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Burly beers, hefty festivals throw weight around NC

Posted March 18

Beer will be throwing around some big weight this year in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild partnered (again) with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River to bring the Burly Beer Fest back. The festival is not only a great excuse to try lots of different beers, it also kicks off North Carolina Beer Month.

“The fest is focused on burly beers, the stronger beers, the beers that taste really good when it’s cold outside,” Margo Knight Metzger, executive director of the Guild, told the 919 Beer Podcast.

Metzger said the festival, held on April 1, will draw more than 50 breweries to the Sierra Nevada brewery and each will bring at least one barrel-aged beer or one barleywine. Some will bring two.

But the burly festival isn’t the only one throwing around weight this year.

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp tour is coming to Raleigh.

On June 17, Raleigh will host the more-than-100-brewery festival in downtown, though Metzger couldn’t say exactly where yet. The City of Oaks is the Tour’s only stop in the Southeast.

“I think 120 breweries from all over the place, including some North Carolina (breweries), of course,” Metzger said. “That’s going to be a big time.”

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