20 Things to Look Forward to at Queen City Brewers Festival 2020
Jan 20, 2020
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Since way back before Work For Your Beer even came to life, co-founders Mel Fox and Alicia Valenski have loved attending the annual Queen City Brewers Festival.
It was one of the only festivals in the area that we knew wouldn't be at the mercy of the insane Charlotte weather, since it was held indoors. It was also one of the few festivals that offered food as well as water (and other non-alcoholic beverages) to attendees without an additional fee, keeping them satiated and hydrated between beer samples.
And of course, it was a great opportunity to taste the unique brews offered by Charlotte's newest breweries, as well as those outside-the-city-limits breweries we didn't often get the chances to make it to in person (out near Concord, Fort Mill, and everything in between).
And if you're thinking, "Well, I've already been to Queen City Brewers Festival in past years, I'm not sure I should plan to go again this year," think again! There are SO many brand new things to look forward to at this year's festival.
1) It’s been a big year for NEW breweries. Making their QCBF debut: Bearded Barrel, Armored Cow, Middle James, Southern Strain, Protagonist Beer, Lower Left, Red Hill, Sunstead Brewing and Devil’s Logic.
2) Each brewery is encouraged to bring a “Super Brew” just for QCBF as the festival takes place the day before the Super Bowl.
3) Legion Brewing used Pepperbox Doughnuts’ plain donut in their grain bill and C5 readers selected Pepperbox’s maple bacon topping to create Legion’s “Super Brew”. The beer will make its public debut at C5’s table at the festival!
4) Everyone is a VIP. Food sampling included with admission! Enjoy bites from: Sabor, Sea Level, Legion SouthPark, Queen City Pretzel Factory, It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Korn, Hampton Farms and be sure to check out the goodies presenting sponsor Deacon Foodservice is cooking up! (See all food sampling exhibitors here.)
5) Hydrate with SUM Bucha, CupLux Draft Lattes, Hydrate Medical and complimentary water from the Catawba Riverkeeper too.
6) Be safe, don’t drive to QCBF (parking is $8, anyway). Instead, use Charlotte’s answer to Uber and download the RideRose app where you’ll receive 10% off your first 4 rides using promo code QCBF.
7) Post-partying? Keep the tastings going by taking the complimentary Rose Transportation shuttle to ‘Official Post Venue of QCBF,’ Pinhouse. Reserve your free shuttle ride to Pinhouse by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and tasting session. First come, first-served!
8) Pace yourself: tasting sessions are 30 minutes longer this year.
9) Hit the courts: mini tennis by Carolina Courtworks and Charlotte City Tennis and table tennis by Queen Park Social.
10) Aim well: Topgolf has prizes and free golf at their game setup.
11) Enter the ACEing Autism raffle – over $1000 in prizes at each session – winner-take-all.
12) Live music returns to QCBF.
13) You could win a new Subaru from Williams Subaru! How many tennis balls can you fit into a Subaru?
14) Pick up some new threads from sustainable apparel company, Kastlfel, where shirts are made from recycled plastic and a portion of each t-shirt sold goes to the ACEing Autism scholarship fund.
15) Artists will be on hand displaying their works – David French Originals and craft beer specialty sign-makers, Montford Misfits.
16) Reel in a complimentary pretzel necklace by visiting our friends at Films On Tap.
17) Official media partners, WCCB Charlotte and 1065 The End, have free swag at their table
18) Is making your own beer a 2020 resolution? Visit the Carolina BrewMasters table to get the scoop on Charlotte’s homebrewing community.
19) Have no fear, World of Beer will be back in a delicious way.
20) Listed last, but you might want to visit this table first: the Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance (CIBA) has partnered with Great Wagon Road Distillery and they’re pouring some must-try Rua barrel-aged selections.
Get your tickets before they sell out!
There hasn't been a year yet that Queen City Brewers Festival hasn't sold out of tickets for both sessions, so be sure to snag yours while they're still available! Whether you opt for the afternoon session (12 - 3:30 PM) or the evening session (5 - 8:30 PM), we'll see you there.