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Kinston's 1st Annual Beer Weekend

Date: April 2, 2014 - April 5, 2014
Event Description Wednesday, April 2
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm Opening reception- Beer Mugs and Pint Glasses Exhibit and Sale at The Overland Gallery, 125 W. Blount St.
food from Christopher's and music by Bobby Merritt to kick off NC Beer Month and Kinston's Brew Weekend

Thursday, April 3

7 pm -Chef and the Farmer Beer Dinner with Mother Earth Brewing
The Chef and the Farmer and Mother Earth Brewing will be having a beer dinner as the opening event for Beer Weekend in Kinston. Come and taste some delicious food paired with some of the best beers! Location: 120 West Gordon Street, Time: 7pm, Reservations required by calling 252-208-2433

Friday, April 4
6-9 pm - B.O.B. Bash, BBQ Oysters and Beer downtown Kinston, entertainment by Jupiter Jones
Eastern NC pig pickin', roasted NC Oysters,  NC Beers and a great band at the Lenoir County Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Neuse in downtown Kinston! Yes, downtown Kinston is the place to be as King's Restaurant and Lou, Lou's Oyster Bar have a downtown BBQ, Oysters and Beer Bash Eastern NC style. Location: Lenoir County Farmer's Market, 100 N. Herritage Street, Time: 6 pm to 9 pm, $10.00 Tickets available after March 1 by calling 252-527-2101.

Saturday, April 5
7 am - 10 am Breakfast on the Boat, CSS Neuse II, Corner of Gordon and Herritage Street
Enjoy a hearty country breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, grits and homemade biscuits aboard the ONLY full size replica of a Civil War Ironclad vessel in the world!  Entertainment provided by the Carteret Greys (period music).  Also, Riley's Battery (Confederated Artillery Re-enactors) will be on-site with Cannons and period weapons.
You will surely get your money's worth and help support this worthy cause.  CSS Neuse Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Location: Corner of Gordon and Herritage Steet next to 100 N. Herritage Street. Time: 7:30 am – 10:30 am, $7.00 Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 252-560-2150 or on the morning of the event as long as available.

10 am – 1 pm  Mother Earth Brewing Neuse River Brews Cruise 
Join us in Kinston, NC on Saturday, April 5th for the inaugural Mother Earth Brewing Neuse River Brews Cruise!  Conducted in conjunction with North Carolina Craft Beer Month, the Brews Cruise is a leisurely canoe/kayak paddle down the winding and beautiful Neuse River.  Paddlers will meet at The Neusiok Club, located near downtown Kinston, at 10am for registration.  From there, you’ll be shuttled to the launch site upriver where you’ll hop into a canoe or kayak and enjoy a leisurely guided paddle with the current back to The Neusiok Club, which should take approximately 1.5-2 hours.  Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the area as well as the natural beauty of the river and its wildlife.
After paddling back down to The Neusiok Club, paddlers will enjoy a guided beer tasting conducted by staff from Mother Earth Brewing to learn more about what makes craft beer special.  The tasting will include some standard offerings from Mother Earth Brewing, as well as special release items and rarities, including 2014 Tripel Overhead Barrel-Aged Belgian Tripel ahead of its official release!
The cost of the Brews Cruise is only $25.00, with 100% of the profits being donated to the Kinston Riverwalk Fund.  The fund will be used to construct nature trails along the Neuse River between the Neuseway Nature Center and Woodmen Community Center in Kinston, ensuring the preservation of the natural area along the banks for generations to come.  Space is very limited, so if you’re interested, contact Mother Earth Brewing by phone (252-208-2437) or email ( to reserve your spot today! Location: 311 N. Herritage Street, 252-208-2437,

10 am - 4 pm Drinking during the Civil War 
19th Century bottle and stein collection exhibit and living history. 

2 pm – 4 pm  Overland Gallery Beer Mug Pint Glass Exhibit - Functional vessels created by potters, glass blowers, and metal artists from all over the state will be exhibited.
10 am – 4 pm Drinking during the Civil War – CSS Neuse Interpretive Center
1 pm – 4 pm Mother Earth Brewing
Mother Earth Brewing will be releasing their Tripel Overhead Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel. Large format bottles of this year and previous years will be for sale, plus this year along with previous other years will be on tap. Vertical tasting will be available to try side by side to taste the difference.


Event Location Various sites in and around downtown Kinston as listed on the schedule of events.
Contact Information
Jan Parson
April 2-5, 2014
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