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April 2019 Beer Event Guide

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Battle for Charlotte • Charlotte • April 3, 5-10 p.m.

During this challenge, Charlotte breweries have five hours to sell as much beer as possible. The first brewery to kick the keg or sell the most beer wins the title of Grand Champion Brewery of Charlotte and a guaranteed tap at Carolina Beer Temple for one year. Support the brewery of your choice with your business and enjoy snacks from food trucks.

Carolina Beer Temple 2127 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273

Mill Fest Homebrew Competition • Beaufort • April 6, 12-9 p.m.

See how your brewing skills measure up at this competition sponsored by Mill Whistle Brewing and Crystal Coast Brewing Company. The winner will have the opportunity to brew with Crystal Coast. While homebrewers compete for awards, listen to live music, sip brews on tap, and taste food truck cuisine. Register for this event in person.

Mill Whistle Brewing 1354 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516

Beer & Bacon Festival • Cary • April 6, 12-6 p.m.

Taste bacon-inspired dishes from 12 restaurants and food trucks. Then take your pick of craft beer, wine, spirits, and ciders from more than 75 vendors. VIP ticket holders can also try a variety of macaroni and cheese. Purchase tickets here.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518

Taverns and Trolley Beer Tour • Edenton • April 6, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tour the historic taverns and local highlights of Edenton before stopping for a beer at Waterman’s Bar and Grill, Edenton Bay Trading Co., and the Governor’s Pub. Participants will also watch a demonstration of colonial beer brewing at the James Iredell House Kitchen. Make reservations by calling (252) 482-2637.

Historic Edenton 108 North Broad Street, Edenton, NC 27932

Brew Hop! • Sylva • April 6, 3-7 p.m.

Explore the Jackson County Ale Trail and enjoy two local or regional beers from vendors. Participants will receive a souvenir glass. Purchase tickets here.

Downtown Sylva West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779

Craft Half-Marathon and 5K • Winston-Salem • April 6, 9 a.m.

Kick off North Carolina Beer Month with a race through downtown Winston-Salem. Live music, craft beer, and food will be available. Not running? Enjoy a beer as you cheer on friends from the sidelines. Purchase tickets here.

Foothills Brewing 684 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Whales for Wishes • Charlotte • April 7, 12-4 p.m.

Enter a raffle for a chance to win limited-release beers from some of the highest-rated breweries in the world while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Proceeds will go toward granting wishes for North Carolina kids facing life-threatening illnesses. This year, the foundation hopes to raise $50,000, which will allow them to grant the wishes of eight children. Purchase tickets here.

Resident Culture Brewing Company 2101 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Beer Fest at Fearrington • Pittsboro • April 7, 2-5 p.m.

Sample beer from North Carolina breweries, enjoy Allen & Son Bar-B-Que, and listen to live music at this annual event. Purchase tickets here.

Fearrington Village 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Craft Beer Dinner • Elizabeth City • April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Delight your taste buds with a four-course dinner, which will include country-fried duck breast with goat cheese and a coffee stout ice cream sandwich. Ghost Harbor Brewery will provide five complementary beer selections with the meal. Make reservations by calling (252) 679-7716.

Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine 606 East Colonia Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Funk Down on the Farm • Cedar Grove • April 13, 12-4 p.m.

Sip beer, wine, and cider in a variety of funky styles from more than 25 beverage vendors while enjoying snacks and live music at Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm. This event helps raise money for the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, which supports local farmers and businesses. Purchase tickets here.

Botanist & Barrel 105 Persimmon Hill Lane, Cedar Grove, NC 27231

Tour de Brew • Raleigh • April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Take a cycling tour of six Raleigh breweries, starting with Crank Arm Brewing. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization Water for Good, which provides clean water in Central Africa. Purchase tickets here.

Crank Arm Brewing 319 West Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival • Durham • April 14, 12-4 p.m.

Take your furry friend to the park for a day filled with craft beer and other beverages, local food trucks, doggie wading pools, and live blues music from The Rusted Rails. Attendees can also meet adoptable dogs from the Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS). Proceeds from this event will help APS provide care for homeless animals. Purchase tickets here.

