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November 2014

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

Annual Weihnachtsmarkt at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery December 04 2014
Kick off the holiday season with a beloved German tradition, the annual Weihnachtsmarkt, Dec. 4-6 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s spectacular 8.5-acre facility in the lower South End.

The Biergarten will be transformed into a marketplace featuring local vendors selling baked goods, crafts and gifts. Visitors stroll and shop while enjoying good beer, Gluh wein (spiced, hot red wine) and food. The market opens at 4 pm on Dec. 4, and OMB’s Yule Bock release and tree lighting at 5 pm that day. Festivities continue 4-9 pm Dec. 5 and 2-10 pm on Dec. 6.

And while you're there, check out branded OMB gift-giving options for the beer lover in your life!

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The Glass Jug - Brewery of the Month Kickoff December 04 2014
Haw River Farmhouse Ales, one of NC's newest breweries will be joining us as our featured brewery for the entire month of December, and to get things kicked off, we're bringing them to the store to sample a few of their beers, while we put a few limited releases on draft.

The super-secret draft beers will be announced as we get closer to the event, but trust us, you aren't going to want to miss this.

The event will also serve as a teaser for our Festivus celebration. It's a great chance to bring in your toy donations for our Festivus Toys for Tots donation drive. Remember, with every toy donation, you get a entered into a raffle for a box full of brewery swag (glassware, apparel, and all sorts of fun stuff). The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, December 11th.

Starts at 5pm

5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF
Phone: 919-813-0135

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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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The Glass Jug - Festivus Celebration December 11 2014
We will be co-hosting a Festivus celebration with Haw River Farmhouse Ales.

Join us and air your grievances and maybe even compete in some feats of strength while we celebrate with some awesome beer from Haw River Ales

More details to come regarding the beer list.

We will be drawing the winning raffle ticket for our box full of brewery swag. To enter the raffle, simply bring in a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and get a free raffle ticket with each donation.

A good time will be had by all.

Starts at 5pm

5410 Hwy 55, Suite AF
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: 919-813-0135

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January 2015

Winterfest Craft Beer Festival at Beech Mountain January 10 2015
Enjoy local craft beer from local breweries at the highest point IN the mountains!!

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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8th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival January 24 2015
Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 3:00 - 7:00pm - provided to you by co-hosts: ThreeSheets:Design and Brews Cruise, Inc.

This year’s Winter Warmer event will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center Asheville (Asheville Civic Center) again, in Downtown Asheville. Thanks to all of you, each year’s festival is bigger and better than the year before - so hopefully, 2015’s Winter Warmer Festival will be the best yet!


We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as the last five years’ events have sold out. This year’s venue allows for a few more to attend, but we have already received many inquiries about this year’s festival, so don’t miss out on this wonderful Winter Warmer!

Non-Profit Partner for 2015
This year, we will be supporting the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) non-profit organization (our partner since 2013...) For 30 years, the Western North Carolina Alliance has been a trusted community partner, marshaling grassroots support to keep our forests healthy, our air and water clean, and our communities vibrant. Utilizing a combination of policy advocacy, scientific research and community collaboration, the Alliance and its chapters throughout Western North Carolina unleash the power of citizens’ voices to protect the natural heritage of our region so that people and the environment can thrive.

For any additional information, or questions about this event,
please email us at

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5th Annual Jolly Skull Beer Festival January 24 2015
Greenville, NC will be hosting their fifth annual beer festival at the Greenville Convention Center on January 24, 2015. This 41,000 square foot venue is a first class, state of the art building located downtown in Greenville, North Carolina at 303 SW Greenville Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834. The festival will focus on 60+ American craft and regional micro breweries with over 150 beers being offered.

There will only be one tasting session with three tickets options. The VIP ticket is $40 if purchased BEFORE 3 Jan, $50 after that date/day of the event and will give you admission from 1 - 6 PM. The General Admission ticket is $25 if purchased BEFORE 3 Jan, $35 after that date/day of the event and will give you admission from 2:30 - 6 PM. The VIP and GA ticket includes unlimited sampling of all beers offered. The Designated Driver ticket (available online only) which is $10 and will give you admission from 1 - 6 PM. There will only be 500 VIP and 3000 total tickets sold. This event will sell out so ensure you get your tickets as soon as they go on sale. Ticket sales will start at 8 AM on Saturday, 6 December 2014.

All proceeds go to charity. We hope that you can join us for this exciting event!

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Queen City Brewers Festival January 31 2015
Roughly 2,000 attendees will enjoy unlimited beer and food samples on Bojangles' Coliseum, the same floor that has seen performances by Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, and was once home to the American Basketball Association’s (ABA’s) Carolina Cougars and the Charlotte Checkers.

Brewers are encouraged to bring one “super” flavor or style of beer especially for QCBF, as the Super Bowl takes place the following day. Works by local artists and live music will be on hand during each of the two tasting sessions:  1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

QCBF’s mission is to spotlight Charlotte’s craft beer industry while raising awareness and funds for ACEing Autism, a non-profit that uses the sport of tennis to connect with children on the autism spectrum.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 6, 2014

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March 2015

2nd Annual All Ale to the Queen - Beer Carnival March 28 2015
The 2nd Annual All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival presented by Superfly Fablous Events, will be the 'Official Closer of the Charlotte Craft Beer Week' in 2015. All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival will be held on March 28, 2015 at Amos' Southend in Charlotte.

Once again All Ale to the Queen promises to be a "one of a kind" event and a "must do" for craft beer lovers in the region. All Ale to the Queen – Beer Carnival takes a different approach by focusing on the unique aspects of beer, with a little WOW factor mixed in.

For those who are lovers of craft beer, All Ale to the Queen brings the Queen's Twin Cloning Challenge, the Joker's Wild Strain Brew Off with honeysuckle, peach and blueberry wildstrains from SouthYeast Labs located in the Carolinas, and a 10 Station Mixology Bar and Mobile Infusers infusing everything from Apple Pie to French Broad Chocolate.

Attendees can expect outrageous fun at this event including music from DJ Allen Rockhouse, amazing aerial performers from Aerial Charlotte, Hula Hooping from the Beer City Hoopers, belly dancers, jugglers, contact ball performers, costumes and more. This is what makes the Beer Carnival a must see. And of course, a Beer Carnival wouldn't be a Beer Carnival without a King and Queen Competition.

The hoopla will surely be a source of laughs and good times, but rest assured, All Ale to the Queen is very serious about beer. In addition to the sampling of dozens of unique and original local and North Carolina brews, this festival will feature several fun ways to enjoy beer and invite the beer community to engage in a little friendly competition, all with the goal of creating awesome beer.

Participants have the opportunity to choose which Grand Tasting they would like to participate in, with either the 1st Session Grand Tasting from 1-4 or the 2nd Session Grand Tasting from 5:30 to 9:30. The festival is only a light rail ride away.

For more information, go to, #AllAle
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April 2015

Brewgaloo 2015 April 25 2015
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

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.

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