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NC Brew, ’Que, Pearls, and Grass • January 1, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. If you can’t throw your own oyster roast on New Year’s Day, head to Trophy Brewing Company to bring in the new year with plenty of beer, oysters, whole hog barbecue, and live bluegrass. Tickets to this family-friendly event can be purchased online here.
Winterfest Beer Festival • Beech Mountain • January 6, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The fourth annual Winterfest Beer Festival will feature more than 50 beers and ciders from craft brewers located across western North Carolina. Advance tickets are $25, and festival proceeds go towards the Beech Mountain Ski Education Foundation.
Beech Tree Bar and Grille • 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Monk Beer Academy: High Gravity Brewing • Asheville • January 9, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. This month’s session of Thirsty Monk Academy — a free, guided tasting class held at Thirsty Monk Brewery & Pub — focuses on high-gravity brewing and high-ABV specialty beers. Register online here to reserve your space and pre-pay for your beer flight.
Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival • Greenville • January 20, 12 p.m-5 p.m. Spend the afternoon sampling beer and wine from more than 50 craft breweries and wineries at the eighth annual Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival. General admission, VIP, and designated driver tickets can be purchased online here.
Wrightsville Beach Brewery Anniversary Party • Wilmington • January 20-21 Wish Wrightsville Beach Brewery a happy “beerthday,” and stop by for live music, beer releases, and more surprises during their weekend-long first anniversary party.
Winter Beer Fest • Charlotte • January 27, 3 p.m-6 p.m. Embrace your love for animals and love for beer at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew’s Winter Beer Fest, which features local brews from 10 cideries and breweries. Online tickets are $20, and include three hours of unlimited beer sampling. Bring your pet along with you, or make new furry friends there.
Heated tents, a silent auction, and live brewing demonstrations are some of the many features that make the NC Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting festival unique. Now in its seventh year, the event welcomes more than 50 breweries to downtown Durham and — new for 2018 — will include an infusion tent serving beer filtered through unusual ingredients. Tickets can be purchased here.