We love a good winter porter, but the first signs of spring have us craving an easy-drinking Kölsch or a refreshing sour. Enjoy freshly-tapped beer and sunshine at one of these outdoor festivals across the state.
NC Small Batch Festival • Asheville • March 4
No two beers are alike at this festival, and if you miss out, you might not have another opportunity to try all of the unique offerings. Enjoy small, one-off batches that are only available at a festival where no flavor is off-limits.
Biere de Femme Festival • Shelby • March 11
Thirty breweries will come together in Shelby to celebrate women working in the beer industry. Each brewery will offer at least one beer created by its female employees. All proceeds will go toward scholarships that help women advance their careers in brewing.
3rd Annual Brew and Stew Competition • Kinston • March 11
Enjoy a brew or two at Mother Earth Brewing while teams from across the state compete for the title of best fish stew. All proceeds go toward Kinston’s G.I. Joe’s Military Living History Museum.
Ultimate Brewing Championship • Wilmington • March 24
A dozen Cape Fear breweries go head to head in this competition for ultimate brewing bragging rights. Each brewery was assigned an unusual ingredient pairing — think chocolate and seaweed, grits and figs, or oysters and Texas Pete. This blind tasting is sure to be a memorable one.
Brew, Shine & Wine Tour • Granite Falls • March 25
Granite Falls Brewing, South Mountain Distilling, and Shadow Line Vineyard have come together to create a unique event during which participants can grab a passport to taste and tour these three area watering holes.
All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival • Charlotte • March 25
Appearances by aerial acrobats, belly dancers, and the Beer Carnival King and Queen, and of course, lots of beer: This event promises to be unlike any beer festival you’ve attended before — unless of course, you were here last year.
Lake Norman/Concord “Brew Ha-Ha Tour” • Huntersville • March 25
Any event with free pizza piques our interest, but this brewery bus tour also travels to four other breweries and offers three free beer tastings at each brewery. Tickets are $49.95 in advance, or $59.95 at the door.
Blue, Brew & Que Festival • Kenansville • March 31-April 1
Spend two days listening to great local bluegrass as you enjoy barbecue and beer from some of the region’s best at this family-friendly festival.
One of the last old-school fish houses in Onslow County stands sentry on the White Oak River. Clyde Phillips Seafood Market has served up seafood and stories since 1954 — an icon of the coast, persevering in pink.