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Surry County’s wine industry has been the subject of much hype in recent years, but a decision last week will allow craft beers to increasingly belly up to the bar as a festival attraction.
The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during a meeting Thursday night to amend a city ordinance, which is expected to lead to a greater beer presence during the upcoming Budbreak Wine Festival downtown. The change also will pertain to other events.
Thursday’s action resulted from a request by Budbreak organizers, which recognizes a reality among modern consumers. “The request is to have crafted malted beverages treated in the same manner as the wine industry,” according to a city documents regarding the issue.
“It is our observation and belief that the craft beer/micro-beer segment is as popular as the interest in the wine industry,” the organizers’ request further stated.
“Craft beers are becoming a big thing, and if you think about it, everybody doesn’t drink wine,” one organizer, Bob Meinecke, said Monday.
“People, for the same reason they like wines with food, like good-tasting beers with food,” he said.
Last week’s vote by the city commissioners is paving the way for a craft beer presence on the street for the first time ever during the Budbreak event, now in its fifth year.
It also will represent a first from a festival standpoint. While an area might host a beer or wine festival, the marriage of the two hasn’t been attempted as it will be during the upcoming Budbreak gathering sponsored by the Mount Airy Rotary Club in cooperation with the Downtown Business Association.
“It’s our notion that no other wine festivals around the state have introduced craft beers,” Meinecke said.
“We don’t want to become a beer festival — we just want to enhance our wine festival,” he explained, while also supplying a product people want and ask for at such gatherings.
The city’s action last week struck down a restriction on street festivals that any craft beer involved must be manufactured in Surry County. A change in language will allow craft beer made “in any North Carolina county” to be included.
“It is a recognition that North Carolina is developing a craft beer industry and it is a part of North Carolina’s economic base,” Mayor Deborah Cochran acknowledged Monday. “The governor has designated April as North Carolina Beer Month.”
The ordinance tweak is expected to lead to about four craft beer operations being allotted space on the street during the Budbreak festival, which Meinecke says is quite limited at the event that has become popular with vendors. Organizers are hoping to attract larger participation overall as a result.
The ordinance change recognizes that craft beer products carried at Old North State Winery downtown are manufactured by the Foothills brewing operation in Winston-Salem. Since craft brewing is now done on a limited scale in this area, lessening the restrictions to include any North Carolina county will promote the greater craft beer presence at Budbreak.
When the action was taken last week by the commissioners, the distinction was made that the measure pertains to craft beer producers and not major brands such as Budweiser.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.
Hawkshead Brewery ‘Spring Beer Festival 2014′
4:47pm Friday 7th March 2014 in News
FESTIVAL TIME: The beer hall at Hawkshead Brewery
Beers from some of the most exciting new craft breweries in the country will be on tap at the 7th Spring beer festival at The Beer Hall at Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley.
Over March 14 and 16, over 60 beers from 13 breweries, all young independents, will be exhibited, including a mystery beer, The Illusionist.
This is a collaboration between Magic Rock Brewing and Hawkshead, and the reigning CAMRA champion beer of the North West, Hawkshead’s Cumbrian Five Hop.
Hawkshead head brewer, Matt Clarke, said: “Our beer festivals have become a north west institution, which we change every year in line with the rapid pace of change in the British brewing industry.
“There are now more breweries, more beer styles more flavours than ever before and we try to reflect that.”
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Compared with February’s busy schedule of beery happenings, March is looking a bit quieter for beer festivals in London, yet it’s not entirely an empty glass. As always, let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anything.
10-14 March: The London Ale Festival 2014
Some might argue that JD Wetherspoon’s interpretation of the term ‘beer festival’ is somewhat misleading. The company often uses it to describe a brief focus on certain types of beer in its pubs, which otherwise continue to operate as normal. But if this doesn’t phase you, some fine-looking London-brewed beers may be consumed at the final leg of its ‘Battle of the Brewers’ London Ale Festival. A number of central London Wetherspoon pubs will be participating, but it’s the Crosse Keys in the City that seems to be making the most noise about it.
