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North Carolina Breweries Win Big
Here are the North Carolina craft breweries that brought home awards from the Great American Beer Fest, a national beer competition in Denver, Colorado.

Gold Medal

  • Sour Brown Aged on Palo Santo by Hi-Wire Brewing — Asheville. Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • Cruise to Nowhere by Town Brewing Co. — Charlotte. Category: Contemporary Gose
  • ESB by Hillman Beer — Asheville. Category: Extra Special Bitter
  • Outraged Daughters by Wise Man Brewing — Winston-Salem. Category: Irish-Style Red Ale

Silver Medal

  • Belgian Dubbel by Sugar Creek Brewing Co. — Charlotte. Category: Belgian-Style Dubbel
  • Mimosa Gose by Pilot Brewing Co. — Charlotte. Category: Contemporary Gose
  • Sliding Rock by BearWaters Brewing Co. — Canton. Category: English-Style Mild Ale

Bronze Medal

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Lady In Red by Bombshell Beer Co. — Holly Springs. Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
  • Reserve Doree by The Chamber by Wooden Robot Brewery – Charlotte. Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • Triple-Whirl by 217 Brew Works — Wilson. Category: Belgian-Style Tripel
  • Dunkel Bock by Pilot Brewing Co. — Charlotte. Category: Bock
  • Citra Acid Test by Triple C Brewing — Charlotte. Category: American-Style Sour Ale

Ocean Isle Beach: North Carolina Oyster Festival

What: Taste award-winning seafood, participate in an oyster-eating contest or cook-off, and enjoy live performances during this festival in Ocean Isle Beach.  

When: October 19-20

Where: 3 West Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

For more information, visit

Lincolnton: Apple Festival

What: “An apple a day” includes pie, right? Delight in apple cider, apple pies, and other yummy treats in downtown. There will also be games, crafts, and other food.  

When: October 19

Where: West Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092

For more information, visit

Raleigh: Our State Public House

What: You can try North Carolina craft beer, wine, and cider at the NC State Fair starting on Thursday!  

When: October 17-27

Where: North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground, 801 Youth Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

For more information, visit

Asheville: The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

What: Artists and makers will exhibit a variety of crafts, from traditional to contemporary works, at this 72nd annual craft fair at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.  

When: October 17-20

Where: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

For more information, visit

Morganton: Phillip Epley in Morganton

What: Meet Morganton’s local celebrity, Phillip Epley, at Brown Mountain Bottleworks. Be sure to bring your Our State mag for him to sign!  

When: October 16

Where: 115 East Union Street #3447, Morganton, NC 28655

For more information, visit

Statesville: Carolina Balloon Festival

What: Take to the skies or watch colorful hot-air balloons at this festival in Statesville on October 18 and 19. Meet pilots, sample wine and beer at a tasting garden, enjoy live music, and browse vendors at an artisan marketplace.   

When: October 18-19

Where: 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC 28677

For more information, visit carolinabaloonfest.

For our full list of October events, check out our Carolina Calendar.

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