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May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

White Rabbit Brewery
219 Fish Drive
Angier, NC

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BLT Steak Charlotte Craft Dinner Series featuring Mother Earth Brewing May 29 2015
The May installment is quickly approaching on Friday, May 29 and Chef Ben Miles has created a four-course prix fixe menu of BLT Steak flavors, paired perfectly with beers from Mother Earth Brewing. The night is an interactive experience where guests will be able to engage with Chef Miles and the expert beverage craftsmen, who will be on hand to share insider knowledge. It starts at 7PM and the menu is attached for you and your readers take a look at. The dinners aim to highlight the best of Charlotte’s thriving and ever growing craft beer scene! Guests interested in attending can purchase tickets at

BLT Steak
110 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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1st annual Durham Blues and Brews Festival May 30 2015

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

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

All of this is included in your ticket purchase!

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

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

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

Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701

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Beer City Festival - Asheville May 30 2015

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

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

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

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


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

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Pig Fest 2015 at Natty Greene's Brewing Co. May 30 2015
Teaming up with Neese's Sausage, Natty Greene's brings you Pig Fest 2015 with proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Pig Fest 2015 will be three hours of all-you-can-eat homegrown pork products featured through four unique Pig Stations.The four different stations (Savory, East vs. West BBQ, Traditional NC, and Ribtastic) will allow guests to try every part of the pig, from snout to tail. Natty Greene's brewers will also offer food & beer pairings, exclusive samplings from their Silo Series, and of course $4 pints in swanky Pig Fest commemorative cups! Boot stomping live music will be playing throughout the event. The day will finish off with a Sooie Contest, where the winner will go home with a Natty Greene's Pig Fest 2015 commemorative package. Saturday,May 30, 2015 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Bunker at Natty Greene's Brewing Co. 1918 W Lee St Greensboro, NC 27403
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Beer Me Brewfest May 31 2015

Charlotte's Beer Festival


Can you think of a better combination of goodness?!?!

We'd like to invite YOU, the Charlotte beer enthusiasts, 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

$25 April 1-May 29
$30 at the Door

Limited VIP Tickets
$40 April 1-May 30
$50 at the Door


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

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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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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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.

Breweries for 2015 Include:

  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Boone, NC
  • Birdsong Brewery. Charlotte, NC
  • Burial Beer Co. Asheville, NC
  • Catawba Brewing Company. Morganton + Asheville, NC
  • Fonta Flora Brewery. Morganton, NC
  • Free Range Brewing. Charlotte, NC
  • Fullsteam Brewery. Durham, NC
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales. Saxapahaw, NC
  • Highland Brewing Company. Asheville, NC
  • Hi-Wire Brewing. Asheville, NC
  • Lenny Boy Brewing. Charlotte, NC
  • Lookout Brewing. Black Mountain, NC
  • McRitchie Ciderworks. Thurmond, NC
  • Pisgah Brewing Company. Black Mountain, NC
  • Salud Beer Shop and Brewery. Charlotte, NC
  • Steel String Brewery. Carrboro, NC
  • Triple C Brewing. Charlotte, NC
  • Trophy Brewing Co. Raleigh, NC
  • Twin Leaf Brewery. Asheville, NC
  • Wicked Weed Brewing. Asheville, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets only $20 - can be purchased at TicketMaster
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North Carolina Brewers Celebration Jun 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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Draft Line Brewing's One Year Anniversary Celebration Jun 27 2015

Come celebrate our One Year Anniversary with us on Saturday June 27, 2015. We will have live entertainment, great food, award winning beer — plus small batch releases — and so much more!

Food Trucks:
- Olio and Aceto, 12-9pm
- Red Eye BBQ, 12-9pm
- Valentino's, 12-9pm
- Pelican's Snow Cones, 12-8pm

Live Music:
- DJ Paul, 12-midnight
- Urban Soil, 5-7pm
- Southern Grace, 8-11pm
- and more... to be announced!

