There are a number of events this month celebrating the state’s craft beer industry. Here are a few:
▪ The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary is hosting a Raleigh Brewing Co. tasting on April 19 and Fullsteam Brewery tasting on April 26. The tastings are from 2-4 p.m. on the outdoor terrace and cost $35 per person. For tickets, call 919-447-4000.
▪ Durham’s Piedmont restaurant is offering a four-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 16 to benefit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The meal costs $45 and features ingredients from Coon Rock Farm, Four Leaf Farm, Root Down Farm, Chapel Hill Creamery, La Farm Bakery and Eastern Carolina Organics. In honor of N.C. Beer Month, beer pairings from Fullsteam Brewery, Mystery Brewing Co. and Ponysaurus Brewing will be available for an additional $20. To make a reservation, call 919-683-1213.
▪ More than 40 breweries will be pouring beers at Saturday’s World Beer Festival Raleigh in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. General admission tickets cost $50 per person and include a tasting glass and unlimited four-ounce pours. VIP tickets are $100 and include a bonus selection of rare and unique beers not available to general public, a food buffet and a three-issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine. The festival has two tasting sessions, noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.
Tickets are on sale online at Bottle Revolution stores in Raleigh and Morrisville.
▪ The Glass Jug, a bottle shop at the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center in Durham, is holding a pair of cask tasting events. They include a Haw River Farmhouse Ales at 5 p.m. Friday; Big Boss Brewing Co. cask tasting from 5-10 p.m. April 17; and a Deep River Brewing Co. cask tasting from 5-9 p.m. April 24.
▪ Cary’s Academy Street Bistro is hosting a five-course dinner featuring beer pairings from Raleigh’s Lonerider Brewing Co. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 26. After a welcome reception with beer and appetizers, the four-course meal will be served. The price is $53 per person.
The menu includes seared veal bratwurst with caramelized onions, Dijon mustard sauce and cornichons paired with Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen; roasted apple wood smoked bacon wrapped quail stuffed with a portobello mushroom mousse, golden beet puree and barbecue sauce paired Eve Amber Ale; herb-mustard crusted rack of lamb with roasted sweet potato stuffed with baby vegetables and garlic thyme sauce paired with Sweet Josie Brown Ale; fallen chocolate souffle with hazelnut ice cream and raspberry coulis paired with Tombstone Reserve-Oak Aged Rye Stout.
To make a reservation, call (919) 377-0509.
For more N.C. Beer Month events, go to: ncbeermonth.com