Not that every day, week or month shouldn’t be NC Beer something, but April is officially NC Beer Month. And in recognition, there are about a million beer-related events, opportunities and breweries to explore. What’s stopping you?
Here are five opportunities in the Triangle area – my home – and beyond for you to get your NC Beer groove on and celebrate NC Beer Month.
- Tour de Brew, Raleigh, March 28: What could be better than beer and biking? Okay, so it’s a few days shy of April, but Natty Greene’s Raleigh brewery is hosting bike rides to breweries to raise money for clean water in Africa on Saturday, March 28. Participating breweries include Raleigh Brewing, Crank Arm, Trophy Brewing, Nickelpoint, Big Boss and Natty Greene’s. Rides range from 18.6 miles to 6.8 miles to a 1.6 mile run/jog. Riders can enjoy a pre- and post-ride party. Information and registration: http://tourdebrew.org/march-28-2015-triangle
- World Beer Festival, Raleigh, April 11: Has it really been 10 years since the World Beer Festival came to downtown Raleigh? Well, yes it has, and this year promises “four beer festivals for one ticket.” In addition to all the usual festival fun, there will be a “Beers Made by Walking Festival,” inspired by ingredients you might find on a hike; “Belgian Bier Festival” and the always popular “NC Beer Festival,” with 50 NC beers from 30 local breweries. This year’s $50 ticket promises something more – 4 oz. beer pours – and something less – smaller crowds than past festivals. More at: http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/raleigh-nc/
- Brewgaloo, Raleigh, April 25: A downtown street festival with beer, bands and food trucks, Brewgaloo offers great access to NC breweries, but without the cover charge. Participants can purchase beer tickets — $5 a pint or $5 for five 3-oz. pours – in advance or in person at the event. By far, the shorter ticket lines were for “advance sales,” but either way, you’ll have to show your ID and pick up your official Brewgaloo pint glass. Tickets and brewery list: http://shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/
- Sierra Nevada Taproom now open, Asheville: There are more reasons than you can name for a beer lover to make the trek to Western NC to enjoy the Asheville brewery culture. In fact, Asheville is the host city for this year’s national Beer Bloggers Conference in July. A new and long-awaited attraction is the taproom for the East Coast Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, just outside Asheville. Sign up online for 90-minute brewery tours and tastings: http://www.sierranevada.com/brewery/north-carolina/brewery-tour
- Mother Earth Brewery, Chef and the Farmer and the new O’Neil Boutique Hotel, Kinston: At the opposite end of the state, Kinston is rapidly becoming a destination for beer, fine dining (reservations strongly recommended) and now even a seven-room boutique hotel in a former downtown Kinston bank. In addition to great beer selections, Mother Earth offers spirits and a swanky taproom that rivals anything you would find in a bigger city. The free brewery tour features lots of sustainability features that won the brewery the title of “first LEED-certified brewery in an existing facility.” Brewery information: http://www.motherearthbrewing.com/
These brewery events and opportunities are only the tip of the beer iceberg. Find more NC Beer Month news and events at http://www.ncbeermonth.com/.