by Madison V. Fisler
July 14, 2014. On Saturday, July 19, from 2-7 p.m., Beech Mountain Resort will host the highly anticipated Brews n’ Views festival. Admission to the day-long festival is free and fun for all ages.
This year’s event will be complete with live music, craft beer, a Hash Run, food vendors and much more.
The main event for the festival is the Beer Tasting which this year will include a diverse array of 20 craft breweries from all across the state, according to a press release.
With the newly-renovated Beech Mountain Brewing Company Taproom, the new 5,506′ Skybar and live music by The Packway Handle Band, Dr. Bacon and Rickshaw Roadshow, you are sure to enjoy your day.
Tasting tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate per person. Scenic lift rides throughout the day are included in the ticket price.
“Just to come to the festival, there is no charge so families and designated drivers can come for free,” said Talia Freeman, Director of Marketing for Beech Mountain Resort.
“One thing that is cool this year is that the brewers themselves will be at the festival. People who come will get to talk with a lot of the brewers that make the beer, and we have all of the great local breweries attending too.”
Breweries that will be participating in the tasting this year include the following:
- Beech Mountain Brewing Co.
- Blind Squirrel Brewery
- Boondocks Brewing
- Appalachian Mountain Brewery
- Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
- Highland Brewing Co.
- Foothills Brewing
- Green Man Brewery
- Flat Top Brewing Co.
- Fatty Maddy Beer Co.
- Granite Falls Brewing Co.
- Oskar Blues Brewery
- Carolina Brewery
- Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
- Howard Brewing Co.
- Old Hickory Brewery
- Lone Rider Brewery
- Triangle Brewery
- Abita Brewing Co.
The Hash Run
If you’ve been feeling the pressure to join in the race craze sweeping the nation but you don’t really like running, Beech Mountain has just the opportunity for you! Join your fellow almost-runners for the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Has Run (almost) 5K fun run on Saturday, July 19. You’ll take your mark on the resort’s high-speed quad lift for a ride to the top of the mountain where you will be greeted by a beer stop featuring one of Beech Mountain Brewing Co.’s finest brews. Fully refreshed, you’ll work your way down the slopes encountering more beer stops from Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and a special appearance from Blind Squirrel Brewery. Reach the finish line to claim your prize: a VIP pre-tasting of beers at the newly opened, recently remodeled Beech Mountain Brewing Co.
Entry for the Hash Run-A-Beer Run is $40 at the event and $35 in advance which covers the 5K, beers along the way, admission to the Brews and Views beer tasting and an after party for all of the runners at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. There will be prizes in various categories as well, so don’t miss out!
Downhill Series 2014
“The festival runs in conjunction with our race series,” Freeman said. “Our race series serves as a stop for the PRO GRT. This is a national PRO circuit, so we will see racers from all over the country.”
Beech Mountain Resort and a team of sponsors including Cane Creek, Skull Candy, Smith, Dakine, 661, One Industries, Magic Cycles, Giant, The Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and Shimano are excited to present the 2014 Downhill Series. Spectators will enjoy wild downhill action and new amenities throughout the resort, including scenic lift rides, the Beech Tree Bar and Grille (open exclusively for the summer) and two exciting new drinks and dining locations – the Skybar “5506” located at the peak of the mountain and the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewery. The series schedule is as follows:
Saturday, July 19
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Open practice
- 2-3 p.m. – Pro/CAT <18 DH practice
- 3:30 p.m. – Pro & CAT <18 seeding runs
- 4:30 p.m. – Seeding results at The Beech Tree
Sunday, July 20
- 7:30 a.m. – Beech Tree Opens
- 9-9 a.m. – Last call registration at Beech Tree
- 10-11:30 a.m. – Open DH practice
- 11:45 a.m. – Riders meeting
- 12 p.m. – Cat 2-3 Race start by category
- 1:30 p.m. – Cat 1 race start by category
- 3 p.m. – Pro race start
- Immediately following the pro race will be juniors 12 and under
- 4:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony at Beech Tree
Junior MTB Skills Clinic Series
Join Beech Mountain Resort for a free Junior Skills Clinic on July 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for kids ages 6-12. The clinics are designed to teach kids proper riding technique while maintaining a high level of fun and engagement. Admission includes a snack and possible prizes. Skills covered include body positioning and balance, shifting, braking and trail application. Participants should bring a fully-functional bike, helmet and a water bottle or Camelback. Prior riding experience required.
If you love beer and want to be a part of this fantastic event, volunteer opportunities are still available. Volunteers are needed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the festival. Volunteers will be assigned specific tasks during the event, and the tasks will require a high degree of professionalism. All beer-pouring volunteers must be 21 years of age before the event to volunteer. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Talia Freeman at [email protected]
For more information about Brews N’ Views, click here.
Check out photos from previous year’s events. Photos by Amy Morrison.