Raise a glass to N.C. Beer Month

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With more than 200 breweries and brewpubs statewide, it should come as no surprise to anyone that North Carolinians love beer. We love it so much in fact that we have dedicated a month to it.

April is North Carolina Beer Month and all over the state people are grabbing a glass and raising it high to celebrate.

Beer festivals and other events dedicated to local brews are filling the calendars of people all across the state.

The Triangle alone has more than two dozen events scheduled this month to acknowledge the greatness of beer.

For example, the annual Brewgaloo N.C. Craft Beer Festival is next weekend and it is the largest N.C. craft beer festival. For two days, guests can sample craft beer from over 90 N.C. breweries and snack at over 50 food trucks.

In Kinston at Chef & the Farmer, a N.C. Beer Dinner is set for April 19. Mother Earth Brewery and Deep River Brewing Company brews will be paired with four courses throughout the evening for guests.

The walls of Wilson’s own 217 Brew Works are also decorated with beer-themed art work from local artists for the next three months. Community volunteer Wendy Moore contacts artists in the community about each quarter’s theme for the wall, which they are calling 217 Art Works, and chooses the art that is displayed.

217 Brew Works is also in the planning stages for an event downtown in a few weeks, which would finish out N.C. Beer Month.

The N.C. state tourism bureau and the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild have also come together in an effort to get people out and about exploring their local breweries. Over 100 breweries in the state are participating this year in a brewery passport. You can download and print your Pint Hound Passport at NCBeerMonth.com and collect stamps at the participating breweries you visit. At the end of the month, submit your passport and you could win free stuff.