One of the longest-running Charlotte beer festivals will return next year and is moving to a new location. Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) will be held at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. The popular beer festival was held at the NC Music Factory in February of this year and took place at the Neighborhood Theater in 2013.
The new venue annoucement may come as a surprise to some. According to Nils Weldy, QCBF creator and Program Director of ACEing Autism-Charlotte, on the day the contract was to be signed to lock in the NC Music Factory once again as the venue for the beer festival, he was informed that the Silver Hammer Studios would be renovated into office space and would no longer be available for event space. Therefore, Bojangles’s Coliseum is where the event will take place next year. And we’re pretty excited about it. This means the festival will have the same amount of space as last year, if not more, and attendees will still be able to take a quick cab or Uber ride to the festival as Bojangles’ is only a couple miles outside of Uptown Charlotte.
“The Charlotte beer landscape has soared since the inaugural festival in 2012,” said Nils. “We needed to find a venue that would properly host our city’s award-winning breweries, exhibitors and sponsors, while maintaining an intimate festival experience.”
Roughly 2,000 attendees will enjoy unlimited beer and food samples on the same floor that has seen performances by Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, and was once home to the American Basketball Association’s (ABA’s) Carolina Cougars and the Charlotte Checkers.
Brewers are encouraged to bring one “super” flavor or style of beer especially for QCBF, as the Super Bowl takes place the following day. Works by local artists and live music will be on hand during each of the two tasting sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
QCBF’s mission is to spotlight Charlotte’s craft beer industry while raising awareness and funds for ACEing Autism, a non-profit that uses the sport of tennis to connect with children on the autism spectrum.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 6, 2014. Updates will be posted regularly on the QCBrewfest website. Stay tuned for more updates on the fest by following QCBF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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