A beer drinker’s calendar of events

Posted on March 20, 2014 

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Lots of upcoming beer events across the Triangle and the state.

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We’re using the latest installment of our occasional beer travel series by Pintful columnist John Frank to launch a tablet-friendly craft beer interface.

You can find that at nando.com/beer. (Or you can read John’s stories to inspire beer drinking trips to Charleston, S.C.; Boone and Blowing Rock; and Richmond, Va.)

For the rest of us who haven’t joined the tablet world, I thought I’d offer a calendar on my blog of upcoming beer events. These are ones to get on the calendar for a year’s worth of great craft beer drinking:

March

Lonerider Showdown is 4 p.m. March 29 at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. Info and tickets: loneridershowdown.com

N.C. Beer Month is the entire month of April but events starts March 29 in the Triangle with a pair of panel discussions by the N.C. Brewers Collaborative at White Street Brewing Co. in Wake Forest. The April 1 cask beer event also looks interesting. To search for events all over North Carolina from now until May 2, go to ncbeermonth.com.

Beer and Bacon Fest on March 29 in Cary. Tickets still available for regular session from 2-6 p.m. Info: beerandbacon.com.

April

World Beer Festival in Raleigh, sponsored by All About Beer magazine, will be noon-10 p.m. April 5 in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Info: allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/raleigh-nc/.

Kinston Beer Weekend will be April 3-5 with beer dinners, an oyster roast, pig pickin’ and brews cruise: events.visitkinston.com/Events/details/kinston-s-1st-annual-beer-weekend-182917

Brewgaloo, a craft beer festival in downtown Raleigh, is set for 2-10 p.m. April 26. Info: shoplocalraleigh.org/care-2/brewgaloo/.

The N.C. Cuegrass Festival is noon-6 p.m. April 26 in downtown Raleigh outside The Pit restaurant. A chance to listen to music and buy beer from several local breweries. Info: cuegrass.com.

The 12th annual Hickory Hops Brew Festival is 1-7 p.m. April 26 in Hickory, N.C. More than 50 breweries will be serving. Info: hickoryhops.com.

Others upcoming events

Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary will be Aug. 1 and 2. Info: beerandbourbon.com/cary/show-info.

The annual Brew Durham event to benefit the Scrap Exchange will be held this fall, according to organizer Keil Jansen of Ponysaurus brewery. No date is set yet. Info: brewdurham.weebly.com/

World Beer Festival in Durham will be in the fall 2014. Last year’s event was Oct. 5. Info: allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/durham-nc/.

Brew It Forward, a homebrewers’ competition sponsored by Raleigh’s Lonerider brewery, will be held this fall. Info: loneriderbeer.com/beers/brew-it-forward/

Homebrew for Hunger in Chapel Hill, sponsored by Fifth Season Gardening Co., features samples from breweries and home brewers to raise money for hungry relief agencies. It was last held in November 2013. Info: homebrewforhunger.com/chapelhill/

If you want to leave the state, World Beer Festival in Columbia, S.C. was last held in January 2014. http://allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/columbia-sc/

The annual Raleigh Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting at Tyler’s Taproom in Raleigh is usually held in January. Info: raleighrarebeertasting.com.

More beer events

N.C. Beer Guys, two bloggers and craft beer drinkers, maintain a comprehensive beer calendar, including brewery openings, anniversary events and beer dinners. Info: ncbeerguys.com and consider following them on Twitter: @NCbeerguys

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