing Co., Catawba Brewing co., French Broad Brewing Co., Greenman Brewing Co., Highland Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, One World Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Twin Leaf Brewery and Wicked Weed Brewing. As well as Bird Song Brewing (Charlotte, NC), Fonta Flora Brewing (Morganton, NC), Fullsteam Brewing (Durham, NC), Innovation Brewing (Slyva, NC), Mystery Brewing (Hillsborough, NC), Natty Greenes Brewing (Greensboro, NC), Nanahala Brewing (Bryson City, NC), NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC), Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (Charlotte, NC), Sub Noir Brewing (Raleigh, NC), Trophy Brewing (Raleigh, NC), Haw River Farmhouse Ales (Saxapahaw, NC) + Unknown Brewing (Charlotte, NC).

We will also be featuring a seasonal cider from Asheville’s Urban Orchard Cider Co.

Burial Beer Co. will be turning out some special brews for the event like our once a year Slasher Sweet Potato Porter and our new Apple Tripel (to be named) brewed with hickory nut gap farm fresh apples.

This is not a ticketed event. We will be selling a commemorative event glass plus three beer tickets at the door. extra beer tickets will be available to purchase as well. Cash and Credit card will be accepted. Please remember to tip your bartenders!

We will have live music from 6:30-9:30 from the Hermit Kings and the Nude Party!

River City Rhythm & Brews November 08 2014
A celebration of craft brew and local music featuring the Danial Jordan Band, Full Deck, Go Figure and Fuze.
Proceeds benefit Arts of the Albemarle.

Saturday Nov 8th, 6-10pm
Mariner's Wharf Park Downtown Elizabeth City

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3rd Annual Tryon Beer Fest November 08 2014
The Tryon Downtown Development Association presents the 3rd Annual Tryon Beer Fest! It will be held on November 8th, 2014 from noon til 6pm in the Tryon Depot Plaza. An array of craft beers will be available along with an oyster roast, authentic German food, and other treats. Non-alcoholic beverages and water will be available. Live Bavarian music will be played during the day then we'll rock out with a live band and an oyster roast in the evening! We've done away with sampling tickets, so admission gets you unlimited beer and wine samples. Rain or shine, come joins us in the sun or under the tent! You're guaranteed a uniquely fun time as you ‘Tap Into Tryon’. PURCHASE TICKETS
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Southern Season Beer Extravaganza and After Party November 08 2014
Southern Season Beer Extravaganza and After Party, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Sat., November 8;  There will be various local and national craft breweries, and cideries sampling as well as food vendors, home brew accessory vendors and live music. We will also have a “Sip From the Porron” area where for $1 donation to Share the Food, you can try your hand at drinking Spanish cider from the porron, a traditional Spanish pitcher. Giveaways will be done periodically over the three hour time period and the winners of the Southern Season Home Brew contest will be announced at 4:30 p.m.
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Brew Durham 5 Homebrew Festival November 08 2014
Brew Durham is a beer festival that celebrates the art and craft of making home brewed beer. This event was started in 2011 by local home brewer Keil Jansen as a fundraiser to benefit The Scrap Exchange. Home brewers naturally embody a DIY and creative spirit that is also a hallmark of The Scrap Exchange mission, and the festival easily blossomed into an annual event.

The festival takes place at The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center in Durham.  Attendees will be invited to taste 40 types of beer crafted by 30 of the Triangle’s finest home brewers.

Brew Durham 5 also includes a  tasty treat for ticket holders – food served by local restaurants prepared with local ingredients! Local Durham restaurants have teamed up with The Scrap Exchange and brewers to provide a delicious sampling of small bite appetizers prepared specifically to accompany the home brew during the festival.

Brew Durham 5 will include two tasting sessions:
Session 1 runs from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Session 2 runs from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Advance tickets cost $35 per session, and can be purchased online at Want to attend the event with friends or family as a designated driver? Advance tickets for designated drivers (no alcohol) are available for $15.   Small-bite appetizers are available during the event for all ticket-holders.

(Be sure to buy your tickets in advance here on Eventbrite!  Tickets at the door will cost $40 for beer tasting tickets, or $20 for designated driver tickets.)

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Crystal Coast Hop Fest November 15 2014
3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival to benefit the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House. November 15, 2014.

A 100% Charitable Craft Beer Festival to benefit the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC that opened July 1st, 2013 and has served over 200 patients and families. There will be beers from over 40 breweries and speciality beers from around the United States. All tickets will include keepsake glass, t-shirt, Bavarian style bar food, and entertainment by Bob 93.3. Please understand that we cannot allow anyone under 21.



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Release the Funk 2: Electric Funkaloo November 15 2014
Presented by Salud Beer Shop & New Belgium Brewing. November 15th, 2014 | 1 pm - 5 pm

Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa on Nov. 15 from 1-5 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $65 (includes all fees) and will be available at starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 1. This includes a tasting glass and unlimited beer samples; food from Three Amigos will be available to purchase separately.

In attendance this year will be Lauren Salazar, a wood cellar manager and sensory specialist at New Belgium. Lauren plays a key role in blending her brewery’s sour and wood-aged beers, such as La Folie, Le Terroir and Transatlantique Kriek. She visited Charlotte last year to oversee the blending of Funkaversary, a beer that New Belgium and NoDa Brewing collaboratively brewed in honor of Brawley’s Beverage’s tenth anniversary.