12-14 March: London Drinker Beer Cider Festival
As the CAMRA organisers will tell you, this is the “longest running London beer festival in one place”. This possibly says as much about the nature of the King’s Cross venue as about the event itself, but let’s not be overly pedantic – it looks like a well-organised festival with a great range of beers. In fact, the published beer list is excellent and extensive, featuring brews from a considerable number of London’s smaller brewers (including a couple of beers from Peter Haydon’s wonderfully elusive ‘A Head In a Hat’ range) as well as many from further afield. Entrance is £3.50 (£2.50 for CAMRA members), with some exceptions – see the North London CAMRA website for full details.
26-29 March: Wandsworth Common Beer Festival
Taking place in the grounds of the impressive ‘Le Gothique’ (AKA the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building), this biannual festival tends to combine fine beer and notable surroundings to great effect. Next month’s event looks to continue this trend, promising 120 beers and 30 ciders, plus wine, food and live music. Tickets cost £4 (£3 for CAMRA members before 5pm) for the Thursday, Friday or Saturday, or there’s a £25 all-inclusive preview evening on the Wednesday. See the ‘Le Gothique’ website for more details, or book tickets at Eventbrite.
28-30 March: The Grape Grain Spring Beer Festival
The CAMRA-beloved Grain Grain in Crystal Palace is keeping rather quiet about this – in fact, at the time of writing, its website makes no mention of it at all. But the advert in London Drinker magazine (PDF, see the bottom of page 48) seems to state pretty clearly that the Spring Beer Festival, featuring “at least 16 real ales and ciders” will take place over the last weekend of the month. Worth a look, if you happen to be in the area.
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GIG HARBOR — After two-years of planning, procrastinating, and persuading investors, a new brewery and taproom — the Gig Harbor Brewing Company — will be opening in the new year.
The brewery will be a 10-barrel, multi-vessel automated system engineered specifically for Gig Harbor Brewing Company’s beer styles. Plans for the new brewery have the first kegs rolling out in late-November 2014, with more starting to show up shortly thereafter wherever great beers are sold in Western Washington.
The new brewery is the result of co-owner and sales manager John Fosberg’s long-held enthusiasm for craft beer.
“First we got hooked on the incredibly-creative beers produced locally — 7 Seas, Harmon, Duo Brewing,” he said. “Then it was attending and volunteering at beer festivals around the Northwest — then we starting brewing our own — and before we knew it, we were producing the Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Starting our own brewery is the next logical step in our craft beer dreams.”
Fosberg said that he had been kicking around ideas for a brewing company for several years, learning as much as he could about the industry through various organizations, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, and talking with other brewers, but start-up costs and his busy creative agency, Fosberg Media Group, kept getting in the way of moving beyond the planning stages.
“I really loved the passion this industry has for its product, and I kept feeling that I really wanted to be a part of something like that. I couldn’t shake it,” Fosberg said.
A chance meeting during a trip to Europe in 2012 was enough to finally convince Fosberg to move forward with his brewery ideas. “I was walking along the streets of Nuremburg, Germany during the Christmas Markets. It was pouring down snow, so I stopped into a local pub, and there, sitting at the bar was a 40-something bloke from England wearing a “Beer Advocate” cap. I thought, ‘it’s a sign’. We talked for a long time about craft beer, breweries, and festivals in Great Britain, and all the places he had specifically traveled to in the U.S. just to visit craft breweries and taste the beer. Now that’s passion. That was the moment I decided to go forward. The Gig Harbor Brewing Company had to happen.”
On his return and with a renewed enthusiasm for the project, Fosberg said he quickly enlisted the help of several trusted advisors, two of whom were a lawyer and an accountant to put the final finishing touches on the new venture’s business plan.
