Hickory Hops Brew Festival
Saturday, April 16th is set for this year’s Hickory Hops beer festival. Staged on Union Square in downtown Hickory, the 9th annual outdoor beer festival is organized by Hickory Downtown Development Association and hosted by Olde Hickory Brewery. It offers plenty for everyone, from inexperienced beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans anxious for something unusual. Pouring for six hours, beginning at 1:00, live music will be presented, rain or shine. Food is available from downtown restaurants during the festival. Brewers sell t-shirts, pint glasses, mugs and a sundry of other breweriana.
While the economy in general is lackluster, the Southern craft brewed beer business is bustling with excitement. We’ve added new regional brewers every year and this year will be no different.
Complementing the Hickory Hops festivities, the Carolinas Championship of Beer makes its 6th appearance this year. Several weeks before the fest, festival beers are subjected to a blind-judged competition. In early-April, nearly 150 beers spanning 85 different styles will be analyzed by a panel of certified judges, brewers and experienced judges. Gold, silver and bronze medals in each category will be presented to winning brewers at a private brewers’ dinner held the evening before the festival. During Hickory Hops, engraved plaques will be awarded to three Best of Show winners. Cost:
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