Breweries are still being finalized and there will be a few surprise beers, but the following breweries are on board to pour at the event:
Allagash Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Avery Brewing
Bell’s Brewing
Birdsong Brewing
Cascade Brewing
D9 Brewing
Evil Twin Brewing
Fonta Flora Brewery
Free Range Brewing
Fullsteam Brewery
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing
New Holland Brewing
NoDa Brewing
Steel String Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing

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3rd Annual Crystal Coast Hop Fest November 15 2014
A 100% Charitable Craft Beer Festival to benefit the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC that opened July 1st, 2013 and has served over 200 patients and families. There will be beers from over 40 breweries and speciality beers from around the United States. All tickets will include keepsake glass, t-shirt, Bavarian style bar food, and entertainment by Bob 93.3. Please understand that we cannot allow anyone under 21.

VIP Crystal Coast Hop Fest Ticket
Entry is at 4pm-8pm, tickets include keepsake glass, tastings of beers, t-shirt, and Bavarian style bar food. Must be 21 and no refunds. Buy your tickets now because they will go FAST! Tickets at door will $60.

Designated Driver Ticket
Driver must be 21. Ticket includes t shirt, glass, and food voucher. He/she will NOT get beer voucher.

Crystal Coast Hospice House
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
Morehead City, NC

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Brews & Barrels for Belle 2014 November 16 2014
Purchase a $40 ticket to attend the Brews & Barrels for Belle wine, beer & food tasting event at Deep River Event Center, Friday Nov. 14th from 6 to 10 p.m. This beautiful location is conveniently located in the heart of the Triad, right off the NC-68 exit from I-40, near Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Sample at least 2 tastings from each of the following businesses:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Boondock's Brewing
The Brewer's Kettle
Carolina Brewery
Foothills Brewing
Great Lakes Brewing Company with Caffey Distributing
Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in High Point
Natty Greene's Brewing Company
Pig Pounder Brewery
Stone Brewing Co

The "Belle Raisers," a local group dedicated to raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is hosting the event. The Hanson family started this group shortly after their daughter, now 3 years old, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) the Monday after Father's Day in 2011 when she was only one-month old.

Plan to have an enjoyable evening out with friends or coworkers, a date night with a special someone or just a nice way to relax at the end of the week all while helping cure Cystic Fibrosis.

-Fill your BBforB commemorative glass with beer and wine tastings.
-Enjoy food tastings local restaurants provide.
- Get your picture taken by a local professional photographer - yours to keep to remember the night.
-Bid on popular items in silent auctions.

Online ticket sales end midnight 11/13/14. After that time, they can be purchased at the door (if any remain) for $50.

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8th Annual Black Friday Cask Festival November 28 2014
The NC Black Friday Cask Festival is alway scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving from 3:00pm to 8:00pm! Tickets are available through Eventbrite or you can buy them at the door. This cask festival features only NC breweries. A Cask, is a special keg that they beer has been naturally carbonated in and the beer is served at cellar temperature (55F). Many of the casks have been specially dry hopped and/or have had specially ingredients added to the beer.

This event is 21 years or older. Food Truck’s are on premise throughout the event. DJ Ras J is typically here spinning the tunes.

Triangle Brewing Company
918 Pearl Street, Durham, NC 27701

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December 2014

3rd Annual Alzheimer's Homebrew Competition December 09 2014
American Brewmaster 3rd Annual Alzheimer's Homebrew Competition!

The Best of Show from the people's choice will be invited to brew their winning beer on Fortnight's Pilot System, which will then be served in the Fortnight Pub. Ingredients donated by American Brewmaster.

To be held Tueday, December 9th from 7pm to 10pm. The event will take place at AMERICAN BREWMASTER & FORTNIGHT BREWING COMPANY co-located at 1008 SW MAYNARD RD in CARY, NC.

Last year was great fun, and this year will be even better! We are working hard to bring you some great giveaways,and the homebrew promises to be delicious and amazing again. Register to become a beer judge for the people's choice. Hey. We need folks to come out and sample some of the best, freshest, most creative and wildest beers being brewed in the Triangle! That's what the people's judge is. Anybody who enjoys good beer will qualify. You do not have to be a beer connoisseur to help judge the people's choice round. Please note, there is no cost to come and enjoy the beer, but since this is a fundraiser, we'd like to suggest a donation at the door. Not only are you doing good, you will be eligable to attend the Alzheimer's Homebrew Competition and participate as a people's judge, sampling all the wonderful homebrew.

It will be a night to remember.

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January 2015

Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting January 24 2015

The Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting was created to provide the beer enthusiast with the ultimate beer experience! We are providing 40 Rare and/or Vintage beers poured by brewery representatives in an intimate environment, allowing attendants the opportunity to learn what makes these beers special and those that brewed them.

Appetizers, bottled water and sodas are included in the ticket price. Attendance is limited and tickets will sell fast. A link to purchase tickets will be available on November 1 on this site.

A list of beers being brought by participating breweries can be found on the Breweries & Beers page.

100% of the net proceeds from ticket sales will be going towards the awareness missions of Toxic Free NC, and Pint for Prostates, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke. Last year we raised almost $13K and hope to raise much more this year!

Saturday, January 24, 3pm-6pm

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