Wake Forest, N.C. — White Street Brewing Company hosts one of the biggest parties in Wake Forest, and it happens once a month through the summer.
Friday Night on White, named after the street where the brewery resides, shuts down the road one Friday every month from April to September. Then it packs in food, beer and a free concert.
The event is built on the brewery's ethos to bring people together.
"One thing that we love is the fact that Wake Forest is such a tight-knit community," said Will Haddock of White Street, which sponsors the 919 Beer podcast. "As we grew a lot bigger, and our beer went out into the world, we realized that we needed to come back and do things to focus on that community and give them a 'Thank you.'
"They've brought us to where we are now."
The party was an instant hit when it debuted last year.
Jason Faulkner, a sales rep for the company, said the first iteration last year was so big that the brewery bought a second 10-tap beer truck to handle the crowds. Then, after the first event this year, they went out and bought a third.
The 30 truck taps, plus another 10 inside the tap room, pump out White Street's gold-medal-winning German-style Kolsch and Belgian blonde, Emmalynn, among other brews. All that beer is needed, too: The May edition of Friday Night on White brought out an estimated 14,000 people.
Haddock said the success is based on a simple recipe.
"We put a stage out there, we put live music, we put food trucks, and we have beer, and it is that easy," Haddock said.