Once the business plan was complete, Fosberg started talking to potential investors, and found it easy to convince people to get involved. “Everyone loved the idea from the start. We’re still looking for a few more investors to be a part of this, but a big chunk of the money has come from a small group of people who really fell in love with the project,” he said.
Trevor Nicol, a local brew master from Tacoma will be in charge of brewing at the new company. The brewery’s first three beers will be Galloping Gertie Pale Ale, Round Rock Pilsner, and Mosquito Fleet IPA™. The beer names have been chosen to represent some of the historical local icons and traditions of Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, and Tacoma Narrows. “We wanted the beer names to be very locally tied to the area — a real Harbor flavor,” added Fosberg. In the future, other seasonal and limited-release recipes are also planned.
The location of the new brewery and other details will be announced later this year.
CALLS have been made for more beer festivals to be held as pubs enjoyed big success on the back of Gosport’s Winterfest.
New customers packed the town’s locals as they sampled more beers after the event – and now landlords want their good fortune to continue.
Deana Geary, of The Junction Tavern in Leesland Road, saw her takings rise by 20 per cent.
Deana volunteered behind the festival’s bars, and that helped because once people found out who she was, they went off afterwards to try her pub’s beers.
‘It’s important that we see more beer festivals because they generate more interest in the local pubs,’ she
‘It would also help the pubs who would otherwise be struggling.
‘The E1 bus route is right outside my pub, so people were able to come and have a drink, then get back on the bus to Fareham.
‘At these kind of events, you get members of the Campaign for Real Ale from places like Southampton and when they’re in Gosport, they like to visit pubs which are in the Good Beer Guide – like mine and Queen’s Hotel.’
Patrick Noonan, landlord of The Clarence Tavern, in Clarence Road, enjoyed seeing more customers after Winterfest’s Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.
‘Anything that helps the pub industry at the moment has got to be a good thing,’ he said.
‘We’re getting slaughtered by the supermarkets.
‘Winterfest is one of the best things to have happened in Gosport.
‘There’s always a few extra people who come in to sample the beers.’
As reported, Sue Lampon, of Queen’s Hotel, in Queen’s Road, saw takings double as punters piled in to sample more brews.
Meanwhile, the local branch of the Camra will meet in the next seven to 10 days to discuss how to revive the former Portsmouth Beer Festival, which was axed in 2010.
It comes as organiser Ben Mills, who runs the Belle Isle in Osborne Road and Little Johnny Russell’s in Albert Road, Southsea, announced another city beer festival would be held at Portsmouth Guildhall in May.
REAL ales of the highest calibre attracted the crowds for the start of one of the winter’s biggest beer festivals.
The annual Gosport Winterfest returned for the 22nd year in a row yesterday in the familiar and much-loved surroundings of Thorngate Halls.
Over the two-day bash, more than 1,000 people will have sampled drinks from a range of more than 80 real ales and a selection of cider and perries – all the while being entertained by music from M27s, Portsmouth City Band, Shep Woolley, and of course, good conversation.
Nigel Firth-Penney, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale who works on the cider bar, said: ‘It’s one of the biggest winter beer festivals in the south.
‘We get people coming from all over. We get several generations of the same family.
‘There’s people who come back every year, as well as first-timers.
‘It’s nice to see old faces, and nice to see new ones as well.’
There are four sessions over the two days and last night’s event was a sell-out.
For the first time in the festival’s history, punters have been able to drink third-of-a-pint samplers – meaning people get to try out a wider range of beers.
There was also a LocAle bar, which offers ales brewed within a 30-mile radius of Gosport.
Asked what the secret to the festival’s success is, Nigel said: ‘The first thing is the great variety of real ales, ciders and perries.
‘It’s all in top condition.
‘It’s a fun festival. It’s nice surroundings in Thorngate Halls. You have one bar with the music on and one quiet bar.
‘For real ale and cider fans, it’s a big day on the calendar.’
This year The News will have a seat on the judging panel which decides which beers taste the best.
The event is being run by volunteers from the Campaign for Real Ale’s Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch.
