High Country Beer Fest
This August the High Country Beer Fest returns on August 28. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, in Boone NC, High Country Beer Fest has been a celebration of quality craft beer and ciders for over a decade. In years past, you could sample craft beverages from dozens of breweries while contributing to fermentation education programs that will help create better beer for years to come.
This year craft beer and wine enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a smaller more intimate experience, allowing for reverie from the safety of social distancing. Instead of 3,000 people and with over 50 breweries, this year’s event will host 1000 people and around 30 to 35 breweries from Western North Carolina.
“Past years were a blast, but it could turn into a mosh pit out there. We had been talking about ways to refine the beer fest experience and COVID made that impossible, so how could we distill everything that made the beer fest a blast for patrons, but do it safer. So we refocused on education and featuring high country breweries.” Willard Watson, Beer fest volunteer.
The experience will be a little different this year, there will be fewer breweries but those breweries will be bringing beer specially brewed for the beer fest. In addition to stellar beers and great live music, every vaccinated ticket holder will receive a free piece of Beer Fest merchandise while supplies last. VIP ticket holders will have a guaranteed spot in one of our fermentation seminars, and a beer fest t-shirt. The seminars will feature a variety of fermented foods and drinks made by ASU Fermentation Club.
Tickets will be $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP tickets. Tickets are on-sale at HCBEERFEST.COM and in person soon at Peabody’s Beer & Wine.
High Country Beer Fest (HCBF) was founded by a few local home brewers and Appalachian State University Chemistry professors who wanted to host an event that could showcase the depth and creativity that embodies the craft brewing industry.
High Country Beer Fest is a fundraising event for the A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian State University. What started as a few classes is now a program with a pilot production plant and over 100 students currently enrolled. ASU’s Fermentation Science degree boasts a 100% job placement rate since its inception in 2012.
Learn more at HCBEERFEST.COM