Small Batch Releases:
- One Hot Blonde
- Belgian Pale
- Barley Wine

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July 2015

Appalachian State University 2015 Brewing Short Course (5-day) Jul 06 2015

The Fermentation Sciences program at Appalachian State University will offer a 5-day brewing short course in July 2015 intended for those working within the brewing industry or the advanced home brewer.

Course material is intended to provide the participant with information relevant to testing modules offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) while engaging in thorough discussions around standard brewery operations. Participants will spend each morning in classroom discussions followed by an introduction to production-level sensory analysis. Afternoons will include hands-on coverage of laboratory skills and analysis, finishing the day with sensory sessions based on both major and obscure beer styles from around the world.

There will be hands-on brewing activities focused on recipe development and process control / monitoring. Laboratory sessions are hands-on and intended to provide training as well as an introduction to equipment and basic laboratory setup for a small- to medium-sized brewery.

All course material will be made available in digital format for attendees.

Cost: $1,620 early registration, $1,800 full-cost registration; includes lunch each day.

See for more information.

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11th Annual Summertime Brews Festival Jul 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 Jul 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)

The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

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BLT Steak Charlotte Craft Dinner Series featuring The Unknown Brewing Co. Jul 31 2015
The July installment is quickly approaching on Friday, July 31 and Chef Ben Miles has created a four-course prix fixe menu of BLT Steak flavors, paired perfectly with beers from The Unknown Brewing Co. The night is an interactive experience where guests will be able to engage with Chef Miles and the expert beverage craftsmen, who will be on hand to share insider knowledge. It starts at 7PM and the menu is attached for you and your readers take a look at. The dinners aim to highlight the best of Charlotte’s thriving and ever growing craft beer scene! Guests interested in attending can purchase tickets at

BLT Steak
110 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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September 2015

919 Beer presents Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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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BLT Steak Charlotte Craft Dinner Series featuring The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Sep 25 2015
The September installment is quickly approaching on Friday, September 25 and Chef Ben Miles has created a four-course prix fixe menu of BLT Steak flavors, paired perfectly with beers from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. The night is an interactive experience where guests will be able to engage with Chef Miles and the expert beverage craftsmen, who will be on hand to share insider knowledge. It starts at 7PM and the menu is attached for you and your readers take a look at. The dinners aim to highlight the best of Charlotte’s thriving and ever growing craft beer scene! Guests interested in attending can purchase tickets at

BLT Steak
110 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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BBQ, Blues & Brews Sep 26 2015

This festival is held on Broad Street in the historic Varina downtown district and is an event that features all the things people love about North Carolina...BBQ, Blues, Bluegrass Music and Craft Beer!

This fundraising event is Fuquay-Varina's way of supporting the upcoming, regional International Bluegrass Festival and for people to enjoy a friendly, competitive, delicious BBQ Cook-Off. Guests are encouraged to visit all 3 contest zones to sample delicious BBQ, savor a great & unique selection of craft beers and enjoy a variety of blues and bluegrass music provided by our event partners, Aviator Brewery, Draft Line Brewery, the Brick Bar & Grill, and the Fainting Goat Brewing Company.

BBQ, Blues & Brews is an "Open" competition destined to be as popular as our annual Chili Cook-Off which will be held on November 7th. Like that cook-off, the BBQ Cook-Off is designed to be easy, laid back, fun and profitable for contestants as they compete for bragging rights and Prize Money. This contest is not a KCBS sanctioned event.

1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $300

Winners are chosen through a "blind judging" by a panel of 3-5 judges, some of which are KCBS certified.

People's Choice Award (Public votes to determine the winner): Hand Carved & Engraved Wooden Pig Cutting Board

Admission is free.

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

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October 2015

17th Annual The Charlotte Oktoberfest Oct 03 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Please drink responsibly.

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November 2015

3rd Annual CiderFest NC Nov 07 2015
DATE: Saturday, November 7th
LOCATION: Western North Carolina Farmers Market
TIME: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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