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October 2019 Beer Event Guide

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Oktoberfest • Asheville • October 5, 1-5 p.m.

Spend the day in Pack Square Park enjoying an afternoon filled with beer, wine, cider, and music. Purchase tickets here.

Pack Square Park 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801

Brewgrass Festival • Asheville • October 5, 1-5 p.m.

Listen to bluegrass performances from groups like the Sam Bush Band at Salvage Station. This year’s 23rd annual festival will put more emphasis on music than in years past but will still feature more than 100 beers and ciders. Purchase tickets here.

Salvage Station 468 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

Pancake Brunch & Pop Up Market • Cedar Grove • October 5, 12-3 p.m.

Try a newly released cider or two at Botanist & Barrel’s tasting room while indulging in all-you-can-eat pancakes. Local specialty producers and farmers will display a variety of items for purchase, including herbs, pottery, jewelry, honey, cheese, and more. 

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

Oktoberfest 2019 • Fuquay-Varina • October 5, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Taste a multi-course German meal, including beer brats, beer macaroni and cheese, schnitzel, sauerkraut, and more at The Corner Biergarten & Bottle Shop. You can also play games, listen to live German music, and taste locally crafted beers.

The Corner Biergarten & Bottle Shop 1625 North Main Street, Suite 133, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Hops and Hogs Festival • Huntersville • October 5, 11:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.

Enjoy performances from alternative rock bands like Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, and Tonic at Historic Rural Hill. Taste barbecue and beer from local vendors, compete in a sanctioned barbecue competition, or just watch from the sidelines. Purchase tickets here.

Historic Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Oktoberfest 2019 • Matthews • October 5, 12-11:59 p.m.

Take advantage of wine and beer specials, play games, eat pretzels and brats, and win prizes at Seaboard Brewing. Register here.

Seaboard Brewing – Taproom – Wine Bar 213 North Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105

Hops & Harmony Craft Brew Fest • Statesville • October 5, 1-5 p.m.

Sample craft beers and ciders from more than 20 local and regional breweries and jam out to live music downtown. Purchase tickets here.

Downtown Statesville 112 South Center Street, Statesville, NC 28677

Oktoberfest • Winston-Salem • October 5, 12-6 p.m.

Compete to win in a beard and mustache competition. Try your hand (literally) at Bavarian finger wrestling, enter a team relay race, and enjoy a beer during this event at Foothills Brewery and Tasting Room.

Foothills Tasting Room 3800 Kimwell Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Oktoberfest • Winston-Salem • October 5, 12-11:30 p.m.

Listen to live music from artists Colin Allured and The B-Sides, enjoy a bite to eat from Wild Willie’s Wiener Wagon or Bandito Burrito, and, of course, enjoy a cold beer at Joymongers Barrel Hall.

Joymongers Barrel Hall 480 West End Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Oktoberfest 2019 • Concord • October 6, 12-7 p.m.

Celebrate the last day of Munich’s Oktoberfest in Concord with a stein of Southern Strain Brewing’s Festbier Lager. Listen to live music from Route 161 Happy Wanderers and eat a German spread of brats, fresh pretzels, and apple strudel from Hot Box’s “Next Level Kitchen.”

Southern Strain Brewing 165 Brumley Avenue Northeast, Suite 3001, Concord, NC 28025

Whistle Hop Beer Dinner • Chimney Rock • October 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Indulge in a culinary evening complete with a four-course meal prepared at The Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. Each course will be paired with a beer from Whistle Hop Brewing Company. Reserve a spot by calling (828) 625-2999.

The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

CiderFest NC 2019 • Asheville • October 12, 1-5 p.m.

Catch beautiful fall views at Carrier Park during this festival. Taste some of the nation’s best cider, listen to live performances. Purchase tickets here.

Carrier Park 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Fall Craft Crawl • Charlotte • October 12, 1-7 p.m.

Hop on the Charlotte trolleys for free transportation to seven local breweries throughout the Queen City. The trolleys will travel throughout the fall crawl circuit all day so attendees can go back and forth between their favorite breweries.

