High Country Beer Fest listed in Top 10 Summer Beer Festivals

Article Published: Jul. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
High Country Beer Fest listed in Top 10 Summer Beer Festivals

The writers at the "Road Trips for Beer" website, http://www.roadtripsforbeer.com, have named the High Country Beer Fest to their list of the Top 10 Summer Beer Festivals for 2011.

Festivals were selected for inclusion based on "being destinations that are road-friendly with much to do and see in the surrounding area," those that reflect the diversity in taste and type of festival, and highlight the premier events in the industry.

The High Country Beer Fest, listed chronologically at No. 9 on the list, was cited for being held in Boone, a "picturesque college town, home to Appalachian State University (ASU), tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of more than 3,300 feet," with great weather being expected for this Labor Day festival.

The article noted that "57 craft breweries (were) represented last year, and organizers expect even more this year. There also will be live music and educational seminars."

The fourth annual High Country Beer Fest will be held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, located on the ASU campus, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.

This is a family-friendly educational event, meant to highlight the wide range of flavors associated with fine craft beer.

"We're really gratified that the public recognizes what a great festival this is," said Dr. Brett Taubman, assistant professor of chemistry at ASU and head of the organizing committee for the Beer Fest.

He said the festival is about "education, not intoxication, but we also like to propose that education never tasted so good."

Profits from the festival support the ASU Foundation and local not-for-profit agencies. This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Appalachian Women's Fund.

Tickets for the High Country Beer Fest are available for purchase now online at http://www.hcbeerfest.com and in Boone at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants on N.C. 105 and Bulldog Beer and Wine on King Street. There are a limited number of tickets for sale, and Beer Fest tickets are expected to sell out.

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