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August 2014

Hop~N~Blueberry Farm Annual Hop Harvest Tour August 23 2014
The Hop~N~Blueberry Farm supply various breweries throughout with fresh hops for "wet hop" beer production. This year we sent hops off the vine to Hi Wire Brewing and Lookout Brewing to be put in the boil within 5 hours from picking them off of the vines. The event will feature a tour of the hop yard and education about hops followed by a tasting of beer made from our hops by Hi Wire and Lookout. Music will be provided by Unnamed Suspects.

Hop~N~Blueberry Farm
24 Middle Mountain Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Tickets are $12.
The event starts at 1 PM until 3PM
Tickets can be purchased on line at on the store tab.

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NC Craft Beer Festival presented by The Wine Room at Afton Village August 23 2014
A North Carolina Craft Beer Festival August 23rd from 2pm - 3pm. Live music, food and several local breweries!

The Wine Room at Afton Village
5401 Village Dr.
Concord, NC 28027

Big Love Fest 2014 August 24 2014
Featuring 150+ indie businesses and community organizations, 2 stages of music and performances, and handcrafted local beer and food from great area kitchens and food trucks!

Performers include: Drunken Prayer, Coconut Cake, Floating Action, Joshua Carpenter and the Natural Causes, Free Radio & more TBA!

For this year’s event, we’ll be teaming up with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, whose 40 years of work to preserve our local natural spaces has protected over 63,000 acres. We’re proud to support their efforts to support area water quality, wild habitats, farmland, and scenic landscapes.

Featuring - Highland Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Co.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pack Square Park

(from the courthouse steps to the Vance monument)

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CASKS FOR A CURE 5 August 25 2014
On Monday August 25th at 6:30 pm, CASKS FOR A CURE returns bigger and better than ever. This year CFAC will be an official Raleigh Beer Week event and will once again be hosted by the good people at Big Boss Brewing.

Join us as we continue this awesome tradition to benefit The ALS Association- Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter.

This event will feature casks and drafts created by some of the best homebrewers the Triangle has to offer. A $10 cash donation at the door gets you access to the event. Both Sol Taco and the Dump Pho King trucks will be on hand to satisfy your hunger.

Make plans now to join us for awesome beer, awesome food, and awesome people. All for a great cause.

Big Boss Brewing
1249 Wicker Dr, Raleigh, NC

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7th Annual High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival August 30 2014
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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Waynesville Beer Festival August 31 2014
This Labor Day Weekend, Waynesville, NC will host the inaugural Waynesville Beer Festival with nearly twenty regional craft beer brewers, bands, food, and a whole lot of fun.

Local brewer Kevin Sandefur, owner of BearWaters Brewing Company, really wanted to bring a dynamic beer festival to Waynesville, and this year Sandefur applied for a $3,000 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. The grant was approved, and Sandefur got to work contacting brewers, band and vendors for the new festival. With more than 20 brewers expected, (and nearly all from WNC) this festival promises to have a great local feel and casual vibe, exactly what you want to see in a craft beer festival.

Tickets are $35 for General Admission Entry to the event, and Includes a souvenir mug, samples during the event, and live music during the day. Designated Driver tickets are $15 and Includes entry into event.

What: 1st Annual Waynesville Craft Beer Fest
Where: Haywood American Legion Ball Field, 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, NC
When: Tickets on sale now for the August 31 event
Tickets: Buy ONLINE or at area breweries - $35.00

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September 2014

Swansboro-Emerald Isle FLAVOR 2014 September 13 2014
Swansboro-Emerald Isle FLAVOR 2014, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00pm - 5:00pm;  Islander Inn & Suites, Emerald Isle, NC; Each guest will receive a complimentary Event Guide with detailed information on each Craft Beer and Wine presented, along with event and demonstration times. This guide will also feature information on participating restaurants and special offers for guests. Speak with representatives from local NC Craft Breweries and learn about the large variety of craft beers from IPA, Pale Ales, Pilsners, Stouts and many more. Interact with local home brewers actually brewing a batch of beer and compete in the White Oak River Home Brew competition. Listen to local chef speak about cooking seafood. Sample a wide variety of delectable seafood creations from the areas finest restaurants while tasting why North Carolina has become the Craft Beer Mecca! For those wine drinkers, get an opportunity to sample great wine from local vineyards right here in our backyard. Enjoy a scenic Hay-Ride style beach cruise down to Bogue Inlet Pier. Visit the our vendors carrying an eclectic assortment of goods. And, simply relax with great beverages and seafood along the majestic Atlantic Ocean.

