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Winterfest Beer Festival • Beech Mountain • January 5, 4-8 p.m. 
This fifth annual event offers 40 varieties of regionally brewed beer and cider, as well as food and live music. The event benefits One Vet at a Time, an organization that helps veterans reintegrate into their communities after their service. You can purchase tickets to the festival here.

Beech Mountain Resort Ski Lodge • 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604

Oak City Brewing Turns 3! • Knightdale • January 6, 12-8 p.m. 
This family- and dog-friendly brewery next to Knightdale Station Park will celebrate its birthday not with candles and cake, but with beer and a bonfire. Join the celebration for live music, food trucks, and glassware giveaways.

Oak City Brewing Co. • 616 North First Avenue, Knightdale, NC 27545

Beer Education Night Off Flavor Class • Charlotte • January 7, 4:45-7:45 p.m. 
Does this beer taste funny, or is it just me? Find out the answer to this question at Pilot Brewing’s third Beer Education Night, where a certified beer professional will teach you how to taste flaws in beer and how to correct them during fermentation. Tickets are $20, and seating is limited — email to buy tickets in advance.

Pilot Brewing • 1331 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Wild Game Beer Dinner • Mills River • January 23, 6-9 p.m. 
Enjoy a wild game, multicourse meal with specialty beer pairings, all created just  for this event. The chefs and brewers will be available to describe their work and sustainable practices. Buy tickets for the dinner here.

Sierra Nevada Brewing • 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732

NC Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting • Durham • January 26, 2-6 p.m. 
Fifty breweries from across the country will bring batches of rare or vintage brews for the eighth year of this special tasting event. There will be a variety of styles and flavors to please the most (and least) adventurous taste buds. Proceeds serve as a fund-raiser for Pints for Prostates.

Durham Athletic Park • 500 West Corporation Street, Durham, NC 27701

Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival • Greenville • January 26, 12-5 p.m. 
The ninth annual Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival will offer more than 125 beers and wines from more than 50 breweries and wineries. Buy festival tickets for VIP and general admission here.

Greenville Convention Center • 303 Southwest Greenville Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27834

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Kaia Findlay was one of Our State's fall 2018 editorial interns.