NORTH CAROLINA, April 12, 2013 – As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love the middle of April’s spring and oncoming summer weather in North Carolina, the state is ocusing a great deal on spreading the word about North Carolina beer to local residents and beyond.
An effort by the North Carolina Division of Tourism and the NC Brewer’s Guild, North Carolina Beer Month isn’t so much a centralized event as it is a meta-exhibition of the craft beer industry in the state that I’ve been happy to call my home since early 2012. With events that stretch from all over the state, Beer Month provides residents and visitors the chance to see why North Carolina is quickly gaining the reputation as the beer Mecca of the East.
It’s not actually possible to cover all of the events that have been happening and are going to happen throughout the month. However, looking through the massive list, I’ve decided to point out some of the events that are particularly worth the trip. It’s easy to say that every event is worth taking a look at, but as reluctant I might be, I must be realistic.
Raleigh World Beer Festival – April 13
Yes, I’ll be sticking with Raleigh events for this coverage. However, the World Beer Festival, which is only in two days as of this writing, claims a better part of the downtown area for one day. Last year’s festival saw more than 100 breweries from all over the country (and international) participating in the event. Goers this year can expect the same situation for around $45-50 per ticket. There are two sessions that happen – 12 noon - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. – but last I checked, the 6 p.m. session was already sold out.
If you do get a ticket, I would advise that you expect quite the process of getting a parking spot and getting around; the festival is known for getting quite dense.
A Taste of Holly Springs – April 19
Holly Springs lies in Wake County along with Raleigh, but sits in the far Southwest outside of the city. For the past few years, the town has hosted A Taste of Holly Springs, which provides visitors samples of local eateries and drink. Carolina Brewing Company calls Holly Springs their home, and is currently the only operating brewery in the town. However, three more are expected to open in the coming months, including Nano Brewing and Bombshell Brewing.
Bombshell and Nano will be pouring some of their beer for the event, which runs from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Raleigh Brewery Tour – April 20
As if most beer geeks in Raleigh already feel positively overwhelmed by the vastness of breweries in the area alone, there’s a tour to put it all in perspective. The Raleigh Brewery Tour may be happening once this month, but the event is actually expected to occur once per month until October.
Participants will go on a four hour excursion through Greater Raleigh and experience a handful of breweries that operate in the city, including Natty Greene’s, Roth Brewing Company and Lonerider. This is just a taste of was Raleigh offers, but the exposure to what Central NC beer is all about will be quite satisfactory.
Brewgaloo 2013 – April 27
While the World Beer Festival covers breweries from all over, Brewgaloo aims to keep the focus strictly on North Carolina beer. The six hour event in Raleigh will be held in the City Plaza, and will offer tastings of breweries from all over the country.
Some of the breweries to look out for here include Deep River Brewing, Foothills, Big Boss, Aviator, Mash House, Starpoint, Mystery Brewing and more.
I’ll hopefully be covering some of the events listed on here (and some others that haven’t) for Communities Digital News, as well as a new site I started up called Craft Beer Chat. To learn more about NC Beer Month, visit the official site here.