General Admission
$45.00 ($47.57 w/service fee) Sat. Admission at 1:00pm
- Sample Glass
- Beer & Wine Guide
- Flavor Beer Koozie

VIP Admission
$65.00 ($68.27 w/service fee) includes Friday Night VIP Party (7-10pm)
- Beach Hay-Ride to Bogue Inlet Pier
- Sat. Admission at 12:00 pm
- Sample Glass
- Beer & Wine Guide
- Flavor Beer Koozie.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser at Draft Line Brewing September 14 2014
This event is FREE! Join us for an afternoon/evening of fundraising! We'll be at Draft Line Brewery with cold beer, food trucks, live music, and corn hole! It's sure to be a good time for a good cause!

A percentage of sales during the event will be donated to my fundraising for the "Light the Night" walk, which is being held in Raleigh on October 11, 2014. The funds will go straight to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am walking in honor of my mother, who died in March of this year at the age of 53. You can read more of my fundraising story here:

Please feel free to invite friends and family, as well as share the invite. The goal is to get at least 200 people to attend.

Hope to see you there!!

September 14, 4pm - 8pm
Draftline Brewing
341 N Broad St. Ste 151
Fuquay-Varina, NC

10th Annual Shine to Wine Festival September 20 2014
Over the past 20 years, numerous local farmers have moved into the winemaking industry and the Shine to Wine: Wine, Beer, Spirit & Art Festival gives local brewers, distillers, and producers a chance to display and publicize their craft. The festival also traces the historical development of Wilkes County liquor from moonshine to wine. This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12:00-6:00pm.

The annual Shine to Wine Festival is held in Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro and features live entertainment, art, merchandise, wine, and food. The Shine to Wine Festival has expanded to offer craft beer from local and regional breweries, in addition to spirits from regional distilleries!

General admission is FREE, and wine/beer/spirit tastings are only $20! ($15 in advance) Tasting tickets allow the purchasor to taste all wines, beers, and spirits.

And the variety of BEERS included:
Natty Greene's - Freedom IPA
Lonerider - Sweet Josie
Big Boss - Angry Angel
Triangle Brewing- White Ale
Shock Top - Pumpkin Ale
Olde Hickory - Ruby Lager
With Bud Light, Natty Greene's Buckshot Amber Ale, and Big Boss's Angry Angel on tap.

The Spirits Included:
Blue Ridge Distilling's Defiant American Single Malt Whisky
TOPO-Top of the Hill Vodka
TOPO-Top of the Hill Gin

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Brewgrass Festival 2014 September 20 2014

Each year in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, we gather over 40 American breweries to showcase more than 120 different beers. We add a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. We also feature a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water.

Put all these things together and you have the ingredients for the perfect beer day.

2014 Brewgrass will be held Sept 20 from 1pm - 7pm at Memorial Stadium. Tickets go on sale July 6 at 1 p.m. - 

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Raleigh Fall Brew Fest September 20 2014
The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from North Carolina and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center.

VIP 6:00-7:00 PM
Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP hour with special cheese sampling and beer pairing - Don't miss out! $40 Advance/$45 Day of Event Includes General Admission

General Admission 7:00-10:00 PM

Cool down with unlimited tastings of some of the best brews available - souvenir glass included!"

$30 Advance/$35 Day of Event

Day of tickets available online until 4:00pm . Cash only at door.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds, exchanges, or upgrades.

Charlotte Beerfest September 20 2014
The inaugural Charlotte Beerfest will be held 5–9pm on September 20th, with exclusive VIP sampling 4–9pm at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte! In our inaugural year, Charlotte Beerfest is committed to providing its patrons with the greatest festival experience in all of the country. By combining over 100 craft beers and live music from a nationally touring band, Charlotte Beerfest will prove to be a unique experience unlike any other. For one low price, the Charlotte Beerfest will be offering more than 100 craft beers to sample out of your commemorative sampling glass — courtesy of your friends at the Charlotte Beerfest. These delicious beers are guaranteed to be pouring during all hours of the festival without interruption.