Historic South End Charlotte, NC 27540

Laketoberfest Music & Brew Festival • Cornelius • October 12, 4-9 p.m.

Taste beer from local breweries, enjoy food truck fare, and play games and crafts with your kids at the Kids’ Zone. Proceeds will benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

Bailey Road Park 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, NC 28031

Epiphany Craft Malt Brew-Off • Durham • October 12, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Think you have what it takes to win a brew duel? Beer brewers will compete in a brew-off, making beer with Epiphany Craft Malt. Blind judging will determine which beer takes home the top prize. Attendees can also play medieval games and enjoy delicious turkey legs. Purchase tickets here.

Durham Central Park 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival • Holly Springs • October 12, 12-6 p.m.

Sit back and relax with a beer, a plate of food, and live music at Sugg Farm Park. Three live bands, more than 70 breweries, and multiple food trucks await festivalgoers at this sixth annual event. Purchase tickets here.

Sugg Farm Park Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs, NC 27540 

Temple Talks & Tastings: Cider • Charlotte • October 16, 7-8 p.m.

Explore the making and history of ciders from around the world, and then try some ciders at Carolina Beer Temple. Purchase tickets here.

Carolina Beer Temple – Charlotte 2127 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Suite 101-B, Charlotte, NC 28273

After Hours: Science of Beer • Durham • October 17, 5-9 p.m.

Learn about the how’s and why’s of beer making and drinking from scientists at the Museum of Life and Science. Explore the museum’s exhibits, listen to live music, and purchase a treat from a food truck. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s conservation and education initiatives. Purchase tickets here.

Museum of Life and Science 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704

World Beer Fest • Durham • October 19, 12-10 p.m.

Try a sampling of local, national, and international beers at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Attendees can also enjoy seltzers, hard ciders, and treats from food trucks and vendors. Purchase tickets here.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701 

Dickinson After Dark • Greenville • October 19, 7-10 p.m.

Breweries, cideries, and wineries east of I-95 will be exclusively featured during this event. Listen to live music and enjoy a variety of food from vendors.

Dickinson After Dark West 8th & Dickinson Avenue, Greenville NC 27834

Falling for Local • Raleigh • October 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate autumn by supporting local vendors and drinking local beer at Dorothea Dix Park. Take home a free pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and listen to live music. Purchase tickets here.

Dorothea Dix Park 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603 

Fall Funk Fest • Charlotte • October 25, 6-10:30 p.m.

Get a first look at Unknown’s Wood & Grain Distillery project, taste a new beer, “Squash Those Pumpkin Beers,” and participate in the flannel, apple bobbing, and pumpkin chunking contests, among other activities. Register here.

The Unknown Brewing Company 1327 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

Voracious & Rare Beer Festival • Wilmington • October 25, 6-9 p.m.

A variety of rare and exclusive beers will be served at this event. Sip beverages on the deck of the USS North Carolina while taking in a beautiful view of the Wilmington skyline. Guests can also look forward to great food and live music. Purchase tickets here.

USS Battleship North Carolina 1 Battleship Road Northeast, Wilmington, NC 28401

Burns, Brews, & BBQ • Mooresville • October 26, 1-5 p.m.

Relax under the tent or around the fire at Casa de Montecristo’s for an evening filled with live music from the Ben Gatlin band, craft beer, and barbecue. You can even pair your brew with a hand rolled cigar – meet the makers of Southern Draw and Henry Clay War Hawk cigars. Purchase tickets here.

Casa de Montecristo – Mooresville 130 Consumer Square Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117

Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival • Wilmington • October 26, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.

There will be more than 100 craft breweries and wineries at this festival at Marina Grill. This 19th annual festival will be broken into two sessions to help accommodate all interested attendees. Purchase tickets here.

Marina Grill 11 Harnett Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

This story was published on Oct 04, 2019

Chloe Klingstedt

Chloe Klingstedt is an assistant editor at Our State magazine, a Texan by birth, and a North Carolinian at heart.