September marks the beginning the busy festival season in the Triangle. Kicking things off is Beericana, a craft beer & music festival this Saturday, September 10th at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. Beericana features 70 breweries from across North Carolina and beyond, 20 food trucks, and 3 live bands. Entry to the festival gets you unlimited tastings from the breweries. Food will be available for purchase from the many food trucks. To plan your day and map out what breweries and trucks you want to try visit the event website to see the full list of breweries and food trucks.
Tickets are $45 for general admission, $75 for VIP (with 2 hours of early entry), and $15 for designated drivers. I enjoyed the VIP experience last year and think it is well worth the price. While this isn’t one of those festivals that gets ridiculously crowded it is still really nice to get in early and avoid the lines. Tickets can be purchased online at Beericana.com.
Please note that no children are allowed at Beericana and a valid photo identification must be presented. Check out the FAQ on the the event website for additional details.
Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 10th, 2016
Sugg Farm Park – Holly Springs, NC (map)
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Brewgaloo is a HUGE craft beer festival in downtown Raleigh next weekend, April 22 and 23rd. This year they have added a Friday night block party in addition to the traditional Saturday event. If you love craft beer then this is the event for you. As always I am a big fan of getting there early to avoid the crowd. Check out the details below and don’t forget to get your drink tickets now!
Brewgaloo Block Party (Ticketed) ~ Friday, April 22nd
This is a sampler event in Raleigh City Plaza from 6-10pm on Friday. Tickets are $45 per person with a limited number of tickets being sold. There will be 35 different breweries. Unlimited sample size pours will be available. Must be 21 and up to attend the Friday night event.
Bregaloo Craft Beer Festival (Free) ~ Saturday, April 23rd
No admission fee to enter the festival on Saturday 2-10pm. Event will feature over 85 NC Breweries, over 50 Food Trucks, dozens of local vendors and bands along Fayetteville Street. Beer is sold by the pint or the taste. Drink tickets will be sold in advance and available for purchase at the festival. Sample size pours are 1 ticket and pints are 5 tickets. Food trucks and vendors accept cash and credit options. Drink tickets purchased in advance will be mailed to the buyer the week of the event.
Brewgaloo 2016 Details
Standard Foods ~ Raleigh, NC
If you are looking for a fun night out to celebrate NC Beer Month there is a very special cider & beer collaboration dinner taking place at Standard Foods in Raleigh next Monday, April 18th at 6:30pm. Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider and Fullsteam Brewery’s Sean Wilson have collaborated with Chef Scott Crawford on unique food and beverage pairings for this event.
Guests will begin in the backyard farm with a cocktail featuring cider, beer and Crude Bitters, then be seated for a 4-course springtime dinner featuring alternate pairings of Foggy Ridge Cider and beers from Fullsteam Brewery. Flynt and Wilson will be on-hand to discuss their award-winning beverages, and their collaborative and long-time friendship. I recently visited Standard Foods for the first time and expect the food will be amazing for this dinner. You can view the menu below and purchase tickets for the event here.
YELLOWFIN TUNA TARTARE
Fermented Pepper, Peanuts, Cilantro
Paired with Foggy Ridge Stayman Winesap
Wild Rhubarb Butter, Crispy Grains
Paired with Fullsteam Heritage Grain Farmhouse Ale
CHARRED BEEF SHORT RIB
Boulted Rye Porridge, Soft Egg, Pine Jus
Paired with Fullsteam Catalyst
CORN BREAD PUDDING
Sorghum Caramel, Cinnamon-Toffee Ice Cream
Paired with Foggy Ridge Pippen Black
Fairview Dining Room at Washington Duke Inn
A few months ago I attended a wonderful beer dinner at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the premier luxury inn and golf club located on the campus of Duke University in Durham. April is North Carolina beer month and this week the Inn is hosting “The Brewer and The Farmer” dinner. This special dinner features another local favorite brewery of mine, Hillsborough’s Mystery Brewing Company and Rougemont’s Prodigal Farm, on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:45 p.m.
Beer and cheese enthusiasts alike are invited to join Executive Chef Jason Cunningham for a masterfully created multi-course menu incorporating decadent Prodigal cheeses paired with flavorful Mystery beers. Mystery Brewing Company will feature limited-time celebratory birthday brews, including Sancho (Belgian Singel), Orpheus (Belgian Dubbel),Mousqueton (Belgian Tripel) and Eurydice (Belgian Quad).
Mystery Founder and CEO Erik Lars Myers will join with Prodigal Co-Owner Kathryn Spann to guide guests through this extravaganza and share their expertise along the way. These dinners are a lot of fun and a great way to learn more about the thought process behind the different beers offered by the brewery and how they pair with different foods. Not to mention the Fairview Dining Room at the Washing Duke Inn is an amazing space to enjoy an evening of great food and craft beer.
The Brewer and the Farmer Dinner costs $65 per person, or $54 for Executive Club members. The event will take place on the Fairview Patio, weather permitting.
To make reservations, please call the Fairview Dining Room at (919) 493-6699 or visit the event registration page.
About The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, only twenty minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and ten minutes from Research Triangle Park. The Washington Duke Inn is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Nestled on 300 acres filled with tall pines and hardwoods, the Inn is known for its beautiful facility and grounds, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, marvelous cuisine in the Fairview Dining Room — winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence — the Bull Durham Bar, the Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole championship Duke University golf course, and its convenience to local points of interest. It is set apart from other area hotels and conference centers by unparalleled service, a gracious staff, luxurious interiors and attention to detail. For more information or reservations call (919) 490-0999 or visit washingtondukeinn.com.
There are a lot of great places around the Triangle to watch the Super Bowl and I’m sure some may have other picks, but I like the idea of watching it at a brewery surrounded by a big crowd and good beer. Below are my top five suggestions for catching the game this Sunday.
Neuse River Brewing Company (Raleigh)
Neuse River will host a Reggae Sunday pre-party with steel drums by Sensory Expressions from 3-5pm and Cousins Maine Lobster food truck from 3-8pm. Come game time watch the Panthers take on the Broncos via their 120″ projection screen (with sound). Beer special will be $4 Laila’s Midnight (a dark IPA).
Big Boss Brewing (Raleigh)
Big Boss will broadcast the game on two big screen tv’s at their new bar downstairs in the brewery including sound from large speakers. The game will also be on three tv’s in the upstairs bar area. Tons of beer on tap with wine available too. High Roller IPA will be on special for $3 and FREE PIZZA while it lasts.
White Street Brewing (Wake Forest)
White street will be showing the game on several big screen tv’s. Pizza Amore, located right around the corner is offering a Super Bowl special for brewery guest: Large cheese pizza and a dozen wings for $21.95.
Ponysaurus Brewing (Durham)
Taproom will have the game on all four flat screens. Pie Pushers are preparing a special Super Bowl menu including their famous pie slices, wings & more! The Pushers start serving at noon when the taproom opens. Super Bowl 50 begins at 6:30pm. Come grab a seat early!
Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)
Fullsteam will have the game up on their Big Screen and popular food truck American Meltdown will be there. During the game Fullsteam will have their famous chip and dip set up for snacking. Fullsteam giveaways every quarter. Preferred seating up front for those who bring their own camping/lawn chairs.
Places to get Buffalo Wings
If you are planning to stay home but want to order Buffalo Wings for your Super Bowl Party I recommend checking out Heavenly Buffaloes in Durham and Lynnwood Grill in Raleigh. Both are currently taking orders, but hurry. I think orders need to be in by Friday.