The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) is partnering with Sierra Nevada Brewing near Asheville to present the first ever Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival to celebrate the bold, malt-forward beers common in the cooler months. They’ve invited more than 50 breweries from across the country to gather at Sierra Nevada’s brewery in Mills River (south of Asheville) on Saturday, March 28, to pour a selection of their heartiest beers that will include at least one of the following: Barleywine, Stout or Imperial Stout, Barrel-aged beer or Spiced beer.
The beer festival will be held 12 Noon until 4 PM with plenty of rare beer, live music and food. Featured breweries at the festival include Allagash Brewing Company-Portland, ME; Ballast Point Ales and Spirits-San Diego, CA; Boulevard Brewing Company-St. Louis, MO; Calfkiller Brewing Co.-Sparta, TN; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery-Milton, DE; The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery-Farmville, NC; Epic Brewing Company-Denver, CO; The Florida Brewing Company-Cape Canaveral, FL; Flying Dog Brewery-Frederick, MD; Fullsteam Brewery-Durham, NC; Great Divide Brewing Company-Denver, CO; Highland Brewing Company-Asheville, NC; New Belgium Brewing Company-Fort Collins, CO/Asheville, NC; North Coast Brewing Company-Fort Bragg, CA; Oskar Blues Brewing Company-Longmont, CA/Brevard, NC; Red Brick Brewing Company-Atlanta, GA; Ska Brewing Company-Durango, CO; Sweetwater Brewing Company-Atlanta, GA; Thomas Creek Brewery-Greenville, NC; Wicked Weed Brewing-Asheville, NC; Wild Heaven Craft Beers-Decatur, GA; Wrecking Ball Brewpub-Atlanta, GA.
Festival tickets ($65 general admission. $30 designated driver) on sale now include a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited tasting pours, live music and food provided by the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant. All ticket proceeds benefit the NCCBG, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the interests of the craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer.
“You can always cut the chill of winter with a big beer, and the options from American craft brewers are endless,” said Brian Grossman, second-generation brewer and co-manager of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery. “Here in North Carolina, winters are a little longer and a little colder than we were used to in California, so we’re breaking out the Barleywines to celebrate that. We’re excited to see what our brewing friends bring for beer fans—what new twists they’ll use to give their brawny releases an extra edge.”
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit member organization whose mission is to advance the interests of the craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 125 breweries and brewpubs. According to Margo Knight Metzger, executive director of NCCBG, “It’s going to be a stellar kickoff to NC Beer Month in April which celebrates our state’s burgeoning craft beer industry with special events and unique brews.”
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina at 100 Sierra Nevada Way.