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Downtown Salisbury beer crawl, Brewbury festival gets second try

SALISBURY — Last year’s Brewbury Fest was to be the first, but the craft beer tasting festival was canceled as the remnants of Hurricane Florence swept through Salisbury.

This weekend, Brewbury will get a second chance.

The two-night festival will begin from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with a beer crawl and continue with a craft beer celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Salisbury Depot.

With a $25 ticket on Friday, beer lovers can visit downtown Salisbury locations and sample 16 craft beers with 28 businesses participating. North Carolina craft breweries will be featured.

The $25 ticket cover both days, but those who want to attend Saturday only can do so for $15.

On Saturday, the festival will include live music and lawn games. Pints of beer and glasses of wine will be for sale, and food trucks will be on site. Children can attend with no entry charge. Those 21 and older will be issued a wrist band that allows them to purchase adult beverages.

Participating breweries include New Sarum, Morgan Ridge, Bhramari Brewhouse, Cabarrus Brewing, Blue Blaze Brewery, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Divine Barrel, Bull City Ciderworks and Southern Strain Brewery.

“We want everyone to come out and enjoy dDowntown Salisbury and enjoy the craft brews,” said Larissa Harper, executive director of Downtown Salisbury Inc.

The crawl will be similar to February’s Wine about Winter. Participants will receive a sampling glass with a map showing participating locations.

“Downtown Salisbury will have the trolleys running to help folks get to the farthest brew tasting locations in downtown during the Friday night crawl, Harper said. “We don’t want attendees to miss any location that they would like to visit.”  

After last year’s Brewbury Fest was canceled, DSI took what it had planned and made some improvements. Harper said organizers took the Summer Sip format and improved it.

Friday’s beer crawl will start at the Salisbury Visitor Center, at 204 E. Innes, where participants can show their IDs and pick up wristbands and a mini-pint glass. The beer crawl is for ages 21 and older. Businesses and brewery staff will have the right to refuse to serve anyone who doesn’t have a wristband or who has had their limit of alcohol, Harper says.

The musical acts on Saturday will include ’80s-style Cassette Rewind, singer-songwriter Lauren Light and the multi-genre ACE Party Band.

Tickets can be purchased online at downtownsalisburync.com or at the festival with cash or a credit or debit card.

For more information, call 704-637-7814.

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