Tickets are still on sale for the second annual Beericana festival, a day of craft beer, food trucks and live music in Holly Springs.
Beericana is Saturday, Sept. 12, from 2-6 p.m. at Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs.
There will be about 70 breweries, two dozen food trucks and three bands, said Adam Eshbaugh of 919Beer, the group that sponsors the festival. Eshbaugh’s 919Beer partner, Wayne Holt, is a Holly Springs native.
Tickets are $15 for non-drinkers and $45 for all-you-can drink passes. For $75, people can buy a VIP pass that lets them in two hours early, at noon, and includes several other perks.
New Belgium is bringing one of their sours that, as far as we know, it’s the only keg in North Carolina.
Beericana organizer Adam Eshbaugh
There’s also a free Beericana app that can be downloaded for Android or iPhone platforms, Eshbaugh said. It will have the musical lineup as well as a map of the various booths – including an interactive feature that lists every beer at each booth and lets users save notes on those beers.
Most of the breweries at the festival are from North Carolina, although there are several from California, Florida, Maryland and elsewhere. Several of the breweries have received lofty awards for their brews.
The bands all have an Americana sound, hence the name Beericana. Empire Strikes Brass will play from 2-3 p.m., Uncle Lucius will play from 3:15-4:30 p.m., and Dark Water Rising will play from 4:30-5:55 p.m.
Eshbaugh said “beer nerds” will want to snap up a VIP ticket while they’re available. Because VIPs get early access, they don’t have to spend as much time in lines as those who arrive later in the day.
They’ll also get VIP-only bathrooms and first dibs on specialty beers that breweries will have in small batches, such as less common barrel-aged or sour beers that Eshbaugh said could be gone by the time the general admission crowd gets in. Less than 100 remained Wednesday afternoon, organizers tweeted.
“New Belgium is bringing one of their sours that, as far as we know, it’s the only keg in North Carolina,” he said.
The festival last year attracted about 2,800 beer enthusiasts, and Eshbaugh said he expects that number to increase substantially this year – and even more in future years as Beericana becomes more established.
“The beauty of this park is you can get 5 to 6,000 people there, and it doesn’t feel crowded,” he said.
Go to www.beericana.com for information or to buy tickets.
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