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Fall in Raleigh calls for a seasonal beer fest

Posted October 21, 2014

Take an inside look at Bombshell Beer Company, a new brewery in Holly Springs.

— The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest, held Saturday, Nov. 1, at Cardinal Hall on Lead Mine Road, combines Halloween fun with craft beer.

There will be a costume contest, so wear your Halloween best. The winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

The event benefits the NC Therapeutic Riding Center, one of the oldest therapeutic riding programs in North Carolina. Children, teens and adults with a variety of special challenges have benefited from NCTRC for more than 30 years.

General admission is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Admission includes live music from Jack The Radio and a souvenir glass.

VIP admission, $45 in advance and $50 the day of, starts an hour before general admission and includes a special Cabot Cheese and Fortnight beer pairing.

Designated driver tickets are $15 and available at the door the day of event.

This beer festival aims to have a more intimate feel, giving guests the opportunity to talk with brewers and avoid long lines.

Participating breweries and cideries, listed below, represent some local favorites and popular out-of-state breweries.

  • Abita Beer
  • Aviator Brewing Company
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Bombshell Beer Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Brüeprint Brewing Company
  • Bull City Ciderworks
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
  • Fortnight Brewing Company
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Lonerider
  • The Mash House Brewery & Chophouse
  • Naked Apple Hard Cider
  • Nickelpoint Brewing Co.
  • Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina
  • Pig Pounder Brewery
  • Mystery Brewing Company
  • Woodchuck Cider

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  • jmoxley2010 Oct 22, 2014

    Good fun for a good cause...and they're responsible enough to offer cheap taxi service for only $15.

  • iopsyc Oct 22, 2014

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    Luckily, you can choose not to attend.

  • PowderedToastMan Oct 21, 2014

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    Ooooohhhh....you get a glass to take home. Using a charity to sell beer is a bad excuse to rip people off for beer.

  • Sonja Yagel Oct 21, 2014
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    Yeah, Raleigh needs more boozers on the road so they can wreck, run over pedestrians, etc. Not enough death and destruction has happened yet.

  • Ororo Munroe Oct 21, 2014
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    Indeed also add religion. Nothing but good stuff there.

  • Rod Runner Oct 21, 2014
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    So did you miss that it benefits the NC Therapeutic Riding Center? You aren't paying just for beer.

    Not to mention there is a band there and you get to take a glass home.

    It's weird that you got all the way down to how much it costs and failed to acknowledge that it's for a charity.

  • Rod Runner Oct 21, 2014
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    There are plenty of craft beers that are not IPA's.

  • jonara Oct 21, 2014

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    That's true actually. Even deadly rivals in the animal kingdom get along together when the African Marula fruit is in full fermentation.
    Maybe we could all just get along.

  • CommonSenseLuddite Oct 21, 2014

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    Sounds like a good event. Wish more local breweries would be in attendance, but you have to start somewhere and build on it. For charity, sure, I'll pony up some money to enjoy some craft brews.

    As for the encouragement of alcohol use...Yep. Same goes with gun use, too. Oops, wait a minute...I think my argument just fell apart... :)

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Oct 21, 2014
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    Yeap, we need to encourage alcohol use. Just think of all the good that has come from drinking. Some think civilization arose around alcohol.