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October 2014

Brewing Quality in Western North Carolina October 24 2014
Western North Carolina is home to a quickly growing craft beverage industry as well as organizations offering support services for small and large brewers. This event will discuss some of those services, as well as other methods for ensuring quality in your finished product.

Quality control methods covered will introduce a range of techniques, from sensory evaluation to laboratory analysis, so there will be something for brewers at all levels of experience and production.

Eric and Tim from Highland Brewing Company will join us to talk about quality assurance and quality control considerations and challenges from the industry perspective. Highland Brewing Company is Asheville’s first legal brewery since prohibition, and a major player in Asheville’s craft beer scene. Producing 40,000 barrels a year, it has an established an in-house quality control lab and procedures. Eric and Tim will provide an insiders perspective on maintaining quality in the craft beer industry.

After the main event, there will be an optional tour of the educational brewery used by the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast as well as BioNetwork's Natural Products Laboratory.

A-B Tech's BASE
200 Haynes (Large Conference Room)
1459 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715

Friday, October 24, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
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Mother Earth Brewing 5 Year Anniversary Party October 25 2014

Celebrate with us ALL DAY LONG on Saturday, October 25th, as Mother Earth Brewing turns FIVE YEARS OLD!

Back in April, we sponsored our first ever Neuse River paddle, a senic canoe and kayak trip down the Neuse River through Kinston to raise money for the Kinston Riverwalk Fund. It was so much fun, we’re doing it again! On the morning of the anniversary party, brewery founders Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring will be guiding a senic, four mile paddle through the heart of Kinston, ending just a few blocks from the brewery. We’ll provide the boats, the equipment, and beers during the paddle; all you need to bring is yourself and a great attitude! You’ll be shuttled from Mother Earth Brewing down to the launch site, and shuttled back to the brewery at the conclusion. You’ll also get to take part in a guided beer tasting at the Mother Earth Tap Room at the conclusion of the tour! The cost to participate is only $25.00, with 100% of the funds raised going to support the Kinston Riverwalk Fund, building over two miles of nature trails along the Neuse River connecting the Kinston Nature Center with the Woodmen Community Center! The paddle will begin at 10am, and conclude around 1pm, just in time for the street festival at Mother Earth Brewing. Space is very limited and will sell out quickly, so contact the brewery today to reserve your spot by calling (252) 208-2437, or emailing

When we opened five years ago, we celebrated with a fantastic set from 90s alternative rockers The Connells, in a show that people have been talking about ever since. So to celebrate this anniversary, we’re bringing The Connells back to Kinston! Formed in Raleigh, NC in 1985, The Connells have released seven full length albums, featuring hits like “74-75,” “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and “Slackjawed.” They’ve toured extensively with acts like Def Leppard and won numerous awards for their 1993 Platinum album “Ring.” We’ll be featuring an afternoon of live music on North St. in front of the brewery headlined by The Connells, with local favorites The Craig Harrison Quartet and J.P. Soars And The Red Hots also playing feature sets. Music starts at 1pm; set times to be announced!

We've released some pretty spectacular beers both as wide releases and as special “Tap Room Only” batches in the last five years, so to celebrate, we’ll be bringing back some greatest hits, as well as introducing some new special brews!

We’ll be open late into the evening, but after the Tap Room closes, come hang out with us across the street at our sister bar, The Red Room, for the official after party! Local favorites The Deluge will take the stage at 10pm and The Red Room will be serving up plenty of delicious Mother Earth brews, as well as wine by the glass and local craft spirits.

Interested in coming down for the party, but concerned about having to drive afterwards? Stay with us in Kinston! The Hampton Inn Kinston Hotel, located just one mile away, is offering a discounted rate for folks attending the anniversary party, and Mother Earth Brewing will be offering FREE shuttle service from the hotel to the brewery and back all day long! The rate will be available for all three nights, Thursday, October 23rd through Saturday, October 25th. Just call the Hampton Inn at (252) 523-1400 and ask for a reservation using the Mother Earth rate. Rooms at this special discounted rate are limited, and are only available until September 23rd, so make your reservation today!

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3rd Annual Osktoberfest - 2014 October 25 2014
The 3rd Annual Osktoberfest is coming to Brevard on October 25 from 6-10pm. Oskar Blues has a special Osktoberfest they will be serving as well as all their other great beers. Come early and enjoy TRANSYLVANIA’S 32ND HALLOWEENFEST!


Bands will be playing through the evening -
6:15 Soldier’s Heart
7:15 The Dead 27’s
9:00 The Broadcast

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Celtober! at Highland Brewing October 25 2014
Location: The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Dates: Sat. 10/25(noon-11:00pm) - Sun. 10/26(noon-5:00pm)
Music Style: Celtic/Rock/Fusion
Food Truck: Appalachian Smoke BBQ

Ticket Information
PREMIUM TICKET: Strictly limited to 250 tickets, admission ALL 3 DAYS, only available by advance sale ... $40
ADVANCE TICKET: Strictly limited to 750 tickets, includes admission Sat. & Sun ... $25
Due to the limited availability of tickets, all sales are final -- no refunds can be issued.
TICKETS AT THE GATE (if available): $25

Highland Brewing
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC

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Homebrew Halloween October 31 2014
Homebrew Tasting Event on Halloween at Sky Lounge (5th floor) of Greenbridge Condominiums at 601 W Rosemary St Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
 6pm-12am Friday October 31st, 2014;

 Costumes: Encouraged; This event is a Halloween party, a charity event, and a homebrew tasting mixed in one awesome night.

Located in the Sky Lounge of Greenbridge Condominiums off of W Franklin St, we come together to drink great beer and raise money for The Pink Fund, a great charity that provides financial aid directly to cancer patients suffering catastrophic financial loss from treatment. Homebrew Halloween starts at 6pm (you can be fashionably late, there will be plenty to go around) until midnight. Costumes are not just recommended, they're required. We're right off of Franklin St and you will want to stroll down with the rest of the costume parade in the evening. We hope to make this an annual celebration so we'll be working extra hard this year to make this event a memorable one. First and foremost, this event is for charity so all proceeds will be donated to The Pink Fund. A ticket will get you entry into the event for all-you-care-to-drink beer, a souvenir tasting glass, and light snacks.

Early bird tickets are $20. Starting October 1st ( if there are tickets left, the price will be $25. At the door (on the off chance we have a few tickets remaining, the price will be $30).
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Halloween Party at Old Mecklenburg Brewery October 31 2014
We will be hosting a Halloween party on Friday, October 31st at our new location. We will be open regular business hours: 11:00am-11:00pm this day with a few special events later in the day. Live music is happening 6:00-9:00 in the Biergarten. We will also be hosting a Halloween Costume Contest. All entries are due by 6:00, and voting will be held from 6:00-8:00. At 8:00 we will announce the first, second, and third place winners. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card, second place will receive a $50 gift card, and third place will receive a free case to take home. Plan to wear your best costume and be one of the lucky ones to take home these great prizes.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
215 Southside Drive
Charlotte, NC 28212

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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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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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