Prepare to raise a glass Sept. 28-29 to mark Beaufort Wine and Food’s third annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin. Due to the recovery effort following Hurricane Florence, the two-day festival, which normally features a variety of events, has been streamlined into two - a Pub Crawl on Friday evening and the popular Beer, Bubbles & BBQ on Saturday.
In light of the recent devastation from Hurricane Florence, the organization has chosen to donate all proceeds from the event to hurricane relief efforts.
"Please consider supporting this worthy cause. Many in our community did not fare as well as some, and there is still much work that needs to be done," Lindsay Parker, executive director for BWF, noted in a press release. "Contact me at email@example.com or 252-515-0708 for details on how to help. It has been amazing to see communities come together and help each other during this time of need."
Partnering with regional distributors and over two dozen breweries from across the state and beyond, BWF has crafted a stellar line up. Featured breweries this year include: Red Oak Brewing, Tight Lines Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Fullsteam, Wrightsville Beach Brewery, Mother Earth, Red Hare, Aviator Brewing, Bold Rock, Uptown Brewing, Double Barley, Heavy Seas, Mill Whistle among many others.
“With over 175 breweries and brew pubs across the state, North Carolina boasts the largest number of brewers in the American South," Parker said. "Beaufort Wine and Food is thrilled to have the opportunity to spotlight the Crystal Coast as a beer destination for our state.”
The Friday night Pub Crawl will feature a variety of restaurants and venues in downtown Beaufort and offers guests a chance to meet brewers and sample beer and cuisine pairings. The event runs from 5:30-7:30pm and a list of stops is currently being configured. Tickets are $40.
The always-popular headline event – Beer, Bubbles and BBQ - runs from 3-7pm in downtown Beaufort on Saturday, Sept. 29. The soiree features more than 25 craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state and beyond. In addition to tasting dozens of beers, guests will be treated to BBQ and sides, as a number of regional pit masters put their best dish in head to head competition. The winner will be announced during the event and will receive $500 to donate to charity. Tickets are $65 and will be available at the door the day of the event. Guests can also vote on the People’s Choice beer – a titled that was tied between Carteret County’s own Mill Whistle Brewing and Georgia based Red Hare Brewing Co. in 2017.
“These events are unique in that they allow festival goers a chance to interact with the brewers and brewery owners who live and breathe beer,” said Parker. “These are the folks whose passion, patience and creativity have produced the amazing beer selections we see both locally and on retail shelves nationwide. They are the ones to credit for making North Carolina’s beer scene what it is today.”
Since its first festival in 2004, BWF has donated almost $700,000 to area nonprofits. Proceeds from this year’s Beaufort’s Brewin’ festival go toward the ongoing hurricane relief effort.
“Our efforts to give back to organizations that support our community are at the forefront of what we do … it’s why we hold events throughout the year and it’s something our members, volunteers and sponsors and guests can be proud of,” said Parker.
To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit beaufortwineandfood.com, call 252-515-0708 or stop by the BWF office at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort.