Fifth Season Gardening Co. will be hosting the First Annual Homebrew for Hunger Festival at the new West End Public in Chapel Hill on November 12th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event will raise money for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
The festival will only be one session but will feature two distinct features. The first hour is being called “Homebrew U” and will feature educational sessions, product demonstrations, and a hand-picked feature panel of NC professional craft brewers including Sean Lilly Wilson (CEO) and Chris Davis (head brewer) of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, as well as Eric Lars Myers, who will be opening up Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough. Myers also runs the blog Top Fermented and is working on a book, “North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries.”
After the “Homebrew U” portion of the festival, they will open the doors to a tasting session from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM where there is expected to be over 30 different home brewers and craft breweries in attendance, pouring samples of a variety of different brews.
During the tasting session, attendees will be able to taste and chat with the brewers. They will also have the chance to enter to win hundreds of dollars of raffle prizes.
As an added bonus, NC Homebrewing will be in attendance with a couple of beers to share. We’re thinking about doing some pretty fun things…dare I say Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter???
For Home Brewers
If you would like to register for the event head over to the Homebrew for Hunger website and use the registration form on the site to sign up.
You are required to bring at least 5 gallons of beer (more is always encouraged!). You will also have to bring your own means of dispensing your beer, whether it be in bottles or kegs. Also, you should bring your own cooler, slop buckets, signage, or anything else you may want at your table.
Fifth Season will be providing each homebrewer with free festival admission, a table with access to ice, free refreshments and guaranteed volunteer time so that you can leave your booth and enjoy the festival.
Also, if you purchase ingredients for the festival from any of the Fifth Season stores, simply show them your photo ID and you can get 25% off up to $50 worth of brewing ingredients being used to produce beer for the festival.
Home brewers will also have the opportunity to enter their brew into a competition. It is unclear what the different categories will be, but according to their website, there will be multiple categories, including a Brewer’s Choice Best of Show.
Tickets are on sale now for $20 online at homebrewforhunger.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 as well.