Beaufort Wine and Food set for annual craft beer festival

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, July 2, 2018

Prepare to raise a glass Sept. 28-29 to mark Beaufort Wine and Food’s third annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin.

The two-day festival will feature a variety of events held in Beaufort and will range in size from beer dinners, luncheons and seminars to the 500 person Beer, Bubbles and BBQ tasting event at Front Street Village.

“Beaufort Wine and Food is excited to once again tap in to this passionate industry and following and offer our third annual craft beer festival late September,” said Lindsay Parker, executive director for BWF. “With over 175 breweries and brewpubs across the state, North Carolina boasts the largest number of brewers in the American South. Beaufort Wine and Food is thrilled to have the opportunity to spotlight the Crystal Coast as a beer destination for our state.”

Partnering with regional distributors and over two dozen breweries from across the state and beyond, BWF has crafted a stellar line up of events to generate great exposure for the organization and the Crystal Coast.

A beer seminar will kick off the two-day event on Friday and will be held at Backstreet Pub featuring a number of breweries. The format for this event will allow guests to meet a number of brew masters and brewery owners and sample their product directly. This event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and tickets will be $20.

On Friday evening, BWF is excited to announce the return of its popular Pub Crawl. Participating restaurants and venues in downtown Beaufort will offer guests a chance to meet the brewers and sample beer and cuisine pairings at each stop. The event will be held from 6-8 pm and feature 10 stops. Tickets to this event will sell out, so do not delay in purchasing your tickets.

Rounding out the evening on Friday are beer dinners starting at 7 p.m. and will be offered in two area restaurants. These beer dinners will feature the local host chef and guest brewer on site to walk guests through the multi-course menu. Tickets to the beer dinners are $50 and participating restaurants will be announced closer to the event date.

On Saturday, beer luncheons will kick off the day starting at noon and will be offered in two area restaurants. These beer luncheons will feature the host chef and brewer on site to walk guests through the multi-course menu. Tickets to these luncheons are $40 and participating restaurants will be announced closer to the event date.

Then it is time for the headline event for the festival – Beer, Bubbles and BBQ, which will be held at Front Street Village (2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort) from 3-7 p.m. and feature over 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 a variety of BBQ and sides, as a number of regional pitmasters put their best dish forward in a BBQ competition. The winner will be announced during the event and will receive $500 to donate to charity. Live music will round out the entertainment for the afternoon event. 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,” say Ms. 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 NC’s beer scene what it is today.”

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards BWF’s mission to support local charities and non-profits that strive to improve life in Carteret County. 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 towards BWF’s next major community project: a donation of $100,000 to the construction of the new, state of the art culinary building on the campus of Carteret Community College. This new facility will more than triple the number of students served in the culinary, baking and pastry and hospitality programs.

“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,” Parker said.

Tickets will go on sale in late July. More information is available online at, by calling 252-515-0708 or stopping by the BWF office at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort.