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August 2014

Beer Bourbon BBQ Festival - Cary August 01 2014
Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.

Souvenir Glass For Tastings
Unlimited Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.
BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and any fixin’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters
Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music and great Bluegrass on The Main Stage.
Enjoy the Great Contests on the Main Stage: BBQ Bean Eating Contest and the BBQ Babe Contest.
Browse Cool Exhibits of Brewerania, hot sauces, bbq accessories, and even a cigar tent for all guests.
Lots of FREE Parking!!!!
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR *Advance ticket purchasers have priority entry.

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Hops & Shop Market! August 01 2014
The Hops and Shop Market features 8 Amazing NC Craft Brewers and 40 Incredible Craft Artisans, it's North Carolina's Craftiest Market! The idea is simple, promote and support local NC Breweries & Artisans while helping to raise awareness and funds for a worthy charity like the Pretty In Pink Foundation.

The Hops and Shop Market will be Friday August 1st at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh's Historic City Market from 5pm-10pm. Admission is ONLY $10 which gets you a sample glass and punch card good for 10 beer samples from Double Barley Brewing, Gizmo, White Street Brewery, Raleigh Brewing, Crank Arm, Mystery Brewing, Deep River Brewing, & Aviator Brewery and access to shop over 40 of the top Artisans in NC! Best of all the $10 Admission goes to a local charity The Pretty In Pink Foundation helping those who are fighting breast cancer.
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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America - Southeast Edition August 03 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Time: 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Price: $30 - $65
Venue: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River
21+ (I.D. @ Door)

This summer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is throwing an unprecedented seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it’s stopping in Mills River. Sierra Nevada invited every U.S. craft brewer—around 2,800—to serve their beers at the festival location nearest them. Beer Camp Across America is a celebration for the entire craft beer community, bringing together brewers and the fans who’ve helped them thrive. Visit for festival tickets and to see which local and regional brewers will be featured at the Southeast edition. In conjunction with the festivals, Sierra Nevada partnered with a dozen exceptional craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one mixed 12-pack—another first in the craft beer world.
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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Tasting - First Street Draught House-Winston Salem August 08 2014
They will be offering flights of each of the collaborations.

First Street Draught House-Winston Salem
1500 W 1st St, Winston-Salem, NC

Summer Stretch Festival August 09 2014
Welcome to the first festival dedicated solely to stretching out the essence of summer fun. Our goal is to have one last “hurrah” before “school, fall, harvest, etc” take over.

Sugg Farm is an experience in and of itself. This beautiful piece of land is laid out perfectly to host our first Summer Stretch Fest, and hopefully many more to come. Make history with us, as we kick off the event that we will remember as the one that started it all!

The festival will feature some of the best local food trucks, restaurants, bakeries, and growers around. Fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, ice cream, snow cones, and all “cool down” novelties that we can muster will receive a Summer Stretch spotlight. There will be plenty to try, and all will be perfect for taking back to your picnic blanket by the stage. Picnic Tables and Shade Stations will also be available.

We’re amazed at the number of knockout micro breweries popping up in the Southwest Wake area, and all throughout the triangle. Summer Stretch is the perfect opportunity to cool down, and relax with local flavor at your fingertips.

Sugg Park Farm
Holly Springs, NC

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Crank Arm Brewing One Year Anniversary Celebration August 09 2014
Join Crank Arm Brewing in marking their incredible first year!

Come enjoy One of a Kind Beers, food and live music in a family-friendly environment.

Saturday, August 9th - Noon to 11PM

Crank Arm Brewing
319 W. Davie St. Raleigh

High Gravity Games @ Brueprint Brewery August 09 2014
The High Gravity Games at Brueprint is a tribute to 3 of our favorite things - Functional Fitness, Team Competition, and Beer!!!  This 1 Day, 2 person team event is followed up by a beerfest!  A festival atmosphere, the best run functional fitness events in the business, and an opportunity to sample some of the best craft beer around!  You don't want to miss this one!

Register Now and Take Advantage of Early Bird Discounts!

Promo Code: earlybird

Now Get $5 OFF Beerfest Tickets!
Enter Promo Code: 5OffBeerfest at checkout!

Beerfest Details - Unlimited Tastings from 4:30pm -7:30pm

-Beerfest Ticket cost includes spectator ticket for fitness event, and beerfest admission! ALL participants will require valid photo ID.
- 5 of The BEST local Craft Breweries - including Brueprint, Fortnight and Draftline! Unlimited Tastings from 4:30pm til 7:30pm.
- LIVE BAND! The Beernutz!!
- Great food! The best Food Trucks around!

CrossFit Embark and Brueprint Brewery
1229 Perry Rd
Apex, NC 27502

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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Beer Dinner Summer Series - Fullsteam Brewery August 13 2014
Join us as Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery, located in Durham, NC, crosses the Tobacco Road to team with Executive Chef Jason Cunningham and Chef de Cuisine Murray Healy in presenting a four-course prix-fixe beer-inspired menu. Start with a beer reception and celebrate the evening with five Fullsteam beers including a brand new surprise beer. Be one of the first to sample it in Durham. Seating limited.

August 13
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd. Durham

Reserve Tickets

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Riverwalk Summer Session Fest August 16 2014
Session beer. Food truck rodeo. Live music. Riverwalk, Hillsborough NC.

August 16. Noon to 6pm.

Free parking is available at the Gateway Center in downtown Hillsborough, right at the entrance to Riverwalk.

Sponsored by The Wood Nickel, Mystery Brewing and LaPlace Louisiana Cooking

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Grand Opening for Craft Beer - Lafayette Village August 16 2014
We are having our official grand opening for our Lafayette Village location on Saturday, August 16th.

Brewery Time Slots

Noon- 2:00 - Wicked Weed, Brüeprint, White Street, Lonerider

2:00 - 4:00  - Olde Hickory, Raleigh Brewing, Southern Pines Brewing

4:00 - 6:00 - Big Boss, Carolina Brewing, Gizmo Brew Works, Deep River

6:00 - 8:00 - Double Barley, Mystery Brewing, Bombshell, Aviator

There will be a southern food event at Lafayette Village.

We will be doing raffles and giveaways all throughout the event.

Crafty Beer Shop - Lafayette Village
8450 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 108
Raleigh, NC 27615

Craft Beer Brewing class at Wake Tech August 19 2014
Craft Beer Brewing Part 1: Fermentation, Brewhouse, and Packaging Operations. Craft beer brewing is on the rise. This course will help prepare students for entry-level work in craft breweries. The course will involve hands-on training at various Wake County breweries and will explore fermentation, cellar operations, instruments, malting, hops, clarification, racking room operations, bottle shop operations, and more. Students will also produce beer as a group to show their understanding of principles learned in the classroom and field environments.

Next class begins 8/19 and a second Fall class in October - Registration is Open!

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NATURAL SELECTIONS: THE WAKE COUNTY SCIENCE AND BREWERS EXPO:  Aug. 21, 2014 ,Thursday, 6:00pm: Must be 21+, and a photo ID is required for entry. Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Raleigh; Fee: $25; $20 for members Natural Selections: Wake County Science & Brewers Expo, Thursday, August 21, 6-9pm. Discuss the science of brewing; Sample local beer.Join the brewers of Wake County at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh for a one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science. At the sampling session, more than a dozen brewers will offer unique creations fitting the Museum’s natural science focus. Sit in on discussions about fermentation, flavors and the engineering of beer. Learn more from local environmental groups and the work they do. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Museum.
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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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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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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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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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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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