Grab your pint glass and celebrate specialty beer at the fourth annual Charlotte Craft Beer Week, March 15-25.This 10-day event will celebrate local and national breweries with events such as tastings, brewery demonstrations and tours, and food and beer pairing events.Darrin Pikarsky, a 14-year resident of the Charlotte area, is a mortgage banker at Wells Fargo, but his real passion is sharing his love of craft beer with others. He is the creator and director of the Charlotte Craft Beer Week.“I wanted to start a week of events to celebrate craft beer,” said Pikarsky. “But I wanted it to be a grass roots effort for craft beer lovers. The purpose of this event is to share and educate people on the great beer that is available in the Charlotte region. These events are for the beer connoisseur, from novice to veterans.” Four years ago he formed a committee of beer industry professionals – those who work in breweries or for beer distributors. Each year, the committee reviews and approves each event to ensure it will resonate with beer lovers.In less than six years, several highly regarded breweries have opened their doors in Charlotte, beginning a craft beer movement, including Four Friends Brewery, Birdsong Brewery, Triple C Brewery, Heist Brewery, and two national award winning breweries, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) and NoDa Brewing Co. The Charlotte Craft Beer Week is a way to celebrate the success of the local breweries as well as featuring some national breweries.The Historic South End Community is an official sponsor of Charlotte Craft Beer Week with many of the events taking place there. The South End community has been infused with craft beer in recent years with several breweries located within its boundaries, OMB, IceHouse Brewery and Triple C Brewing Co., as well as specialty beer shops, The Common Market and Good Bottle Company, and the World of Beers bar.The list of events can be found online at www.charlottecraftbeerweek.org. New events are added daily.
Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013
Start chilling your beer glass
Beer lovers were out in force for last year's Craft Beer Week.
Plenty of beer was on tap for last year's Craft Beer Week.
Want to go? Charlotte Craft Beer Week is March 15-25. Details can be found on Facebook (Charlotte Craft Beer Week), Twitter (@CharlotteBeerWk), or online at www.charlottecraftbeerweek.org. Event prices vary and can be paid at the event.
Jennifer Ford is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Jennifer? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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