Here’s to a great Ilkley Beer Festival
12:02am Saturday 8th February 2014 in News
By Rhys Thomas, TA Reporter
Sarah-Jane Peters, of Guiseley, helps out at Ilkley Beer Festival
Beer connoisseurs were out in force yesterday to sample real ales, ciders and perrys at the annual Ilkley Beer Festival.
Ilkley Round Table’s fifth beer festival has taken over the Kings Hall and Winter Garden, Station Road, raising money for good causes.
Sessions took place yesterday and continue today 5pm until 11pm.
Over the two days the popular annual event will see 15,000 pints of beer consumed, as well as 1,000 pints of cider.
It is now Ilkley Round Table’s biggest fund raiser and to date has raised over £100,000 for local charities and good causes. Proceeds from the beer festivals are distributed to a number of local good causes and organisations.
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There are too many people out there who don’t know how to take their drink responsibly.
They are the sort of people who make it almost impossible, at times, to enjoy a night out without worrying about the threat of violence or someone being ill over your shoulder.
Everyone has seen something outrageous on a night out in any of our town centres as the so-called binge drinker ruins it for everyone else.
So how it is that you can pack 2,700 into one venue over one weekend, ply them with almost 12,000 pints of beer between them and leave the venue and the surrounding area unscathed?
There is a simple answer.
And that answer is that despite the omnipresence of large amounts of beer and people eager to partake in it, a well organised beer festival will almost always pass without incident.
I am a veteran of all but one of the 10 Pendle Beer Festivals.
I have attended similar events at the Mechanics in Burnley and at a variety of local pubs and clubs.
And like the weekend’s beery extravaganza in Colne, they all pass without the need for the police to come and sort things out or for paramedics to scrape people up off the floor.
They are well organised events for “grown-up” drinkers of all ages.
People travel from outside the area to attend beer festivals, especially when the organisers have the foresight to give designated drivers free soft drinks rather than clatter them with exhorbitant “parking fees” for their choice of cola.
And they travel safe in the knowledge that it does not matter where they are in the country, a well organised beer festival will be a safe haven for anyone who is a devotee of the Good Beer Guide.
Pendle won some new friends at the weekend as people attended for the first time.
The same will happen at Padiham Town Hall next month and at The Mechanics and all the other venues following suit later in the year.
How? Simple really. There won’t be lines of shots and bombs and alco-pops. But there will be people having a good time – and doing so responsibly.
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With Dry January a distant memory (what do you mean, you didn’t even do it?) and the festival season hotting up again after its hiatus, it’s time to to give beer a bit of love. Here’s our selection of the best beer festivals and beery events going on around London throughout February.
Wednesday 5-Friday 7 February: Battersea
OK, so this one is on right now. Still, who needs notice for a beer? Now in its 24th year, the large-scale Battersea Beer Festival is organised annually by the South West London branch of CAMRA and promises its biggest selection of beers yet. Included will be over 150 British real ales and around 50 more offerings made up of ciders, perries and foreign beers. It’s held in the impressive surrounds of Battersea Arts Centre from midday until 11pm each day.
Thursday 6 February: Hampton Court
On the off-chance that you’re free tonight, how d’you fancy meeting the brewers from Meantime? The Prince of Wales in Hampton Court is holding a meet-the-brewer evening, with a chance to come and see the guys behind the pints, and also try a few of them for yourselves. Even without this special event, the Prince of Wales has an excellent ale selection, so it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t already.
Saturday 8 February: Hackney and Stratford
Less a beer festival than a social for the East London City branch of CAMRA, but worth knowing about all the same. Members from the Southampton CAMRA area will be coming up to see the East London folk and they’ll be visiting three brewpubs in the area with anyone interested very welcome to join in with some pints and beer chat. Find them at 1.30pm at Cock Tavern on Mare Street, 4pm at Crate in Hackney Wick, and at 6pm at Tap East in Westfield Stratford City.
