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RALEIGH, N.C.d – Award-winning craft beer flows from taps across North Carolina all year long. But only April is NC Beer Month, made special by the efforts of 150 breweries and beer-loving destinations from the mountains to the coast.
Here’s what travelers will find in abundance on beer trip to North Carolina in April.
April 2016 has five weekends, and each comes with a beer festival, or even two or three. The lineup starts April 2 with World Beer Festival Raleigh and continues with Beer & Bacon Fest in Cary, the North Carolina ’Cuegrass Festival in Raleigh, Three Eagles Beer Festival in Goldsboro, Hickory Hops in Hickory, the Down East Beer and BBQ Festival in Smithfield, Savor Blowing Rock, Brewgaloo in Raleigh and the third annual Sharpen the Blades Saison Fest in Asheville.
Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild are partnering with New Belgium Brewing and Explore Asheville on the New Belgium VIP CeleBEERation Weekend to mark the opening of the new brewery’s on the banks of the French Broad River. The sweepstakes, which runs through April, offers an August getaway to Asheville, $500 to help you get there and other prizes. Beer lovers can also try their luck with sweepstakes based in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Blowing Rock Brewing adds a competitive element to its getaway giveaway: Come up with a winning idea and name for a beer, and the brewery will invite you to stay at the Blowing Rock Ale House & Inn and assist in its making.
Beer lovers can leverage a willingness to sip, a bit of beer knowledge, sheer luck or all of the above to win prizes during NC Beer Month. Get the Pint Hound Passport and have it stamped at participating breweries to become eligible to win a key chain, T-shirt, Freaker and other NC Beer Month swag. Even more prizes await at events at the Glass Jug in Durham, the Living Room Coffeehouse and WIne Bar in Pilot Mountain, House of Hops in Raleigh and Bayne Brewing in Cornelius.
Beyond the wealth of individual brewery tours and regular routes, beer lovers will find special excursions in April. Don a bike helmet for the Tour de Brew in Raleigh and Waterline Brewing’s Bike Ride & Scavenger Hunt in Wilmington. Also in Wilmington, laugh it up on the Port City Brewhaha Tour or take advantage of an NC Beer Month special on the Drink Like a Local Tour. And in the Blue Ridge foothills, the Beer, Barbecue and Whisky Tour adds food and spirits to the mix.
A mutual love of innovation, local ingredients and good eats unites chefs, brewers and growers, who pull out the stops in April. Choose among beer dinners at Weeping Radish Farm Brewery in Jarvisburg, Leroy Fox and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Charlotte, Canyons and the New Public House in Blowing Rock, and Midtown Grill in Raleigh. For pairings, try Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham, The Table in Boone, Thirsty Monk in Asheville and Sylva’s Evolution Wine Kitchen. Foggy Rock Restaurant in Blowing Rock offers a Beer & Bites seminar, and Bull City Food & Beer Experience in Durham goes all out, with bites and sips from 30 restaurants and 30 breweries.
Collaboration is in the nature of the brewer, and D9 in Cornelius and Fortnight in Cary combine passions in an Imperialistic Red IPA. Other NC Beer Month releases include the BlueRidge Blueberry Wheat Beer from Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery's in Chapel Hill; Double Barley Brewing's Give Em Hell, an Imperial Red Ale, in Smithfield; an Imperial Russian Stout at Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach; and Sugar Creek Brewing's Spring Bee-r release, a white ale braggot made with aged orange blossom mead. Count on mind-blowing assortments in Raleigh at Crank Arm Brewing’s Cask on Fools party and the Lonerider Showdown. And Double Barley in Clayton mixes things up with craft beer cocktails.
For a rundown of April’s events and activities, visit NCBeerMonth.com and travel to VisitNC.com for everything you need to plan a beer trip.
About Visit North Carolina:Visit North Carolina is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Established in 2014, the EDPNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that oversees the state's efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. The mission of Visit North Carolina is to unify and lead the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. For more information on planning a trip to North Carolina, go to VisitNC.com.
About the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild: The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit industry trade organization whose mission is to advance the interests of the craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina has the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 150 breweries and brewpubs. For more info, visit www.ncbeer.org.
The NC Beer Month logo is available for download here.
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Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
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