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Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival September 27th – Holly Springs, NC

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If you like craft beer, live music, and food trucks this event is for you! Mark your calendars for September 27th and make plans to be at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, NC to attend the first annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival.

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Craft Breweries
Hundreds of American craft beers will be available to sample from more than 50 breweries from the Triangle to California. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 30 minutes from Durham, this event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers, and the casual beer drinker to meet brewers and brewery representatives and learn about their beers.

  • Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): AleSmith, Aviator, Bear Republic, Big Boss, Bombshell, Brice’s Brewing, Brueprint, Bull City Ciderworks, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co, Compass Rose, Crank Arm, Deep River, Double Barley, Draft Line, Flat Top, Florida Brewing, Foothills, Fortnight, Front Street, Fullsteam, Gizmo, Haw River, Lagunitas, Lonerider, Mystery, Natty Greene’s, New Belgium, Nickelpoint, Olde Hickory, Oskar Blues, Railhouse, Regulator, Sierra Nevada, Starpoint, Steel String, Sub Noir, The Olde Mecklenburg, The Unknown, Triangle, Triple C, White Rabbit, White Street
  • VIP Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): Bear Waters, Birdsong, Burial, Catawba, Fonta Flora, NoDa, One World, Raleigh, Twin Leaf, Wicked Weed
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Music Lineup
Beericana is proud to bring in musical talent from around the state. Headlined by Asheville’s The Honeycutters, the stage will feature local bluegrass duo Lynda and Pattie as well as Darkwater Rising and Skinny Bag of Sugar. The inaugural festival will have the perfect soundtrack to enjoy some great brews on an early autumn afternoon.

  • Featured Musical Artists The Honeycutters (thehoneycutters.com); Lynda and Pattie (lyndaandpattie.com); Darkwater Rising (darkwaterrising.net); Skinny Bag of Sugar (skinnybag.com)

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Food Trucks
In addition to the tunes, the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will feature over a dozen local food trucks! From Korean BBQ to pretzels to gourmet cupcakes, this year’s festival will provide food options sure to appeal to everyone!

  • Food Trucks Participating Include: All-American, Baguettaboutit, CJ’s Street Food, Dump Pho King, Hobby Hill Farm Fresh Pretzels, JAM Ice Cream, Ko Kyu BBQ, Not Just Icing, Olio and Aceto, Stuft, Tailgater Toby, Valentino’s

Ticket Info
Tickets for the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. General Admission tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door (if available). VIP Tickets are $75 online and will feature a 90 minute VIP-only time, as well as special beers from breweries not available to general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beericana.com.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available online or at the door, to encourage attendee responsibility. There will also be plenty of cabs available from both Taxi Taxi and Safe Ride Home. For those driving, on-site parking will be plentiful and free!

Supporting Local
We are proud of the festival’s Holly Springs, NC roots.In an effort to do our part and give back to the Holly Springs and NC Beer communities, the Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival is donating a portion of its proceeds to Meg’s Smile Foundation (megsmile.org) and The NC Brewers Guild (ncbeer.org).

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 27th, 2014 12pm-6pm
Sugg Farn Park – Holly Springs, NC (map)
www.beericana.com
For updates & inside notes follow them on twitter @beericana and @919beer.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

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April is NC Beer Month – Drink Local!

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LoneRider ~ Raleigh, NC

Did you know the Triangle has almost 30 local breweries & brewpubs? Well April is North Carolina Beer Month and that gives you the perfect excuse to go out and explore some of them. There are also TONS of NC beer month events planned throughout the Triangle over the next few weeks. Everything from special cask tastings to featured beer pairings and dinners. To see the full calendar of events visit http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

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Big Boss ~ Raleigh, NC

In addition to official NC Beer Month activities there are several upcoming beer events that have caught my eye. Listed below are some of my top beer event picks for the end of March and April:

Raleigh Beer Guide Launch Party – March 27th
Beer Guide party at Tyler’s Taproom in Raleigh featuring drafts from ALL 16 Wake County breweries. Fun starts at 5pm. (info)