Durham Central Park 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

Seven-Course Beer Dinner • Morganton • April 14, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Chefs from restaurants in the Foothills and Piedmont will prepare seven courses, each of which will be paired with a Catawba Brewing beer. Proceeds from this event will benefit Foothills Conservancy, a nonprofit and nationally accredited regional land trust that protects the landscape of western North Carolina. Purchase tickets here.

Catawba Brewing Company 212 South Green Street, Morganton, NC 28655 

Beers for Beagles VI • Raleigh • April 14, 2-8 p.m.

Eat yummy treats from food trucks, sip Lonerider beer, and enter for a chance to win raffle prizes such as Disney World tickets, a private training session for your pup, and a Bissell Spot Bot. Some vendors at this event will donate a portion of their sales to Triangle Beagle, a nonprofit volunteer organization in the Triangle that fosters beagles.

The Hideout at Lonerider Brewing 8816 Gulf Court, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617

Bike-n-Brew • Charlotte • April 16, 6-7 p.m.

Take a three-mile bike ride along Irwin and Stewart Creek Greenways and learn about the history of Charlotte’s West End and land conservation in Catawba County. After the ride, enjoy a beer from Blue Blaze Brewing. Register here.

Blue Blaze Brewing 528 South Turner Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208

Intro to Homebrewing & NC Beer Tutored Tasting • Hickory • April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Ever wondered how to make your own beer? Learn the science of brewing in the Catawba Science Center’s planetarium and enjoy some local craft beer in the process. To register, call (828) 322-8169.

Catawba Science Center 243 Third Avenue Northeast, Hickory, NC 28601

Brewmasters Dinner • Salisbury • April 18, 6-9 p.m.

Delight in a four-course dinner that includes dishes like beer mash-fed brisket and fried brussels sprouts with candied walnuts. Each course will be paired with a Ridge Railway brew. To register, call (704) 267-7621.

Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery 421 North Lee Street, Salisbury, NC 28601

You Can’t Spell Beers without Bees • Durham • April 20, 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate NC Beer Month and Earth Day with a bee fest! There will be honey beer, live bees, bee-related vendors and products, and a spelling bee with a twist: Audience members can pay for their favorite spelling contestants to stay in the competition. Proceeds will benefit the pollinator project sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful. Register for the spelling bee here.

Fullsteam Brewery 726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

Murder at Sea – An Interactive Murder Mystery • Elkin • April 20, 6-9 p.m.

Join other guests in an evening of plotting and planning to crack a murder mystery and stay alive. Then, take a break to enjoy a cold Skull Camp brew. Register here.

Skull Camp Brewing 2000 North Bridge Street, Elkin, NC 28621

Bocce, Beer, and Bites • Elizabeth City • April 27, 12-5 p.m.

Play bocce ball in a four-person team, eat lunch from Currituck BBQ, listen to DJ Taz-2, and sip a beer from Ghost Harbor Brewing. Proceeds will benefit the Albemarle Area United Way, an organization that works to find solutions to homelessness, domestic violence, educational needs, and more.

Waterfront Park 508 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Hickory Hops Craft Beer Festival • Hickory • April 27, 1-6 p.m.

Take your pick of beer from more than 50 breweries at this event. Listen to live music and restaurants and shops in downtown Hickory. Winners from the Carolinas Championship of Beers will be announced at this festival. Purchase tickets here.

Downtown Hickory 222 Union Square Southwest, Hickory, NC 28601

Lakefront Hops Fest • Mooresville • April 27, 3-9 p.m.

Enjoy a family outing filled with great food, kids’ activities, and craft beer, wine, and cider. Proceeds will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World for children ages 5-12 who are terminally ill or chronically disabled. This event is pet friendly and will take place rain or shine. Purchase tickets here.

LangTree Lake Norman 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, NC 28117

Relay For Life Fundraiser • Southport • April 27, 12-4 p.m.

Dance, enjoy a meal, listen to live music, and sip a brew from Check Six Brewing Company to help fight cancer. A portion of beverage sales and all additional donations will be given to Relay for Life, a nonprofit that aims to help find a cure.

Check Six Brewing Company 5130 Southport-Supply Road Southeast, Southport, NC 28461

This story was published on Apr 01, 2019

Chloe Klingstedt

Chloe Klingstedt is an assistant editor at Our State magazine, a Texan by birth, and a North Carolinian at heart.