Saturday 15 February: Wanstead
A pop-up ale and meet-the-brewer event set in Christchurch Hall, this event sees local microbrewery Upstart sell their first and second creations, Alpha (pale ale) and Beta (dark lager). Brewer James will be on hand should you have any questions, and there’ll also be extra beers from Pitfield Brewery in Essex. It runs from 11am-7pm.
Saturday 15 February: Hornsey, Crouch End, Crouch Hill and Harringay
Organised by London Pubs Group, join a daytime crawl around eight of the best pubs in N8 and N4; anyone who’s interested and would like to join in is welcome. It kicks off at midday at The Three Compasses in Hornsey and keeps up good pace to get to The Salisbury on Green Lanes for 6pm. The other stop-offs and timings for each can be found at the links above.
Friday 21-Saturday 22 February: Orpington
If you happen to be close to the south-eastern edge of London, then this mini beer festival in Orpington Liberal Club may be up your street. There will be 25 real ales and five ciders and perries, available from 11am-11pm both days. There’s a charge of £5.40 for entry, but you get two beers for that money. And prices for pints start at a bargainous £2.70. Details here.
Friday 21-Sunday 23 February: Shoreditch
After its inaugural outing last year, Craft Beer Rising is back. And it’s bigger, too. It runs from 11am until midnight on the Friday and Saturday and until 6pm on Sunday, but the longer days are split into sessions, so check the website for details. Expect 60 breweries showcasing more than 200 beers, live music and some excellent street food stalls. It’s definitely out for the title of being London’s best beer festival, and we reckon it’s pretty close to that (in terms of the festival atmosphere, not just the beer). This is a must visit.
Throughout February: Shoreditch
The Craft Beer Social Club is a pop-up pub in Shoreditch, which re-opens today on Leonard Street following on from a successful run on Shoreditch High Street before Christmas. It’s open every Thursday to Saturday until 8 March and combines a hefty ale and beer selection with street food residencies and a social attitude. They’ll showcase in the region of 15 different beers a week (this week’s list is here), and offer table service by ‘beer sommeliers’. While this means you don’t have to queue, it also means that booking is advised; details of all that here.
Any more for any more? Have we missed any? If so, let us know in the comments below.
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Throughout the month of February, many of Washington, DC’s museums and venues are offering deals that cater to an array of interests. If you’re looking for a date idea for Valentine’s Day weekend, or just an excuse to do some traveling, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some events exclusively taking place on Valentine’s Day weekend:
- If you’re into film and photography, check out the World Traveler Date Night. It’s the perfect culture and cuisine package for you and/or the film-loving traveler in your life. This February 14-16, the National Geographic Museum is rolling out the red carpet to all attendees for an Oscar-nominated foreign film with after-hours access to the museum, as well as drinks and dessert. Be sure to use promo code “NatGeoNightOut” to get the special $16 rate per person.
- You’ll need your drinking shoes for the Drink the District President’s Day Beer Festival at Dock5 at Union Market. For only $30 per person, you and your date could sample more than 50 different types of beers. The festival will also have live entertainment and tons of food available from local food trucks. It’s a must-attend for any beer lover in your life. Be sure to get tickets in advance as there are only four sessions: one on Friday, February 14 starting at 6pm and three on Saturday, February 15 starting at noon.
Already booked up for Valentine’s Day weekend? Here are a couple events that are taking place all February long:
- Start off by taking in the world-renowned art collections at The National Gallery of Art, and then enjoy a special dessert deal from the world-renowned chef, Michel Richard. You and your date will be treated to chocolate truffle cake and two glasses of wine for $20 at Garden Café Francais.
- Stay Classy at the Newseum’s latest addition, “Anchorman: The Exhibit!” which features props, costumes, and footage from the hit comedy. If you and your co-anchorman or woman mention “Anchormaniac”, you’ll receive a free mustache with the purchase of your tickets!
For all these February event details and much more, please visit here.