World Beer Festival is taking over Raleigh's NC State Fair Grounds on Saturday, April 1. Now in its twelfth year, the fest is bigger and better than ever, with more space, more brews and a whole tent dedicated to international bevs. If you're a bona fide beer lover, you'd be hardpressed to find a better way to sip, savor and celebrate craft beer culture. Cheers!
First of all, your mind and taste buds will be blown away by the sheer amount of craft brews—there'll be over 75 breweries slinging over 200 beers, spread across 3 acres outdoors and 50K square feet indoors. We can drink to that.
Get to know your home state like never before at the NC Beer Garden. With over 35 breweries, from local favorites like Big Boss and Fullsteam to other regional picks like Hi-Wire and Mother Earth, you'll be reminded why NC is the best place to be!
Sipping on brews all days costs less than a world-wide plane ticket. At the International Beer Oasis, you'll find over 10 countries represented with their one-of-a-kind brews. Here's a rare opportunity to sip on pours from New Zealand, Japan, Poland and Lebanon all in one place! Does a hangover beat jet lag? You be the judge.
Cider has come a long way in recent years. If you love a good apple-based drink or just prefer gluten-free options, hit the Cider Garden to sample pours from eight cideries, running the gamut from Bull City Ciderworks in Durham to Sweden's Rekorderlig. Regardless of choice, these flavors are sure to impress.
The brews aren't the only stars of the show. At World Beer Fest, you can pair your sips with delicious grub from eight on-site food trucks!
There are few things in life that are more fun than watching hundreds of people swaying and swooping in complete silence—and it can only get better with beer. Grab a pair of headphones and dance the day away!
If you want to up your beer drinking experience, opt for VIP tickets. For $90, you'll get access to a selection of 20 rare brews reserved just for you, a private lounge, upgraded restrooms (the real game-changer), catered food and access to the Art of Beer Experience!
Want to add cheese to the mix? Who doesn't?! For an extra $15, you can join a cheese and beer pairing session, lead by expert cheesemongers, where you'll sample a variety of styles of each. If that sounds like a real gouda time to you, you can add this optional experience during checkout. Sessions are from 2–3p and 7–8p.