Louisiana Springfest at Olde Mecklenburg, Battle of the Brews, Beer Me Brewfest and 2015 Smokeoff at Unknown

Olde Mecklenburg's annual Louisiana Springfest is this Saturday beginning at noon

Like local craft beer and looking for something to do this weekend? On Tap’s got you covered, and for a further look to this summer’s craft beer festivals and events, check out Daniel Hartis’ post about the subject at CharlotteBeer.com.


It’s time again for Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s annual Louisiana Spring Fest. Saturday’s event, which begins at noon, is one of the best deals out there. The ticket price of $25 covers your entry, a plate of food and 17 oz. mug of beer. For your food plate, you get to choose two between a Louisiana flavorful trio of crawdads, shrimp and jambalaya, and then you also get corn and potatoes. Two bluegrass bands, The Neighbors and CharlyHorse, will be playing throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased here.


Ten local breweries will also be competing on Saturday for the title of Charlotte’s best in the 2015 Battle of the Brews. This will take place in SouthEnd on W. Park Ave (where the Food Truck Lot is) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled to compete are Ass Clown, Birdsong, D9, Heist, Lake Norman Brewing Company, Lenny Boy, NoDa, Olde Mecklenburg, Primal Brewery and Rock Bottom. Attendees will have the chance to vote on their favorite beer, and the winning brewery gets a $1,000 cash prize. There will also be food trucks as well as live music, local artists and exhibitors. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.


Sunday marks the 2015 Beer Me Brewfest, which will run from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. This festival is located in the parking lot behind All American Pub and adjacent to Amos’ Southend. More than 25 breweries will be in attendance, including local ones in Birdsong, D9, Lenny Boy, Olde Mecklenburg, Sugar Creek and Sycamore. The festival will also feature food trucks, games and live music. Tickets are $25 ($40 for VIP, which gets you in the festival one hour early for tasting) if you purchase today and $30/$50 the day of or at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.


Also on Sunday is Unknown Brewing’s 2015 Charlotte Smokeoff. This competition pits 25 amateur teams, which will be cooking up delicious barbecue for your enjoyment (and vote). For $10, you get entry to the competition and samples from all of the teams (of course, Unknown will have plenty of beer as well – that’s not in the cost though). Proceeds from the Smokeoff will benefit Purple Heart Homes, and Hashbrown Belly Boys, Willi Douglas Band, Wiggle Wagons and Outlaw 21 are performing throughout the day. The festivities begin at 2 p.m., and all tickets will be purchased at the door.

Categories: Beer, By Matt McKenzie