Thursday, October 2, 2014

Beericana Rocks Holly Springs!

This past weekend we attended the newest Craft Beer & Music Festival in the area, Beericana. This first ever Holly Springs event was a little different than most beer tasting events we've attended in the past which have generally been hosted in downtown locations in both Raleigh and Durham. Beericana was held in Holly Springs at Sugg Farm Park. We google-mapped it and headed out to the event in a part of the Triangle we've never explored. Coming from North Raleigh, we took the new section of 540 which was easy and traffic-free.

Upon arriving, we were greeted with friendly volunteers everywhere with organized parking and easy access into the venue. The relatively new park provided a beautiful grassy park setting and partnered with some fabulous NC weather,  conditions were set for a great day of beer tasting!

The tents were set up for easy access and lines were at a minimum. VIP tickets allowed for guests to taste for over an hour before the general public arrived.  There was a great mix of local NC breweries as well as some well known national breweries. There was also a chance to sample and meet some of the newest breweries in the state, still in the development stages with their beers/breweries.

 Free water was everywhere, volunteers were easy to recognize and in abundance, and it was easy to access several food trucks for some great food options. Live music was provided on a stage and added to the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere of the whole event. The park was really a great location and we enjoyed talking and tasting with other beer folks.

Not only was the event a hit, but two non-profits benefited from the event, Meg's Smile Foundation and the NC Brewers' Guild.

Well done 919Beer! We hope the event will be back again next year! We appreciate how well  organized the event was and the ability to get to know some local breweries on a more personal and relaxed level.

Below are a few pictures we took from the event. Several photos are courtesy of Matt Lynn, "Brewtographer Extrordinaire"! Follow him on Instagram for more fabulous beer photos @matagonia.brew.

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