NC Hops Festival draws crowds of beer fans who miss the Brewgaloo vibe
The answer was at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh this weekend. It was there that on Saturday, the first NC Hops Festival brought together craft brewers and thirsty people who miss the tavern vibe at the height of the pandemic.
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For a fee of $ 45, beer lovers have the opportunity to sample a variety of local beers, cider, and seltzer during four-hour social distancing sessions.
âThe brewing industry and the small business industry have been hit hard during the pandemic,â said Jennifer Martin of Shop Local Raleigh. These are people who don’t have 401K corporate backing, things like that to help them. “
These breweries use witty names for their products, displayed on large, colorful signs to distinguish themselves from their friendly competitors.
âI mean, there are over 8,000 breweries in this country, they all make over 20 beers,â said Scott Olin of the NoDa Brewing Company. âThey all have unique names!
Some, like Tap Truck NC, have helped some of their festival neighbors manage the demand.
âWe are looking for breweries that are understaffed,â said Jim Morris. “We are a representative beverage catering company. We make beer and wine, whatever you can put in a keg.”
These kegs are training this weekend, but the portion sizes are not what you might order in a bar.
âWe want you to pick up your pace. Be responsible in all things. It’s a two-ounce mug the size of a sampler. Martin said.
“Look how small! They are so cute! I am delighted to fill it up a few times,” said Anna Gaines moments after entering the festival.
When asked which beer she would taste first, she replied, “There’s a bad word in the name and there are clowns in it!”
Outside, the festival organizers have organized several food trucks for those who are hungry while drinking. Designated drivers only paid ten dollars to enter with their friends who will attend a four-hour session.
The party continues on Sunday. with these sessions scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can RSVP by visiting the NC Hops Festival Facebook page.
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