by Madison V. Fisler
Aug. 30, 2013. Refreshing craft beers, delicious local food and breathtaking mountain views. That’s right. It’s almost time for the sixth annual High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival, formerly called the High Country Beer Fest! The festival will take place at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center at Appalachian State University in Boone from 3-7 p.m.
Breweries from all over the world will converge on Boone on Aug. 31 for this day of tasty brews and delightful eats. This year, many local breweries are getting in on the fun, including:
- Appalachian Mountain Brewery
- Boone Brewing Co
- Flat Top Brewing Co.
- Ivory Tower Brewery
- Blind Squirrel
- Howard Brewing
- … and many more!
But it isn’t just the local breweries that get to join in on this adventure. Many regional and national breweries are getting in on the action too. Some notable names include:
- Blue Moon Brewing Company
- Brooklyn Brewery
- New Belgium Brewing Company
- Shock Top
- Sierra Nevada
- Sam Adams
- Angry Orchard
- … and many more!
And those are just the tip of the iceberg. For a full list of participating breweries this year, click here.
But this festival is so much more than an extended beer tasting. Along with the plethora of ice cold beers just waiting to be tasted, the High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival also features live music from acts like Cary Hudson and the Worthless Son-in-Laws.
Food will also be available for purchase at the festival. Please remember to bring cash with you to the festival, as vendors cannot take credit cards. Food vendors this year include Stick Boy Bred Co, Makotos, Cosmic DOH, Casa Rustica, Feastie Boys and Karmacopia.
The High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival also serves as an educational venue for those who are interested in learning something new. Educational seminars include topics such as cheese production, pizza and beer, pairing beers with picked and fermented foods, beer and chocolate pairing, distilling and even how to grow your own grains and hops for your beers.
General admission tickets are sold out online and at Peabody’s in Boone. Only VIP tickets are left online.
Please make sure that you have a safe plan for getting home after the festival. To help you out, there are many options offered at the festival to ensure that everyone gets home safe.
Bill’s Garage in Boone will tow your car and four passengers anywhere in Boone for free. Tipsy Taxi will also be operating for free for any festival goers. The Appalcart will be running a special “Brew Route” the day of the festival as well.
For more information on the High Country Craft Food and Beverage Festival, click here.