White Street “Koschei the Deathless” Bottle Release – March 28th
Their first bottle release as part of their new “Back Alley Series”. This Russian imperial stout is aged in bourbon barrels and bottled in 750ML cork & caged bottles at 13% ABV. Bottle sales begin at 2pm in the taproom ($13.99 each). Samples available for $2. (info)

LoneRider Showdown – March 29th
LoneRider is taking over Blount Street for another evening of great music, food and of course a ton of great beer. Ticketed Event (info)

Cask on Fools – April 1st
Casks on Fools is the kick off party in Wake County for North Carolina Beer Month! 15 casks from 15 Wake County Breweries will be participating. All local beer, all in one place! Starts at 3pm. (info)

World Beer Festival in Raleigh – April 5th
A chance to sample over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world. Held in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Ticketed Event (info)

Brewgaloo – April 26th
Local craft beer festival in downtown Raleigh’ City Plaza presented by Shop Local Raleigh featuring local craft beer, food trucks, and live music. Beer sold by the pint or 3 oz. tastings. (info)

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Fullsteam Brewery ~ Durham, NC

List of Triangle Breweries
As I mentioned above there are currently just under 30 breweries & brewpubs in the Triangle and a few more are currently in the works. Below is a list of Triangle breweries currently operating in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Johnston County. Many breweries offer tours and hold special events each month. Check their websites for more details.

Wake County
Aviator
Big Boss
Boylan Bridge
Bombshell Beer
Carolina Brewing Co.
Crank Arm
Fortnight
Gizmo BrewWorks
Hosanna
LoneRider
Lynwood Brewing
Natty Greene’s
Raleigh Brewing
Sub Noir
Trophy
White Street

Durham County
Bull City Burger & Brewery
Fullsteam
Ponysaurus
Triangle Brewing Co.

Orange County
Bear Creek Brews
Carolina Brewery
Mystery Brewing
Star Point
Steel String
Top of the Hill

Johnston County
Deep River Brewing
Double Barely
White Rabbit

Coming Soon!
Brueprint – Apex
Draft Line Brewing – Fuquay
Nicklepoint Brewery – Raleigh
Neuse River Brewing – Raleigh
Storm Clouds Brewing – Raleigh

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Ponysaurus Brewery at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh February 6th

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I love how the Triangle’s local beer scene continues to grow. In recent months we have seen some new smaller breweries start operating in Raleigh and Durham. You’ll have a chance to try the beer from one of the newest additions next week when Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Durham’s newest nano-brewery visits downtown Raleigh’s Tasty Beverage on Thursday February 6th from 5:30-7:30. Brewmaster, Keil Jansen, will be on hand with kegs of their Fig Saison, IPA, Biere de Garde, Reserve, and Vidieri Chocolate Stout all on draft. There will also be a limited amount of  Ponysaurus bottles available for sale.

I haven’t had a chance to try the offerings from this local brewer yet, but I have heard very good things about them and look forward to stopping by this Thursday night to grab a pint. Hope to see you there!

Check out this great article about Ponysaurus in the Independent Weekly to learn more about the inspiration behind this creative new nano-brewery operating out of a space at The Cookery in Durham.

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

website: http://ponysaurusbrewing.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PonysaurusBrewing
twitter: @ponysaurusbrew
instagram: http://instagram.com/ponysaurusbrewing

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9th Annual World Beer Festival – Raleigh April 5, 2014

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The 9th Annual World Beer Festival will be held in Raleigh April 5th, 2014 in Moore Square. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, January 28, 2014.  Tickets can be purchased online here 

Afternoon & Evening Sessions
As in the past, the event is broken up into two separate four-hour sessions. The first session (afternoon session) runs from 12-4pm. The second session (evening session) runes from 6-10pm. Standard admission to a single session is $45 in advance.  Admission gets you an event program, tasting glass, and access to sample literally hundreds of different beers from all over the word, including all of local breweries from right here in the Triangle.

