Carolina Brewsfest returns for the fourth year
High Point is home to the Carolina Brewsfest, and according to the press release, the festival is the region’s largest combination craft beer festival featuring only North Carolina-based craft beers and endurance event.
The festival is in its fourth year and will be held at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, located at 200 E. Commerce Ave on May 12 from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets for the Carolina Brewsfest are $7 online or $10 at the door, and participants must purchase $5 tickets for a pint of beer. There is also an unlimited tasting pass for $35 online or $40 at the door. This ticket option gets participants unlimited 3 oz. tasting and a commemorative tasting glass.
The release states that there will be 40 breweries serving their best brews as well as food trucks and vendors from across the region and live music. The breweries include local favorites such as Brown Truck Brewery (High Point), Four Saints Brewing Company (Asheboro), Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company (Winston-Salem), Red Oak Brewing (Whitsett), Hoots Beer Company (Winston-Salem), Liberty Brewing Company (High Point), Preyer Brewing Company (Greensboro), Wise Man Brewing (Winston-Salem), Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem) and Natty Greene’s Brewing Company (Greensboro).
Food trucks include Porter House (burgers) , Manna (sandwiches and sides), Rustic Roots (farm-to-fork cuisine), Baconessence (bacon-inspired dishes), Zeko’s To-Go (multi-cuisine), Wired (coffee), Food Freaks (American cuisine), Baguetteaboutit (baguette sandwiches and hot dogs) and Wingz and Thyngz (chicken). The live music will feature New Orleans’ Neutral Snap, a five-piece band playing both original and cover music. According to the release, the event is not only for families but also for “four-legged friends” as well.
Brown Truck Brewery is an event brewer and sponsor of the Brewers’ VIP social the evening before the festival. Brown Truck has been involved with Carolina Brewsfest since its inception.
“It’s nice to have a hometown event,” head brewer Ian Burnett said in the press release. “Other cities are bigger than ours, but that doesn’t keep us [High Point] from having an awesome festival. We support the event to celebrate and promote other brewers and breweries and to make High Point a destination. And playing host to the brewers the eve before the festival lets the brewers have their own fun and sense of community. Everyone should come.”
Kicking off the festival is a half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5k (3.1 miles) for those who want to run. Participants will receive a custom T-shirt, finisher medal and admission to the festival. Junction 311 produced these races, and it also manages and produces 19 races across North Carolina and the South East.
“In the fourth year of the event, we are honored to have so many repeat runners and brewers attending,” Junction 311 endurance sports race director Mike Clark said in the press release. “Both the race and the festival continue to grow, as does Junction 311 as a company. From day one we felt that High Point was a great host location to bring together [North Carolina] brewers and runners – giving all involved a reason to celebrate.”
The half marathon and 5k start and finish at the transportation terminal on East Commerce Avenue. The half marathon starts making a big loop around the downtown area, High Point University, the High Point Greenway Trail and all the way up to Deep River Road. The 5k will start on East Commerce Avenue as well. Runners will run past the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers, down West Westwood Avenue, Locke Street and loop back around Ferndale Boulevard. According to the website, all participants (21+) will not only receive admission to the Brewsfest but also two free beers and two guest admissions to the festival. The half marathon begins at 8 a.m. and the cost to register is $90. The 5k begins at 8:15 a.m. and the cost of registration is $40. Registration remains open online and at packet pick up locations.
According to the press release, Camp R.E.A.C.H. is the event’s lead charity partner. Camp R.E.A.C.H. is a summer camp for children and young adults with special needs who have severe language challenges, and augmentative communication is addressed for each camper.
For more information and to buy tickets for the festival or races, visit the Carolina Brewsfest website www.carolinabrewsfest.com.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.