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Beer Fest tickets now on sale

Article Published: May. 19, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Beer Fest tickets now on sale

More than 57 breweries were represented at last year's High Country Beer Fest. This year's festival is slated for Sept. 3.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

A festival is brewing in the High Country.

The High Country Beer Fest returns to Boone for its fourth year on Sept. 3.

Even though that's months away, organizers expect tickets to go fast.

"Tickets will sell out," founder and organizer Brett Taubman said, "so people should definitely make sure they get them beforehand."

Annually held at the Broyhill Inn & Conference Center, the festival is no stranger to sell-out crowds. Last year's saw close to 2,000 people attend, including volunteers and brewers.

"It was great," Taubman said. "We had tons of people and great bands."

Not to mention the beer. Fifty-seven breweries were represented last year, and Taubman expects a similar number for this year's, including Old Hickory, Bell's, Alternative Beverage, Appalachian State University's Ivory Tower Brewery, Boone Brewing Company and the High Country Homebrewers.

Ticketholders receive a tasting glass upon admission and can stroll the Broyhill courtyard at their leisure, sampling from the many breweries represented, while listening to live music and stopping by the patio section for food aplenty, including pretzels, bratwurst and other appropriate items for sale.
The educational seminars are also returning, with subjects ranging from brewing to food pairing and all points in between.

Taxi service is offered for safe rides home, as well as towing for those who'd rather not leave their cars. "We're sticking with the same recipe, because it seems to be working pretty well," Taubman said.

A few aspects have been refined, he said, including additional space in the tasting area and more restrooms. "But those are the major changes; we'll pretty much have the same list of breweries, or around the same number," Taubman said.

The fourth annual High Country Beer Fest takes place Saturday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on Bodenheimer Drive in Boone. Tickets cost $30 for general admission and $10 for designated drivers, with proceeds benefiting local charities, the Appalachian Foundation and the N.C. Brewers Guild.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit

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