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National IPA Day• Charlotte • August 1, 4-9 p.m.
Take an IPA-focused brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company to celebrate National IPA Day. Custom IPA flights will be served, and customers can purchase an IPA glass for $2 when they order any IPA on draft. Register here.
Prepare your taste buds for delicious fruity and floral flavors. At Honeygirl Meadery. Order a strawberry session mead, including Strawberry Yuzu, Strawberry Vanilla, and Strawberry Elderflower. Take home a bottle of Lavender Lemonade or the Ginger Peach session, and try a $5 tasting, featuring meads from four North Carolina meaderies.
Purchase a beer at The Glass Jug Beer Lab and help children in need. For every beer purchased, $1 will be donated to Cisco brewery’s Hops for Hope team. Hops for Hope is an organization that pairs corporate companies with local breweries to collaborate and create a new beer. Proceeds from the Hops for Hope fund-raisers and competition will benefit Children’s Flight of Hope, a nonprofit that provides air transportation to children who need specialized medical care.
This after-hours event at the WNC Nature Center will feature beer, cider, and food trucks. Check out the Nature Center’s newest addition, red pandas Leafa and Phoenix, at this family-friendly event. Purchase tickets here.
This beer-meets-music festival, coordinated by Oskar Blues Brewery, will boast more than 70 craft breweries, food trucks, a camp site, and music headliners like Moon Taxi and Here Come the Mummies. Purchase tickets here.
Sample a variety of beers from more than 20 North Carolina craft breweries while surrounded by exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Play games, learn about the science of beer making, listen to live music from The Jason Adamo Band, and vote for your favorite beer. Purchase tickets here.
Grab a lawn chair for a relaxed evening outdoors listening to music and drinking beer in The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s beer garden. A handful of hop-focused breweries will serve samples of beer while North Carolina musicians entertain guests. Purchase tickets here.
Listen to live blues music while enjoying a plate full of barbecue and a glass of craft beer at this event in downtown Marion. Attendees can see a car and motorcycle show, observe a barbecue cook-off, and watch little ones bounce in inflatables.
Celebrate fall a few months early at Hi-Wire Brewing with beer, brats, and pretzels; a hot dog eating contest; and a variety of games, including an obstacle course, grain sack toss, and a tricycle race.
Meet with multiple craft brewery vendors and taste beers that are created all over the country, including lagers and ales that aren’t usually available in the Asheville area. Attendees can also enjoy Buxton Hall BBQ and live music. Purchase tickets here.
Sample craft beer and cider from more than 50 breweries at the High Country Fairgrounds during this 12th annual festival. Proceeds from this event will benefit the chemistry and fermentation sciences program at Appalachian State University. Purchase tickets here.
Taste a batch of High Branch Brewing’s annual IPA made with local honey from Bryan Fisher at this event. Pair your beer with a free, special honey doughnut from Downtown Donuts, and enjoy live music from the Little Blue Fish Band.
Jam out to a blend of live rock, blues, and Motown music from The Back Porch Rockers while sipping a beer from Check Six Brewing. This event is free, but donations will benefit the Providence Home, an organization that helps troubled teens in Brunswick County.
Take your friends and family to the ballpark to try your pick of nearly 100 different beers from 34 local and regional vendors. Fill up on food truck fare, enter the silent auction, and take part in a variety of baseball-themed activities. Children are welcome and can play in the Kidzone area. Purchase tickets here.
Sample drinks from multiple North Carolina brewery and winery vendors at the Blue Ridge Theatre. Attendees can also watch or compete in a steak cook-off competition. Or, if barbecue is more your thing, watch or compete in a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned cook-off. Purchase tickets here.