In just over 48 hours we will be banding wrists, opening the doors and getting to the pours!  If you were not able to get your hands on a ticket, rest assured we are in the midst of locking down a new venue for the 2014 festival (and the foreseeable future) which will enable us to increase the number of attendees.  As for this year’s event, here is a breakdown of what to expect and how to make the most of your session.

What to Watch for:
The centerpiece of the festival is without a doubt the Raffle Prize benefiting Partners for Parks.  The contributions we have received from the breweries, sponsors and partners is incredibly generous and truly appreciated.  While these items are the things a craft beer lover’s dreams are made of, please don’t hesitate to ask the friendly Partners for Parks representatives about projects, upcoming park events and how you can help support park and recreation facilities in your neighborhood.

Back to the prize itself, just take a look at this lineup!!  Please note entries are cash only.  If you happen to forget, there is an ATM right next to the raffle table.  Also, the first 50 entrants at each session will receive a very cool item from the NoDa Brewing Run Club Powered by OrthoCarolina Running!

Session #1 Prize:

Raffle Prize up for grabs for second session attendees…
Session #2 Prize:

A close second to the Partners for Parks table and raffle prize, is of course, the beer.  Queen City Brewers Festival’s motto after all is “Charlotte On Tap” so here’s what’s on tap (full descriptions including style, ABV and notes will be detailed in the event program):

Ass Clown Brewing Company


Birdsong Brewing

Doin’ Thyme Witbier
Jalapeno Pale Ale
Super Brew: MexiCali Stout

Four Friends Brewing

Race Day Pale Ale
Queen City Red
Super Brew: Red, White & Brew

Free Range Brewing

Art, Son of Pale
Cream of the Crop
Rice Rice Baby
Biere de Gourde
Super Brew: yet-unnamed Oyster Stout

Heist Brewery

American Style Red Ale
Oatmeal Stout
Super Brew: TBA


Pale Ale
Royal English Amber Ale
Winter Amber Ale
Scottish Ale
Alligator Ale
Super Brew: TBA

Kind Beers

Pale Ale
Super Brew: Imperial Pale Ale

NoDa Brewing Company

Hop, Drop ‘n Roll
Coco Loco
Hope’s Stout
Cold Crash Winter Ale
Super Brew: TBA

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Captain Jack Pilsner
Super Brew: Fat Boy Baltic Porter

Rock Bottom Brewery

White Ale
Brown Ale
Red Ale
Super Brew: Double IPA

Triple C Brewing Co.

Light Rail Pale Ale
Smoked Amber
Greenway IPA
Super Brew: Up All Night Breakfast Porter

Tips for entry:
Will call will be open beginning at 9am and you may pick up your tickets for either session at that time with a photo ID.  It would be helpful to bring your printed email confirmation with you.  A line for entry will begin forming about an hour before doors open.  While in line, Neighborhood Theatre staff will beginning checking IDs and will give you a wristband.  From there you will present your ticket at the door and pick up your tasting glass and program.

Once inside…
There will be plenty to see, do and eat. We have very cool bands on hand (one at each session) for your listening pleasure; three extremely talented local artists displaying their works; food will be available from Revolution Ale HouseJJ’s Red Hots and Earth FareLenny Boy will be pouring Kombucha samples to cleanse your palate; Charlotte Beer’s Daniel Hartis will be in the house to talk about his book on Charlotte Brewing History; Yelp has you covered with cool swag and the must-have pretzel necklace; World of Beer takes you outside the QC with its beer samples; and if you’ve had enough and just want to step back for a bit then grab a copy of the latest Charlotte Magazine (including a comprehensive article on Charlotte’s beer scene!) and have yourself a few glasses of Diamond Springs Water.  Whew!

If you have any questions or needs, we have a veteran group of volunteers on hand.  Please spread out and make full use of the venue.  As we know, the Neighborhood Theatre is a unique, cozy and comfortable venue for a beer festival.

If you haven’t had enough of NoDa then be sure to visit our Proud Sponsor immediately across the street at Revolution Ale House.  Just tell ’em QCBF sent ya and you’ll be taken good care of.  If your post-session plans take you elsewhere, our friends at Keffer Hyundai will gladly taxi you to your area-destination (within 5 miles) FREE of charge!  Just send us an email to register for a ride.

Last, but not least please sample RESPONSIBLY and take a few minutes before your session begins to ensure you have plans to get home SAFELY.

-The QC Brew Fest Team

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