Let’s do the numbers, shall we? The totals are in from this year’s QCBF and we are so very pleased to break it all down for you.
First, let’s snack on these stats:
- 55 gallons of Legion SouthPark’s bison chili-mac served and savored.
- 1,320 fresh and warm cookies handed out by Tiff’s Treats.
- 1,400 house oysters professionally shucked by Sea Level NC.
- 6.5 gallons Sum Bucha kombucha poured.
- 2,400 bags of Deep River Snacks chips munched.
- 101 lbs. of freshly prepared bites from Deacon Foodservice’s partners.
- 2,000 ounces of CupLux beverages dispensed.
- 17.75 lbs. of gourmet doughnuts crushed from Pepperbox Doughnuts.
- 1,200 Elote Loco Salads and 1,200 Platanos Maduros by Sabor devoured.
- 25 lbs. of It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Korn scooped.
- 150 lbs. of pretzel bites and 8 gallons of beer cheese plated by World of Beer Epicentre.
- 70 lbs. of Hampton Farms peanuts crunched.
- 150 lbs. of Queen City Pretzel Factory pretzels and 4 gallons of house-made mustard chopped and dipped.
- 40 lbs. of Tropical Foods snack mix tossed back.
- 50 lbs. of nibbles from Passanate’s Home Food Services snacked.
- 2 half-barrels of filtered water and flavored seltzer water splashed by the Catawba Riverkeeper courtesy of Blue Blaze Brewing.
- 218,000+ ounces of beer and cider sampled (very little spilled!).
- 10 first-time breweries made their smashing debut.
- 51 brewery and cider participants – most ever.
- Best of Show judging by Cheers Charlotte Radio:
- 1st place High Branch – Bossman Imperial Milk Stout with chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow and vanilla
- 2nd place Red Clay Ciderworks – Blueberry Crumble
- 3rd place Divine Barrel – Carolina Cobbler – Peach
- Just over $50,000 applied to Charlotte-area and North Carolina ACEing Autism program support.
- 65 new ACEing Autism volunteer candidates added to our Charlotte force.
- 70+ children with autism to benefit from specialized tennis programs in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
- 40′ x 80′ tennis court as the centerpiece of the event site.
- 20′ x 20′ table tennis court featuring ranked players from the Charlotte Table Tennis Club.
- 2,302 festival attendees – most ever.
- 52,500 sq. foot site plan.
Since 2012, QCBF’s mission has been to spotlight locally produced beer and the owners and brewers behind the offerings you enjoy every “Super Bowl Saturday”, while serving an important community program that benefits families in Charlotte and the surrounding area. This mission is more relevant than ever with Charlotte’s population, including its brewery count, growing at a steady clip year-over-year. This means there’s a larger autism community to be served, and QCBF serves as a unique celebratory event that contributes to positively impacting children and families from Mooresville to Rock Hill, east Charlotte to Gastonia.
Thanks to all who joined us this year, in previous years, and looking ahead to a little under a year from now, we’ll raise our tasting glass together for a 10th year!
Regional Director, ACEing Autism
Organizer, Queen City Brewers Festival