May 7, 2014

Preview: NC Brewers & Music Festival

This weekend is the fourth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival. I've heard great things about the festival -- not once but twice a cashier at the local Earth Fare told me I had to go. To give us a sense of what to expect from the fest, I asked Executive Director Jeff Fissel a few questions about the event.

LBB: As a first-time attendee of the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, what should I know about the fest? What makes NCBMF different from other beer and music festivals?

JF: What makes this festival different is the effort and time put into both the music aspect of the festival as well as the beer side. We try our best to put on an event that promotes great local NC beer and pair that with some talented bands from across the country. If it is your first time at the festival just know to be ready to spend the day outside and to pace yourself, there is a lot of beer and a lot of bands to take in.

LBB: Why Rural Hill? 

JF: Rural Hill is a historic working farm and we do unique events year round to raise money for the site and our educational programs. The 265 acre farm lends itself perfectly as a unique outdoor festival venue and we are located just outside of Charlotte in Huntersville.

LBB: What makes NCBMF one of the best festivals in the Charlotte area?  

JF: What makes us unique is our venue and the fact that you can camp for the weekend. The campground is a great place to hang out and is filled with great people who are here to enjoy themselves. Live music from world class bands certainly helps as well and focusing on beer brewed right here in our home state is a big part of the festival's success.

LBB: Which musical act(s) are you looking forward to the most?

JF: Personally I love Greensky Bluegrass, but I am really looking forward to seeing Spirit Family Reunion for the first time on Saturday.

LBB: What beers or breweries are you looking forward to the most?  

JF: I also love to see what the crowd favorites like Noda and Highland bring, but I am also excited to try beers from some of the new guys like Primal and D9.

LBB: What eight words best summarize NCBMF?

JF: Fun, laid back, great moods, tunes, and beer.

LBB: Anything else we should know about the festival?

JF: Check out the website for all the scheduling info and FAQs and we will see you this weekend. It might also be good to know to get your tickets in advance just in case they sell out before Saturday.

Check back after the fest to see how it went! Cheers!