Now in its sixth year, Charlotte Craft Beer Week returns to the Queen City with a bevy of special tappings, festivals and other events running from March 20-28.
Events are still being added to the Charlotte Craft Beer Week events page, but those familiar with past beer weeks will notice some old favorites. Duckworth’s on Park Rd. will once again hold its cask festival from 1-5 p.m. this Saturday, March 21. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at Duckworth’s (or call 704-527-5783), which gets you a tasting glass and a six-ounce pour from one-off casks created by the following seven breweries: NoDa Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, Wicked Weed Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co. and Stone Brewing. You’ll be asked to vote in the “Battle of the Casks,” with the winner being deemed the 2015 Cask Festival Champion.
Later that Saturday night, Salud Beer Shop will celebrate three years by tapping a variety of North Carolina beers. Fonta Flora is bringing their Hop Beard IPA, Year of the Goat Saison and red wine barrel-aged Barleywine, as well as Baba Budan Coffee IPA — the collaboration they did with Boone’s Appalachian Mountain Brewing. Wicked Weed will have their XL whiskey barrel-aged Peppercorn Saison and Genesis Blonde Sour. Fullsteam will be contributing the Deus Ex Machina, a sour stat aged on cherries, as well as the Hop Rocks Sour IPA they brewed with Wooden Robot Brewery, which is set to open in Charlotte later this year. Rounding out the all-NC tap list will be NoDa’s Salted Caramel Stout, Steel String’s Zupfen Gose, Burial Skillet Donut Stout and Natty Greene’s Brett IPA.
For the fifth year in a row, The Liberty will be hosting “The Lost Founders” event in their private downstairs room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. They will be pouring rare Founders beers like CBS, KBS and Breakfast Stout (as well as some aged bottles of those last two). Pay by the pint or flight.
Both the South End and Plaza Midwood Common Market locations will be bringing back their well-known events. For the South End location, that means Freak Fest — a mini festival held from 6-11 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Freak Fest features “fire twirlers, light bulb eaters, suspension, drag show” and other assorted oddities. The Plaza Midwood location (which just remodeled its bar) will once again host its annual Rumble in the Alley, wherein 15 North Carolina breweries will compete in a blind tasting competition. For $25, you get in between 6-7:30 p.m. to judge these beers blind and vote for your favorites. The winner will be crowned at 7:30 p.m., after which you can continue to drink until the kegs are gone. DJ ThatGuySmitty will be providing the music.
Of course, there are several other events — including many new, first-time happenings — that you can find here. Many breweries and bars are putting on their own events that may not be listed on the official page, so keep an eye out for those.
The official closer of the week for the second year in a row will be the All Ale to the Queen beer carnival, held Saturday, March 28 at Amos’ Southend. Like last year, you can expect such sideshows as jugglers, acrobats, hula hoopers, glass eaters and belly dancers. There are two sessions, tickets for which can be purchased at www.allaletothequeen.com.