When the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark was built, myself and other beer-minded people wondered when the beautiful new venue would host a beer festival.
Well, we have our answer: the Knights’ ballpark will host the Charlotte Beerfest on Saturday, Sept. 20 (that’s a week before Charlotte Oktoberfest, tickets for which go on sale Aug. 1).
Tickets for the Charlotte Beerfest are on sale now. General admission tickets are $50 and get you a sampling glass and unlimited sampling from 5-9 p.m.; VIP tickets are $100, and get you all of that plus entry at 4 p.m. to try more limited beers, premium seating, private bathrooms and a festival t-shirt.
The festival’s brewer lineup is populated by a good amount of big beer (including “crafty” brands like Goose Island, Blue Moon, Magic Hat and Leinenkugel’s), and there will be themed stations around the ballpark that include Corona Find Your Beach and a Yuengling Pittsburgh Steelers Tailgate section.
Several NC craft breweries have signed on as well, though. These include The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, D9 Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Natty Greene’s, Oskar Blues and more. When asked if the brewer list was complete, festival organizers told me that they hoped to add more — especially those from Charlotte — soon.
There will be live music throughout the day as well, with the festival being headlined by Blues Traveler. Simplified and Charity Case will round out the musical offerings.
And speaking of charity, a portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids as well as USO of North Carolina.