Rain or shine the beers will be flowing underneath our beer tents!

 21 and Over Event

General Admission
- Unlimited tasting of 100 delicious craft beers from 5:00 - 9:00
- A Charlotte Beerfest sampling glass
- Rain or shine event under the concourse of beautiful BB&T Ballpark

Your ticket gets you everything that a General Admission ticket receives plus
- Early entry at 4:00 for an exclusive tasting
- A Charlotte Beerfest t-shirt
- Premium seating for the concert featuring BLUES TRAVELER
- Private VIP bathrooms.
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919 Beer Presents Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival September 27 2014
NC Craft Beer? Great music? You’ve come to the right place.
Where: Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs (map and directions)
When: September 27, 2014 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. Musical performances include The Honeycutters, Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins of The Kickin Grass Band, Dark Water Rising and Skinny Bag of Sugar.

VIP admission begins at noon and will include special kegs from around the state, not available to general admission ticket holders.

General admission opens at 1:30pm.

Tickets will be available on 8/1.

General Admission: $45
VIP: $75
Designated Drivers: $15

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The 4th Annual French Broad Fall Festival September 27 2014
French Broad Fall Fest will be held September 27th, 2014 at the beautiful Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, NC. It will be a celebration of fine craft brews from nearly 20 local and regional breweries. Your $75 ticket price includes a 5oz. commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings throughout the day in our exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. We will have food vendors as well. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it's intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival-goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. French Broad Fall Fest is all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon. Beer sampling through out the day and evening is included in ticket price. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
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2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest September 27 2014
The 2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest will be held on September 27. Watch this space for updates and more details.

The 2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest will be held outdoors at The NC Music Factory on September 27. The NC Music Factory is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

All ticket holders will enjoy:
Live entertainment on the big stage.
The chance to put your skills to the test on games like table tennis, foosball, corn hole and many others. Food vendors serving some of the tastiest brats, hot dogs, pretzels, and more.

About Festival Proceeds
The Carolina BrewMasters have always been dedicated to helping our local community. The Charlotte Oktoberfest provides a great opportunity to make an impact.
During the 15 years of hosting our festival, the Carolina BrewMasters have donated close to $500,000 to local charities.

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October 2014

4th Annual Kernersville Oktoberfest October 04 2014
Featuring fantastic local food and beverages inspired by Kernersville’s German tradition! Come enjoy seasonal beers and wines in our festive atmosphere, all contributing to a great community cause! Kernersville Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 4-7 pm on the lawn at Körner’s Folly. Must be 21+ to attend. All proceeds benefit Historic Körner’s Folly.

Local restaurants will volunteer their time and energy to have delicious German-inspired goodies on hand for sampling. Last year, the event featured bratwurst on the grill, german potato salad, pumpkin spice cupcakes, pretzel sliders, and much more! Craft beer enthusiasts can especially get excited for this year’s celebration. Last year, in addition to great seasonal brews by R.H. Barringer & Anheuser-Busch, the event also featured the newly opened Hoots Roller Mill Brewing Co. of Winston-Salem.  Attendees can look forward to sampling German, Oktoberfest, and Pumpkin brews!

Early bird are tickets $25 (before September 15th); after September 15th, tickets are $30. Tickets are subject to sell out prior to the event, so we recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible. Plus you get an early bird discount if purchased before September 15, 2014! The purchase of a ticket provides each individual with a wristband, a commemorative tasting glass, and complimentary tour of Historic Körner’s Folly. Körner’s Folly will be open for tours from 10am – 4pm the day of the event; tours last approximately 1 hour. Food and beverage vendors will start serving promptly at 4pm. Tickets are non refundable.

To comply with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement regulations, ALL ATTENDEES at this event MUST be 21 years of age and MUST have a wristband. Your valid Photo ID must be shown at the welcome table to obtain your individual wristband and commemorative tasting glass. Law enforcement agents are present to enforce those provisions. Sample tastings from individual restaurants, breweries, and wineries are subject to availability as some may run out prior to the end of the event.

