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N.C. brewers getting together in Charlotte to make a special beer

In the craft-brew world, “collaboration beer” is when brewers from several places share ideas, expertise and ingredients to put together something that’s a little different from what they’re doing separately. It’s creative beer, and it’s a chance to network with other brewers.

“It’s a time for brewers to spend time together and do something fun,” says Margo Metzger, the executive director of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild. “You have to make that happen. When they get together, they get to swap stories and share ideas. It’s about fellowship among brewers.”

The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild announced Thursday afternoon that it’s going to work with All About Beer magazine to make a collaboration beer on June 6 at NoDa Brewing, 2229 N. Davidson St., featuring brewers from around the state. The beer will have some state ingredients and will be a red IPA in style, Metzger says.

The beer project will be a kickoff for the N.C. Brewers Celebration at BB&T Ballpark on June 27. The finished beer will be served at the festival, and brewers that participate in the brew day at NoDa will each get a keg they can serve at their own breweries.

The N.C. Brewers Celebration will feature more than 150 beers. Tickets are on sale now, and are $45 for unlimited 4-ounce tastings. VIP tickets are $75 and include early entry, access to a hospitality area with private bathrooms (very important in the beer world), and a selection of 20 to 30 rare beers. Hours are noon-5 p.m. for VIP tickets and 1-5 p.m. for general admission. Get tickets and information at www.ncbrewerscelebration.com.

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