VIP Tickets
There are also special VIP tickets available for $90 that give you access to certain beers not made available to the other event attendees, as well as access to a VIP lounge  located in beautiful Cobblestone Hall and a special travelling beer dinner at select food stands throughout the event.

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For more information visit:
website: allaboutbeer.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allaboutbeermag
twitter: @allaboutbeer

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Wine Authorities in Raleigh – Open House January 11th

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Yesterday founder Craig Heffley opened the doors to Raleigh’s newest wine store – Wine Authorities – located downtown at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  To celebrate the opening of their Raleigh location Heffley will host an Open House January 11th from 11am to 5pm. The open house will feature at least two food trucks, beer & wine tastings, and local product demos. There will even be a magician for the kids.

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I had a chance to swing by the shop yesterday to take few pictures and sample some wine from the Enomatic wine machine. The shop has a great vibe with a fun lounge and bar area to sample beer and wine. I love their huge selection of affordable wines (all under $50) and great local product offerings: counter culture coffee, slingshot cold brew, big spoon peanut butter – just to name a few. The staff and owner were very helpful and friendly. I think this new local shop is a great addition to downtown Raleigh and I plan on being a regular there.

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OPEN HOUSE – January 11th (11am-5pm)
Heffley and his friendly staff will pour a variety of wines and beers at the open house this Saturday.  Their Enomatic wine dispensing machine will provide 24 wines for sampling before purchasing (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5). Visitors will also discover a wine-by-the-glass menu and cheese & charcuterie plates to enjoy in the indoor lounge seating and outdoor café seating.

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Local Products
Heffley, a longtime supporter of independently owned businesses, has invited local food and beverage entrepreneurs and vendors whose artisanal foods and brews will be available at the store regularly, to sample on January 11th.

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At the open house, and on-going, guests will find local craft beers like the much-anticipated Ponysaurus, as well as Trophy Brewing and Crank Arm, Scratch Bakery’s crackers and granola, Yellow Dog Bakery’s breads, Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro’s charcuterie, Toast’s salad dressings, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, Counter Culture Coffee in bag, Slingshot’s coffees, as well as local and imported cheeses. Food trucks will also be part of the festivities.

Fun for the Kids
Children are welcome to join in the celebration! Just like the Durham store, Wine Authorities’ Raleigh store will be a family-friendly wine store, offering a kids coloring table for designing little works of art that will be displayed in the store. A kid-friendly magician will also be on hand at the open house.

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About Wine Authorities
Since opening in Durham in 2007, Wine Authorities has blazed a new trail in wine retailing. Eschewing big brands and critic-appointed ratings, Heffley has focused on a selective inventory, creative, informative and even humorous marketing, and wine education. As a result, loyal fans and national press followed; Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.”

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“We believe that our customers care as much about what they put into their glass as they do about what’s on their plate, so we don’t carry any factory made wines… only wines made by small family-owned wineries; and we’re excited to finally bring these wines to Raleigh,” exclaimed Heffley. And what’s more, Wine Authorities focuses on value and doesn’t cater to collectors. As a result it’s become a haven for drinkers of everyday wine, all under $50 a bottle, with the majority of their selection under $15.

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Wine Authorities takes great pride in sourcing delicious, value-oriented wines and has even been quite successful as one of the largest retailers of artisan “bag-in-box” wines. Heffley continues to source delicious wines from small, estate-owned wineries in an effort to deliver hand crafted wines at an affordable cost – in the same way that he’s experienced at many tiny restaurants and corner markets in European villages.

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Since education is at the core of their mission, free tastings will take place every Saturday and Tuesday, with Tuesdays howcasing more obscure wines, and regular classes providing an opportunity for more in-depth tasting and study, often with winemakers and importers – just as they are at the Durham store. Tastings at the Raleigh store will begin immediately after opening, and the first wine class, “Vine to Wine,” will take place in January.

Wine Authorities – Raleigh
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)
website: http://www.wineauthorities.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WineAuthorities
twitter: @wineauthorites

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