If you’re a beer lover, we’ve got you covered. There are more beer festivals coming to the Queen City so you can enjoy more beer-drinking weekends.
Need something to do for Memorial Day weekend? Hop aboard the Lady of the Lake at Queens Landing and cruise Lake Norman while enjoying some SweetWater beer. It’s the end the month, and this tasting that includes the brewery’s summer IPA — “Goin’ Coastal: IPA with Pineapple” — will be giving you a flavor of the summer with a “tropical” vibe.
A DJ will be playing reggae, beach, pop, rock, hip hop and more. Food will also be served and, of course, the bar will be open.
When: Sunday, May 29. Boarding at 12:30 p.m. Departure at 1 p.m. Return at 3 p.m.
Where: Lady of the Lake-Queens Landing, 1459 River Hwy, Mooresville.
Start June off right by enjoying a nice, cold craft beer at Carowinds. The first weekend in June, the theme park will be showcasing 30 micro-brews from 10 North and South Carolina breweries.
There will also be games, live music and food from the Carowinds food truck. If you’re up to the challenge and your stomach is OK after a day of drinking, go on and try out the new Carolina Harbor Waterpark or one of the many roller coasters. (We ranked them for you here.)
When: noon-6 p.m. June 4-5
Where: Carowinds on the Harmony Hall midway. 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.
Cost: Regular park admission required. Beer tokens are $1.33 each and its two tokens for a 4-ounce sample.
— Carowinds (@Carowinds) May 21, 2016
The USNWC is hosting its fifth year of beer and outdoors festival with a selection of regional and national craft breweries. If you’re up for a challenge, there are a few activities that you can register for while taking a drink of beer in between.
Breweries include: Wicked Weed Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery, Sugar Creek Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and more.
When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 18.
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte.
Cost: $5 to park. Sampling cards are $6 and good for four 4-ounce samples. Breakfast and 6K also cost extra.
— Alicia Thomas (@aliciarthomas) May 26, 2016
Photo: John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer