I have no idea how the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, which combines two of my favorite things, hasn’t hit my radar until now. Maybe it’s because it’s located at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, just north of Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because the organizers just never thought to reach out to me since it began in 2011, from what I can gather from the website.
It’s certainly not because of the music, or the featured breweries.
In fact, this year’s musical lineup for Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, features some of my favorite acts including Leftover Salmon, Chatham County Line, Front Country, Forlorn Strangers and Annabelle’s Curse. Also hitting the stage will be Acoustic Syndicate, Cicada Rhythm, Larry Keel Experience, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Tony Eltora Band and Arkansauce.
On tap will be some of my favorite brews from North Carolina breweries such as Big Boss Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, D9 Brewing, Fonta Flora Brewery, Mother Earth Brewing, NoDa Brewing, Olde Hickory Brewery, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Red Oak Brewery, Triple C Brewing and Unknown Brewing, among others.
In all there is expected to be 11 musical acts and more than 45 brewers, vintners and cider makers offering tastings, according to organizers.
The festival is organized by Historic Rural Hill, a private non-profit organization located in Huntersville. “We operate a 265 acre working farm that is owned by Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec,” the website states. “Rural Hill is a working farm, historic site, educational facility, nature preserve, and event site. We host events year round and many are fundraisers for the site that help us put on free community oriented events and educational programs for local schools. We also operate as the historic homestead of the Davidson family. We offer tours and living history to educate the community on the local history and we are open year round.”
Please note this event is rain-or-shine and will not be rescheduled. And as always, please drink responsibly.