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Celebrate craft beer with NC Beer Month

Posted March 26, 2014
Updated April 24, 2014

Workers in the Aviator Brewing Company tent pass out beer during Brewgaloo, Apr. 27, 2013 at Raleigh's City Plaza.  The event featured craft beers from North Carolina breweries as well as local food trucks. (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati)

— April is North Carolina Beer Month, and there are plenty of festivals, beer dinners and special events to celebrate.

More than 60 breweries in the state are participating. April will be a great time to take a beer-centric getaway to the mountains or beach, especially when hotels, breweries and attractions are creating vacation travel deals.

If you're just staying in the Triangle, don't worry – there will be plenty of beer events to keep you occupied! Take a look at some highlights of NC Beer Month below: 

Beer dinners

Midtown Grille and Raleigh Brewing Company (April 1) – RBC is taking over the taps for a five-course beer dinner.

Swine & Dine (April 2 at Zinda) – Five courses, each featuring a different part of the hog, paired with Crank Arm beer. Plus you can try some special Bloody Mary mix and take home some jerky.

Irregardless Cafe and White Street Brewing Company (April 2) – A four-course dinner benefiting the Community Music School. There is a vegetarian menu available.

Flights and Big Boss Brewing Company (April 3) – This dinner focuses on wild game paired with some favorite and seasonal Big Boss brews, like Hell's Belle and Centaur.

ORO (April 3, 10, 17, 24) - In honor of NC Beer month, this downtown Raleigh restaurant is holding special four-course dinners every Thursday featuring a different local brewery. It all kicks off April 3 with Raleigh Brewing Company. Other dinners will feature Lonerider, Crank Arm and Gizmo.

Sitti and Triangle Brewing Company (April 7) – The first of four beer dinners at Sitti this April. The menu includes tuna tartare, lamb shank and creme brulee paired with TBC beers.

Busy Bee Cafe and Deep River Brewing Company (April 9) – A five-course dinner paired with exclusive beers, including a fresh batch of Carpetbagger.

Lucky 32 and Gizmo Brew Works (April 10) – Six courses paired with six beers, including their limited-release Enigma Weizenbock.

Cameron Bar & Grill and Big Boss Brewing Company (April 15) – This special "Kegs & Eggs: Breakfast for Dinner" event will be a memorable meal.

Raleigh Times and Deep River Brewing Company (April 16) – There will be a staggering seven courses for this beer dinner.

Sitti and Terrapin Brewing Company (April 21) – This four-course dinner includes dishes like seared duck breast, roasted trout and a "Wake 'n' Baked Alaska."

Spring in the Beer Garden at Lantern (April 22) – Lantern is hosting Fullsteam, Mother Earth and Dashi for a cocktail party-style dinner benefiting charity.

Big Boss and Centro (April 24) – Enjoy beer and a spring menu featuring lighter fare and options from the grill.

Aviator & Lonerider Beer Dinner at Solas (April 25) – A six-course beer dinner featuring two local breweries.

White Street Beer Dinner at The Melting Pot in Raleigh (April 25) – Guests for this dinner will receive a Brewgaloo token and a White Street Brewing pint glass.

Lonerider Beer Dinner at The Oakz (April 28) – Seven courses and five beers at this recently opened Glenwood restaurant.

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Sitti (April 28) – A five course beer dinner featuring Mediterranean dishes.

The Oxford and Raleigh Brewing Company (April 30) – The Grand Finale dinner features unique dishes highlighting North Carolina deliciousness. A tasting of 10 local beers is after the dinner.


Beer & Bacon Fest (March 29 at Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary) – What a delicious combination! More than 75 beers, 15 restaurants and 10 types of bacon are coming together in this festival.

Casks on Fools Wake County Cask Fest (April 1 at Crank Arm Brewing, Raleigh) – Fifteen unique casks from 15 Wake County breweries will be on hand to start off NC Beer Month.

World Beer Festival (April 5 in Moore Square, downtown Raleigh) – More than 250 of the world's finest brews will be on tap to sample. It's sure to be a great party!

NC Cuegrass Festival (April 26 at The Pit in downtown Raleigh) – The Pit is shutting down the street for an afternoon of live bluegrass music, barbecue and beer.

Brewgaloo (April 26 on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh) – This fun street party features local craft beer, food trucks and live music. You can trade in tokens for a pint or a tasting card to try different beers.

Other events

NC Brewer's Collaborative (March 29 at White Street Brewing, Wake Forest) – Food trucks, bands and panel discussions about beer kick off NC Beer Month.

Busy Bee Barrel Aged Blowout (April 3 at Busy Bee Cafe, downtown Raleigh) – Busy Bee is celebrating 5 years with an awesome list of aged beers of various vintages and origins.

One Year Anniversary at Deep River Brewing in Clayton (April 4-5) – Celebrate Deep River's birthday with live music, special beer releases and more in a weekend of fun.

Brewery Olympics (April 19 at Raleigh Brewing Company) – The inaugural Brewery Olympics will feature six Triangle area breweries competing in events like keg stacking and speed bottle capping. There will also be trivia and a public cask tasting.

Beer Cooking Class (April 26 at Lucky 32) – Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen will demonstrate five recipes and serve a three course lunch, while brewers from Fullsteam will be on hand to talk about the brewing process.

Wake Brewers Wrap Party (April 30 at the NC Museum of Art) – Finish off NC Beer Month with a fundraiser for the SPCA. Local brewers and food trucks will be on hand for this dog-friendly event.

Check the NC Beer Month website for even more events!


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  • useyourheadalready Mar 27, 2014

    This is a celebration for the great beer that you can find here in NC. This isn't going out and drinking beer till you can't stand up. Good craft beer is like a fine wine, we aren't looking to get drunk, we are looking to taste great beverages. There will be the ones that do have too much, but they would do that without a NC beer month. The craft beer community is made up of really great and diverse people that enjoy something other than the macro-brewed water that everyone grew up with. Just because you don't drink doesn't make those that enjoy a craft beer alcoholics or even anyone who drinks less of a person than you are. NC is one of the leading states in the Craft Beer movement, it is something to be proud of!!! Go and celebrate the many things that make NC an awesome State to live in. Like it or not Beer is one of those things!! (steps off soap box)

  • Pepe Silvia Mar 27, 2014

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    I'm all for stricter anti-drunk driving regulations and all that, but this comment is just ridiculous.

  • iopsyc Mar 27, 2014

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    Or, you know, promote the responsible drinking of craft beer and the roughly 100 breweries in North Carolina that make it.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 27, 2014

    Seems to me this would be a perfect opportunity for police to set up check points all throughout the area.

  • Russell Chapman Mar 26, 2014
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    Because all who drink beer go on to kill someone.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 26, 2014

    Just what NC needs, an even promoting the drinking of alcohol.
    Will police be stationed right outside the event, to do breathalizer tests and arrest those who try to drive after?

  • wayneboyd Mar 26, 2014

    Dozens of Events Mark Beer Month....How many headstones will mark the graves of those killed by drunks during the same period.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 26, 2014

    Hold your nose.....that's not much in this world that smells worse than a beer faart.

  • Walkin Man Mar 26, 2014

    Another reason to get drunk! Can't fix stupid.

  • Terry Watts Mar 26, 2014
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    I started celebrating NC Beer Month about 20 years ago...