Let’s cut to the chase: there are a lot of upcoming Charlotte beer festivals. Enough, in fact, to carry us through spring and into summer with a fest just about every weekend.
And while I wish I had the time to write individually about all of them, I’ve been a little swamped lately. So in the interest of time, I’ll briefly add the ones I know of below (if I’m missing one, please let me know!).
Spring/Summer Charlotte Beer Festivals
Saturdays and Sundays until May 17: Carowinds Taste of the Carolinas focuses more on food than beer, however the iconic amusement part has made it a point to bring some craft beers into the mix for this festival.
Saturday, April 18: The Battle of the Brews pits 10 of Charlotte’s breweries against other, but for charity.
Sunday, April 19: For the third year in a row, Beer Me BrewFest will celebrate National Beer Day in South End.
Saturday, May 2: For the seventh year in a row, the Gastonia Grizzlies Ballpark Beer Fest will take place under the lights of Sims Legion Park.
Friday, May 8 to Saturday, May 9: Like camping, music and beer? The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival is for you. It’s always one of the area’s more popular festivals.
Saturday, May 16: The South End Hops Festival returns for its second year, featuring local breweries and food trucks in support of the Chronic Illness Relief Fund.
Saturdays in May: Speedway All American Craft Brewer’s Festival: You know craft beer is hot when NASCAR, long a bastion of big beer, is holding its own beer festivals. Personally I think it’s great that Charlotte institutions like Carowinds and Charlotte Motor Speedway are making an effort to bring in more craft beer. And while this mobile beer garden hasn’t yet announced a brewery list, events at other tracks seem to have a big craft focus. And the NC Craft Brewers Guild is partnering with them, which is a good sign. There are three different days this festival will take place: Saturday, May 16; Saturday, May 23; and Sunday, May 24.
Saturday, June 13: Fonta Flora’s State of Origin festival is actually outside of Charlotte in Morganton, but it’s worth a drive. This year, every beer served will incorporate NC-grown ingredients.
Saturday, June 13: The USNWC Brew Stash Bash starts in the morning with a 6K, though if you’re like me and have no interest in running you can just show up for the festival itself. This one’s unique in that you purchase cards to cash in for beer samples, as opposed to unlimited sampling.
Saturday, June 27: All About Beer Magazine is no stranger to beer festivals, as they put on the World Beer Festivals in Raleigh, Durham, Columbia, SC and Cleveland. Now, they’re coming to Charlotte. They’re partnering with the NC Craft Brewers Guild to put on the North Carolina Brewers Celebration at the BB&T Ballpark.