The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) has endorsed four craft beer festivals this Fall. NCCBG is recognizing these festivals for their commitment to showcasing North Carolina craft beer, offering educational programming, promoting responsible consumption, treating participating breweries fairly and giving back to NCCBG as well as other nonprofits:
Co-Hops Beer Fest, Burlington, NC: September 6, 2014
Beericana, Holly Springs, NC: September 27, 2014
World Beer Festival, Durham, NC: October 11, 2014
NC Black Friday Cask Festival, Durham, NC: November 28, 2014
“These events are great examples of what a beer festival can and should be,” said Erik Myers, President of the NCCBG. “They all promote North Carolina craft beer in a responsible and educational way while helping raise funds for our nonprofit guild and other worthy causes.”
Each event offers craft beer fans a unique experience. At Co-Hops, an intimate setting capped at 400 attendees, the ticket price includes a mixed six-pack to take home from participating breweries. New this year, Beericana features bluegrass bands and food trucks throughout the day, and designated drivers can enjoy the experience at a steep discount.
As one of the state’s longest-running beer events, World Beer Festival in Durham has gained a massive following. To alleviate long lines, organizers have reduced available tickets by 35% this year. The 19-year-old fest also includes an Art of Beer Experience with ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars and a mini commercial brewery.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Triangle Brewing Co. offers an alternative (or remedy) to shopping with its 8th annual NC Black Cask Festival. The event features North Carolina breweries serving naturally carbonated casks at cellar temperature, many of which have unusual ingredients or have been specially dry hopped.