Drinking local is a win-win: the drinker gets a tasty beverage, and the brewery gets to reinvest the profits back into their business. Now, introduce a charity or a nonprofit into the mix, and you’ve got what’s called a win-win-win (at least according to shrewd businessman Michael Scott from “The Office”).
You can and should feel good about supporting our local breweries any day of the week, but if you want to feel especially great about your craft beer consumption there are a variety of upcoming events for you.
5-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
Grapevine hosts several charity guest bartender events throughout the year (they raised $27,445 in 2014 alone). On Wednesday, March 30, Ryan Self from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will tend bar to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Can’t make it? You can donate online here.
1 p.m. Sunday, April 3
For its fourth episode, Charlotte’s new culinary video series Order/Fire focused on four breweries: Burial Beer Co., Fonta Flora Brewery, Fullsteam Brewery and Free Range Brewing. Free Range will host a screening party for the hour-long episode starting around 2 p.m., with a pig pickin’ to follow. There will be a donation jar, with all proceeds going to Farm Hands (the suggested donation is $10).
12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2
The Beer Me BrewFest will once again welcome a variety of local, regional and national brewers (and cider makers) to the parking lot behind All American Pub (beside Amos’ Southend). Proceeds from the festival, which is held in recognition of National Beer Day, benefit Habitat for Humanity.
9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Every year, Birdsong Brewing invites volunteers to join them in cleaning up nearby Little Sugar Creek. They provide the clean-up supplies and even the beer and pizza at the after party, where you could win prizes for the strangest items and most trash collected.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9
C3 Labs will welcome the first Charlotte event for Love146, “an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention.” There are three ticket levels, all of which include a Belgian waffle buffet from Cast Iron Waffles, cold-brew coffee from Hex Coffee, and beer from Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop.
12:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16
By bringing burgers to a beer festival, the second-annual Moo and Brew Craft Beer and Burger Festival will ensure attendees don’t go hungry. They’ll also combat hunger by raising funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, for which they raised more than $8,000 last year.
5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 16
The third-annual Ales for Autism returns once again to NoDa Brewing Co., where a $20 ticket gets you a commemorative glass and a beer (a $40 tickets gets you that, plus an Autism Charlotte koozie and a four-pack of NoDa’s Jam Session or CAVU). There will also be live music, food trucks and a silent raffle.
1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 17
The Charlotte chapter of Girls Pint Out welcomes beer-loving women to bring 3-5 pieces of clothing to Sugar Creek Brewing to swap with others. Leftover clothing will be donated to the Salvation Army, and the event organizers also encourage bringing items specifically to donate.
Saturday, April 23
For Earth Day, Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews will host a tap takeover with Founders Brewing Co and the Charlotte Beer Babes. There will be a raffle to benefit the Carolina Waterfowl Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will go to that charity as well.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23
For the third year in a row, The Unknown Brewing Co. will host an amateur barbecue competition at the brewery. Entry to the event is $10 and gets you unlimited samples of the barbecue. There will also be live music from Outlaw 21 and the Phantom Playboys. Proceeds benefit Purple Heart Homes.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24
For the second year in a row, The Beer Exchange will host a bottle share at OMB while also raising funds for Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC. The event is free to attend, but they are asking for a $5 suggested donation. Attendees will get a ticket for each $5 donated, which they can use to enter a raffle filled with rare beers (known as “whales”), gift cards and more. You can donate and enter the raffle online at www.whalesforwishes.com, or purchase tickets at OMB on the day of.
12-5 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Pints for Paws will benefit the Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that educates pet owners on responsible pet ownership. There will be dog contests, adoptions, a vendor fair, giveaways and raffles. You can donate here.
Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 7
This two-day beer and music festival is held at Rural Hill, a nonprofit historic site spread out over nearly 300 acres in Huntersville. This festival is unique among other beer festivals in that you can also camp out at Rural Hill if you wish (camping and other ticket options can be found here). Proceeds benefit Rural Hill and the maintenance required to keep the farm and historic site running.
1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 16
The third-annual South End Hops Festival returns to the corner of Mint St. and W. Carson Blvd with beer, live music and food trucks. The festival benefits RescuedMe, which rescues dogs “that otherwise have no hope of survival” before rehabilitating them and placing them in loving homes.