North Carolina has tons of beer-themed events to choose from. Here are some of our favorites.
Sept. 15: Brewgrass Festival, Asheville — If there was ever a time to visit “Beer City USA,” it’s during this festival. Sample beers from more than 50 breweries and enjoy bluegrass bands. Tickets start at $45.
Sept. 22: Pours in the Pines, Southern Pines — The only thing better than sipping IPAs, ciders and porters on the Weymouth grounds is knowing you’re supporting the Duskin and Stephens Foundation as well as the Southern Pines Rugby Club. $15-150.
Also Sept. 22: Eats, Beats and Brews, Pinehurst — A food-truck rodeo at the Arboretum includes offerings from breweries and wineries. Free admission.
Oct. 6: World Beer Festival, Durham — Get the chance to taste more than 250 brews in two sessions at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Food trucks, yard games. $40-75.
Oct. 6: Hoptoberfest, Rockingham — North Carolina craft brews. Chicken wings. Live Music. Yes, yes and yes. Tickets are $40. This event is for ages 21 and up only.
Oct. 20: Oktoberfest, Aberdeen — Railhouse Brewery hosts drinking games, brats and pretzels and a prize for the best lederhosen. Admission is free, but if you want food, you have to order in advance for $8.50.
Oct. 27: Oktoberfest, Pinehurst — From 6-9 p.m., enjoy German music, a stein-holding contest, relay races and a baking contest. The more family friendly Kinderfest happens from 4-6. Free admission.
Oct. 27: Voracious & Rare Beer Festival, Wilmington — Try beers so cool, you’ve never even heard of them. This festival happens on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina at sunset. A $75 ticket includes appetizers and bands. P.S. — This is part of Wilmington’s Beer Week.