With Moogfest lowering its synthesized tentacles onto Asheville’s downtown this weekend, there is no better time to hit the road and enjoy some NC Beer Month events away from the chaos. Now, of course, there will be chaos at these events as well, but it will be fresh and familiar chaos that is different from the frustration of, say, trying to find a spot to park and get a beer anywhere downtown. Also, though beer festivals never really go away, warm weather definitely brings out the promoters who hope to gather beer lovers in a confined area and show them a good time. Here are a few things to keep you occupied until the Moogers leave town.
Heinzelmännchen’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – April 24th 5:00-9:00PM
119 Front Street, Dillsboro
It’s hard to believe that Heinzelmännchen has been quietly making traditional German style beers for 10 years, but this weekend they will be celebrating their anniversary with tastings, live music, local food and an exhibit showing the brewery’s expansion plans. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Train Depot in Dillsboro is hosting the event.
12th Annual Hickory Hops- April 26th 1:00- 7:00PM
Main Ave, Downtown Hickory
More than 50 breweries will be represented in downtown Hickory this Saturday pouring their regular offerings as well as one-offs designed especially for the festival. This tends to be one of the better festivals of the season, and Hickory isn’t that far of a drive.
Brewgaloo – April 26th 3:00 – 9:00PM
City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
Brewgaloo is a little different take on the traditional beer festival. Festival goers will buy tokens they can redeem for beers or taster cards that will get them samples. For those that feel like “one size fits all” festival prices are too high and they can’t drink enough to make it seem worth it, this is a great way to enjoy a festival at your own pace. Local bands and food trucks will provide entertainment and great local food.
This is also the last weekend of NC Beer Month. It’s been a great thirty days of events and celebrating one of our state’s fastest growing industries. But, if you like themed reasons to go drink beer, don’t fret. Asheville Beer Week is coming at the end of May, and it will surely have plenty to offer.