By Jesse Wood
Aug. 23, 2012. Tickets for High Country Beer Fest are moving fast.
Organizers and merchants selling tickets expect the event, a popular annual festival held outside the Broyhill Events Center on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m., to sell out by the end of this weekend.
Organizer Brett Taubman said about 250 tickets were still available. Tickets are sold online at the fest’s website as well as at Peabody’s Wine and Merchants and the offices of High Country 365 on Howard Street.
Each year, tickets sell out before the festival begins.
On Wednesday afternoon, Peabody’s posted on Facebook: “We are so close to being sold out of High Country Beerfest Tickets, it’s scary! If you haven’t gotten your ticket for the best beer festival in WNC than you better hurry! I am staring at about 50 tickets left as of 4:30 p.m. You better hurry!”
According to the festival’s website, “The High Country Beer Fest is a celebration of craft beer from around the region and the world. Come sample outstanding beers and delicious food in the beautiful high country of North Carolina. Educational seminars will cover aspects of beer tasting, brewing, and food pairing.”
For 2012, all proceeds are donated to the Appalachian State University Fermentation Sciences Program, the Hunger & Health Coalition and the North Carolina Brewers’ Guild.
As of press time, nearly 50 beers – mostly local and regional and some international brews – are represented at the festival, according to its website. More food vendors will be present this year in light of the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center and its kitchen closing recently.
Bill’s Garage and Typsi Taxi are working with organizers to ensure no one drives away from the festival intoxicated.
Also, AppalCART will running to and from the festival from 2 to 8 p.m. Continuous routes are listed below:
High Country Beer Fest at the Broyhill
Corner of Depot and Rivers streets
Corner of Waters and King streets
Corner of King and Appalachian streets
Event Parking at Business Circle
Check out video from last year’s fest: http://vimeo.com/43214447
The Broyhill Events Center is located atop Bodenheimer Drive. Contact Peabody’s at 828-264-9476 and High Country 365 at 828-262-3778. For more information about Beer Fest, click to www.hcbeerfest.com or call Brett Taubman at 828-262-7847.