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Hops for Hope • Raleigh • December 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Jam to live music, enter raffle and art auctions, taste test a variety of foods from local food trucks, and enjoy a cold craft beer at Big Boss Brewing. All proceeds for Hops for Hope will benefit Curamericas Global, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that provides healthcare and education for mothers and children in impoverished areas worldwide. Purchase tickets here.

Big Boss Brewing Company 1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604


Prohibition Party • Statesville • December 6, 6 – 10 p.m.

Don your favorite 1920s garb and celebrate the end of the decade by learning a little bit about beer. This pop-up exhibit allows visitors to explore the history of alcohol in Statesville and enjoy a special “Bootlegger” beer from Fourth Creek Brewing.

Iredell Museums 134 Court Street, Statesville, NC 28687


Spirits & Brews “Ho-Ho” Tour • Cornelius • December 7, 11:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

This tour of Lake Norman breweries and distilleries features two behind-the-scenes tours from a professionally trained tour guide, complimentary lunch from Brooklyn South Pizza, door prizes, and three free tastings at each venue. Participants will receive two souvenir pint glasses from Primal and Eleven Lakes Breweries Purchase tickets here.

Ass Clown Brewing 10620 Bailey Road East, Cornelius, NC 28031


Hazy Daze Beer Festival • Fuquay Varina • December 7, 12 – 6 p.m.

Sample a variety of beers, including a few rare releases, from breweries across the state at Aviator Brewing Company. Purchase tickets here.

Aviator Brewing Company 601 East Broad Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


Brownie & Cider Pairing • Cedar Grove • December 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate National Brownie Day at Botanist and Barrel by sampling one of Pastry Chef Deric McGuffey’s four legendary brownies paired with four ciders and wines. Purchase tickets here.

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


Mill Chill 4-Miler • Rocky Mount • December 8, 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Embrace the cold for a cause this holiday season with Mill Chill’s annual race in support of multiple sclerosis at Rocky Mount Mills. At the after party, enjoy food trucks, live music, and craft beers from several local craft breweries. Purchase tickets here.

Rocky Mount Mills 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804


Holiday Dinner and Photos With Santa • Statesville • December 8, 4 – 8 p.m.

The holidays are a time to eat and be merry, so bring your favorite potluck dish to Fourth Creek Brewing. In between greetings, make sure to tell Santa all of your Christmas wishes. Reserve a spot here.

Fourth Creek Brewing 226 West Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677


Beer & Cheese at Blue Ghost • Fletcher • December 10, 6 – 8 p.m.

Experts will guide you through the art of pairing beer and cheese at Blue Ghost Brewing Company, which will pair brews with offerings from cheesemakers along the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. Purchase tickets here.

Blue Ghost Brewing Company 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC 28372


Hot Glass Cold Beer • Star • December 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With all of the events that reveal the beer making process, why not learn how the glasses that hold it are made? During this two-hour hot glass demonstration at STARworks, you can watch the masters at work. After the demonstration, enjoy food trucks and a drink from the bar.

STARworks Center 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC 27356


Ugly Sweater Beer Mile • Aberdeen • December 14, 12 – 2 p.m.

During Railhouse Brewery’s annual Ugly Sweater Beer Mile, participants will drink a 10-ounce beer at the signal and then run a lap, four times. An award will be given for the fastest beer mile and for the ugliest sweater. All participants will receive a custom growler. Purchase tickets here.

Railhouse Brewery 105 East South Street, Aberdeen, NC 28315


Funky Festivus • Charlotte • December 14, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sample new beer releases and enjoy live funk music, arm wrestling, a stein hoisting competition, and a special Festivus menu at Town Brewing. Complete your evening with the airing of grievances.

Town Brewing 800 Grandin Road, Charlotte, NC 28208


SantaCon Bar Crawl • Greensboro • December 14, 3 – 9 p.m.

Don your Santa hat or favorite ugly sweater for one of the most festive bar crawls in the state. Make your way to more than 10 Greensboro bars to enjoy locally brews in your complimentary Santa hat, enter the costume contest, and play a few games to ring in this holiday season. Purchase tickets here.

Stumble Stiltskins 202 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401


Fortnight Before Christmas • Cary • December 15, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lace up your sneakers, tug on your winter coats, and get ready to run this holiday race at Fortnight Brewing Company. Participants can choose from a one-, two-, and three-mile race, and all finishers will receive a Fortnight Brewery pint glass. Purchase tickets here.

Fortnight Brewing Company 1006 Southwest Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 


Stop, Sip, Savor Corks and Kegs Hop • Marion • December 15, 12 – 5 p.m.

Each brewery and winery included on this trail has its own food and beverage pairing for you to enjoy. Collect your stamp and it’s on to the next location! Participants that collect stamps from all four locations will receive a commemorative Joy to Chocolate glass. Purchase tickets here.

Mica Town Brewing 25 Brown Drive, Marion, NC 28752  


Holiday Dessert & Beer Pairing • Asheville • December 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Catawba Brewing Company and Three Eggs Cakery have prepared a delicious four-course pairing. Purchase tickets here.

Catawba Brewing Company South Slope 32 Banks Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801


S’mores and Pours • Beech Mountain • December 30, 6 – 9 p.m.

Cozy up by the fire for s’mores and a frosty pour of your favorite brew at Beech Mountain Brewing Company.

Beech Mountain Brewing Company Taproom & Grill 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604


New Year’s Eve at Deep River • Clayton • December 31, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Groove your way into the new year with Aaron Hamm and the Big River Band, food trucks, and, of course, plenty of Deep River beer.

Deep River Brewing 700 West Main Street Suite 102, Clayton, NC 27520


Black & White New Year’s Eve Party • Winston-Salem • December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Ring in the new eear with a black and white outfit and beer from Foothills Brewing. Celebrate a fond farewell to the past year with food from Mojito Mobile Kitchen, live music, and dancing. Watch the clock, though! You won’t want to miss the midnight champagne toast!

Foothills Brewing – Kimwell Drive 3800 Kimwell Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

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Pusser is a fall 2019 editorial intern.

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