Thursday, March 08, 2007

Raleigh World Beer Fest party

Here's a great idea for those of you who just can't wait for the annual Brewgrass festival next fall. Asheville's own Brews Cruise is running a van to the World Beer Festival in Raleigh on April 28. If you've never been to a WBF you are really missing out. Sponsored by the folks who publish All About Beer magazine, the festival takes place twice a year, in Raleigh in the spring and in Durham in the fall. It's at least twice the size of Brewgrass. It usually has beers not commonly available in western North Carolina along with special cask ale tastings, speakers, and workshops, and some great live music.

According to Mark Lyons at the Brews Cruise, this is what you'll get:
  • Roundtrip transportion from Asheville to Raleigh
  • One night stay at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh (2 blocks from festival)
  • Festival pass for day event 12-4 pm
  • World Beer Festival Pint Glass
  • Brews Cruise T-shirt/ Brews Cruise tote bag
  • Bagels/ coffee upon departure
  • Snacks and water for the ride (roundtrip)
  • Brewery tour/ sampling at Catawba Valley Brewing Company enroute back to Asheville

The rates for this package are $225 per person (based on double occupancy),
or $410 per couple (any two people booking together are eligible for the couples rate) We have blocked 8 doubles and 4 kings and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Come and Play!

I've been to both the spring and fall WBF several times. An added feature Mark doesn't mention is that the Sheraton Raleigh is within walking distance of several good beer bars, so you can keep having fun all evening and not have to worry about getting back. You even get a stop at Catawba Brewing for some "hair of the dog" party flu cure on Sunday.

This is a great deal. I strongly encourage you to call and sign up NOW!

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