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tickets - $30
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2014 World Beer Festival-Durham October 11 2014
The 2014 World Beer Festival-Durham will be help Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at the Durham Athletic Park.
A chance to sample from over 200 craft and specialty beers from around the world.

Pre-sale begins Wednesday, July 9th at 12pm EST. Subscribe here by 12pm EST Monday & receive pre-sale code.

General public on-sale begins Thursday, July 17th at 12pm EST.

General Admission: $55

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over 200 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: $70
  • Tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over 200 of the finest beers!
  • A bonus selection of rare and unique beers
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!
  • The VIP lounge will be located in a private hospitality area with air conditioning and real bathrooms!
  • Festival commemorative gift
  • 3 issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine!

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Asheville Oktoberfest October 11 2014
The Asheville Downtown Association’s Oktoberfest returns on Saturday, October 11 from 1pm to 6pm on Coxe Avenue on downtown Asheville’s south slope. Advance tickets are $30 through August 31 and are available at Tickets increase to $35 on September 1 and $40 on October 1. Tickets are on sale Friday, August 1 at noon at

Oktoberfest is a 21 and over festival, we encourage you to leave the kids at home. If you must bring children, those eight and up must have a child ticket. Children under 7 will be admitted free. Designated driver tickets are available for $15.

Back for the 6th year is internationally renowned “oompah” band, The Stratton Mountain Boys. Their happy yodeling songs, shoe-slapping dances and lively spirited Polka music are sure to incite dancing in the street and rousing cheers of “Prost!”

Following a parade down Coxe Avenue, the ceremonial tapping of the keg will officially open the festivities. All 10 local breweries from last year’s event are returning including Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Valley Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, Green Man Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing, Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB), Oskar Blues Brewery, Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

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Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival October 18 2014

Lighthouse Beer and Wine puts on this fantastic event once a year, always on the 3rd Saturday of October. Mark your calendars for October 18th for the 13th annual Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival! The festival runs from 1pm-5pm, with a limited number of VIP tickets reaping the benefit of a noon entry and loads of limited beers and this year wine!

Tickets go on sale early summer! And VIP tickets are selling faster each year—so be on top of your game! Click here for tickets, or stop by our fantastic specialty beer and wine store, Lighthouse Beer and Wine.

Over 100 craft breweries, and this year the new addition of wineries, will be all in one place! There’s no better way to try all the best beer and wine available. We want you to find new and exciting beverages that you love to sip. You will want nothing more that to hone your hop tasting, tickle your tongue, and have the best beer and wine tasting day of the year. We make a guide for you to have before you go, we’ve partnered withBrewGene so you  can track and find your favorite beers at the festival, and you can check out our flyer, (download last year’s here in pdf!) if you’d like it to not be interactive–for you lucky wine ticket holders, there will be a printed booklet with all the participating wineries at the wine tent.

Admission includes entrance to the Lighthouse Beer Festival grounds, a glass to sample with, and more beer and wine than you can ever taste in one day. So check out our guide and start planning your beer wanderings for the day. A free shuttle service to the greater Wilmington area will be available after the festival, so go ahead and enjoy yourself. Food vendors will be on site as well, so you can enjoy delicious foods while you explore the world of hops, grape and grain.

As always, a portion of the festival proceeds will benefit The Carousel Center, a non-profit organization committed to assisting victims of child abuse, providing critical care services to children from 15 counties throughout southeastern North Carolina.

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November 2014

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 and wine will be available along with authentic German food, large soft pretzels, and pizza. 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!

Date: November 08, 2014
Time: Noon-6pm
Admission: Starting at $30
Location: Depot Plaza, Tryon, NC 28782 Website:
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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. Craft Beer Festival held by and benefiting Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC - ALL VIP, RARE BREWS, FREE T-SHIRT.
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Attack of the Big Beers! November 15 2014
Attack of the Big Beers is Charlotte’s high gravity beer festival. Belgiums, Big Beers and Bodacioius brews is what the festival is all about. Pick a session and enjoy craft beers from around Charlotte and North Carolina, along with amazing big beers.

Tickets go on sale Sept 16th
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RELEASE THE FUNK - sourfest November 15 2014
Presented by Salud Beer Shop & New Belgium Brewing. November 15th, 2014 | 1 pm - 5 pm

Tickets go on sale Sept 1st at

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