Ever wonder what Jalapeño Rauchbier tastes like? The ‘Poblañero” soda from Crude Bitters & Soda was memorable, as was Steel String’s Tobago Pepper Cask Beer. See the many ways peppers inspire brewers and distillers as they compete for Best Pepper Beer at this year’s PepperFest!
We will be adding 2018 Beverage Vendors in the days to come! Stay tuned here for more information as we develop the full 2018 Festival Lineup!
A locally, sourced hand crafted beverage company. We make draft kombucha, shrubs and craft syrups sold at the farmers markets and throughout our community.
BULL CITY CIDERWORKS
Bull City Ciderworks was founded on the belief that cider doesn’t have to be sweet and shouldn’t taste artificial. Each of our ciders are made with 100% apple juice, gluten free yeast cultures, and local ingredients (hops, honey, etc.). Refreshingly unique, amazing flavor is the bottom line at Bull City Ciderworks.
Carolina Brewery is a locally owned brewery and restaurant that has drawn international attention for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Director of Brewing Operations, Jon Connolly, and his team. Founded in Chapel Hill in 1995, Carolina Brewery is the fifth oldest brewery in North Carolina. A second brewpub, Carolina Brewery & Grill, opened in Pittsboro in 2007, greatly expanding the company’s brewing and wholesale sales capacity. The Carolina Brewery is committed to featuring North Carolina and local products whenever possible.
CHATHAM CIDER WORKS
We make small-batch hard cider from North Carolina apples. Our cider is dry and unfiltered, with a balance of tannins and acids. We work with apple growers in the mountains to source the apples that give us the flavor profile we’re looking for. The cider is available on keg and in bottles.
Kegged cider is force-carbonated and lightly sweetened with an alcohol level between 10-12 percent.
Bottled cider is naturally sparkling through bottle fermentation and is dry with an alcohol level between 9-10 percent.
CRUDE BITTERS & SODAS
Crude Bitters & Soda was started in 2012 with a DIY attitude and the thought that delicious cocktails and soft drinks could be improved upon. Each bitters and soda flavor is hand-made by human hands utilizing only the finest ingredients and careful attention.Crude Sodas are old-fashioned fountain sodas served via draft. The flavors are unique and crafted to be savored purely on their own, sweetened with a perfect balance of natural sugars. High fructose corn syrup is wrong and should not be in your soda pop. Crude Bitters are crafted from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no chemicals or dyes. Bitters are used to enhance a cocktail, give a slight edge to the nightcap, and bitters made with glycerin can leave your drink in ruin.
FAIR GAME BEVERAGE CO.
Fair Game Beverage Company in Pittsboro, North Carolina produces craft wines and spirits from local farms. At the heart of our wines and spirits are the fruits, grains and juices and the people who grow them. We work hard to source high quality fruits, grains and juices directly from North Carolina and southeastern growers. In fact, nearly all of our Grape wines and Sweet Sorghum are grown and harvested by Andy and Chris, and our grains are grown and malted right here in the Piedmont. We study the old hand crafted methods of Portugal, Italy and Cognac, France to bring world class wine and spirits to Chatham County, North Carolina. Come visit us for a tour of the distillery and wine tasting.
FOUR SAINTS BREWING
Four Saints Brewing of Asheboro, NC, pays homage to the patron saints of beer, Saint Wenceslaus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Luke and Saint Augustine of Hippo. They’ve become the most recognized patron saints for brewing and beer because of their contributions to and associations with the world’s favorite sudsy beverage. Four Saints Founders Joel McClosky and Andrew Deming are carrying on the brewing tradition in the hopes of future sainthood, or at least to make some really good beer.
Fullsteam is a Durham, NC production brewery and tavern inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. Our mission: to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer. We brew traditional and experimental beers with a Southern sensibility, often incorporating local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and seasonal botanicals to guide our beer and our quest. The more we buy local, the more we directly improve the quality of life of NC farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs. We seek no less than to build a Southern Beer Economy…one pint at a time.
Homebucha is a grassroots kombucha company based in Durham, NC. Using high quality organic ingredients and taste-centric fermentation methods, we think our kombucha is the tastiest you’ll find. Many folks find that Homebucha is the perfect blend of tart and sweet, making it accessible even to folks who have traditionally disliked kombucha.
MYSTERY BREWING COMPANY
Mystery Brewing Company is the world’s first seasonal only brewery, and our Public House reflects that in the beers on tap and food on the menu.
Our food and beer rotate consistently. We have core four beers that we release each season (four in spring, four in summer, etc..), as well as a handful of one-time brews we make just for fun! We guarantee there’s a beer for everyone on tap. Similarly, our menu changes based on what ingredients we can get at the farmers markets, what’s in season, and what pairs well with our beers at the time! It’s always a little different, but always delicious!
MYSTIC FARM & DISTILLERY
In 2013, we started with a small dream: to make an all-American version of a Scottish spiced whisky liqueur. It had to be great on its own yet play well with others. And, we had to be proud to introduce people to it.
After many hundreds of versions, experimenting with different combinations of botanicals and sweeteners, we discovered the perfect combination: a nine-spice tea with a touch of wildflower honey blended into a 45% wheat bourbon. From a stovetop creation, we scaled up production in leased facilities and jumped in the car to begin introducing Mystic to people throughout the Southeast.
Starrlight Mead specializes in quality honey wine made on the property from local NC honey. Visit us for a tasting, glass or bottle of one of the most unique beverages you will taste.
STEEL STRING BREWERY
Inspired by the agricultural bounty of the North Carolina Piedmont and the funky, free-spirited vibes of Carrboro, Steel String adapts modern American brewing styles and techniques into a unique North Carolina vernacular. We aim to brew beers that represent the culture and character of our community.
TOP OF THE HILL
Whether you live in Chapel Hill, are just visiting or are here to connect to your college roots, Top of the Hill – or TOPO as we have come to be known – is a destination spot. Our menu is loaded with locally-sourced ingredients, our acclaimed beer collection is brewed right on site, and our outdoor deck boasts a panoramic view of downtown.
YesterYears Brewery brews beer from local ingredients while giving back the spent grains to local farmers throughout the week. We are a community oriented brewery helping our local businesses thrive as well as sponsoring and participating with many charitable organizations in the area.