Beer lovers who couldn’t help but notice the absence of the Beer, Bubbles and BBQ event during the 2016 Beaufort Wine & Food Festival are in for a treat this September. As promised, the event returns as part of a full two-day event, all focused on the love of the ale.
“We felt with the success we’ve seen with our beer events, from Beer, Bubbles and BBQ to the beer luncheons and seminars, it would be great to see these events held in the fall as a standalone festival,” said Beaufort Wine & Food Festival Executive Director Lindsay Parker.
Planned for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, the inaugural craft beer festival will follow a format similar to its sister wine event held each spring, including seminars, luncheons and dinners at area restaurants, local pubs and breweries. A beer walkabout will take guests on a tour of Beaufort with samples at every stop, while that Beer, Bubbles and BBQ event will keep everyone busy on Saturday afternoon at Front Street Village, sampling beer and barbecue to choose the people’s choice.
“North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 120 breweries and brewpubs,” explained Parker. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase these breweries at a variety of events during the September festival.”
Breweries attending include Carolina Brewing Co. of Wake County, Duck Rabbit from Farmville, Highland Brewing and Wicked Weed of Asheville, Mother Earth Brewing of Kinston, Natty Greene’s Brewing from Greenville, Beaufort’s own Mill Whistle Brewery among others.
The first beer festival for Beaufort is joined by a road race on Saturday, Sept. 24, aptly named Runnin’ on Empty. With a 1-mile walk/fun run, and a timed 5K and a 10K (using RFID technology from IPICO Sports), the categories are set up so everyone can get involved. Of course it’s OK if you work up a thirst during your run or stroll – there will be plenty of beer available to runners over 21 years of age after the event, and root beer for those under 21.
For a full schedule and ticket prices, visit beaufortwineandfood.org.