The 12th Annual High Country Beer Fest is THIS Saturday!


This Saturday, hundreds will pour into High Country Fairgrounds for a bustling mountain festival unlike all others. For the 12th year in a row, the High Country Beer Fest will showcase unique and favorite brews from near and far, while benefiting student research and local nonprofits, and teaching beer-lovers about the fermentation process.


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What to Expect:



This year, North Carolina breweries from Boone, Asheville, Charlotte, Winston Salem, and many towns in between will be represented. California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida brewers also make an appearance. In total, 64 breweries will be in attendance of this year’s much-anticipated festival. Don’t just drink the beer, learn about how it’s made, too! This year’s festival will feature seminars on fermentation, a critical process in producing the alcoholic part of your favorite tasty brew!



You won’t leave hungry - with over 15 food vendors, you’ll have every opportunity to satiate your salty and sweet cravings. Chow down on a Wild Game Burger from local favorite, The Cardinal Burger Wagon, or indulge in an ice-cream- best-cookie-you’ve-ever-eaten sandwich from Blue Deer Cookie (I recommend the double chocolate cookie with lemon crunch ice cream!). Don’t forget to purchase your pretzel necklace - salty, stylish, and good for the community - as proceeds go to local nonprofits! 



In between sipping brews from across the country and indulging in tasty bites, kick back and enjoy festive live music, featuring local Americana singer-songwriter Shay Martin Lovette, rock-n-roll band Naked Gods, and the alt/country group Crenshaw Pentecostal. There will also be a slew of lawn games to enjoy, including favorites like cornhole and darts. 


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The High Country Beer Fest began in 2007, when local homebrewers and a few Chemistry professors at Appalachian State University sought to encourage the growing craft-beer movement in Boone while fostering inclusive community. Proceeds from the festival fund research grants for Fermentation Science students at Appalachian State University and support local nonprofits. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit F.A.R.M cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant that has served the Boone community since 2011.



Tickets can be purchased online, or at Peabody’s in Boone (without the online fees!). Get in an hour early and enjoy shorter lines with the VIP Experience for $80. General tickets are also a pretty sweet deal, at only $40. 



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