Fall into Brewgrass

Summer officially ends on Sunday, Sept. 22, but not without one last outdoor to-do. The 17th annual Brewgrass Festival combines two of Western North Carolina’s superlative productions: beer and bluegrass music. Hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association, the event welcomes sippers and pickers to Martin Luther King Jr. Park from noon to 7 p.m. for live music and a cakewalk-like showing of local beer breweries ( and one cider maker). And it’s all a fundraiser for Big Brother’s/Big Sister’s.

According to the festival’s website, Brewgrass “began in … 1996 in Asheville to educate the masses [on] the qualities of craft-brewed beer combined with the finest examples of bluegrass music.” With 53 participating breweries (the majority of which brew in WNC), that’s virtual master class in craft beer. This year’s performers include The Henhouse Prowlers, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Seldom Scene and Johnson’s Crossroad.

Tickets are $55, and were still available at press time via brewgrassfestival.com, where the full list of breweries and bands (and festival rules) can be viewed as well.

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