The 5th annual South End Hops Festival is bigger and better than ever


This post is brought to you in partnership with South End Hops Festival. All opinions are our own. 

Calling all beer and dog lovers! South End Hops Festival landed on three separate lists of must-do events during the month of May, and here’s why.

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There’s a jam-packed week full of events leading up to big one (the actual South End Hops Fest!) on Saturday that you surely won’t want to miss out on.

Tuesday, May 15 from 6 – 9 p.m., Triple C Brewing Company will be debuting a special festival brew to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the RescuedMe Spring fundraiser. They will be joined by special guest, NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt and his dog Bama! You’ll also get to enjoy music from the River Ratz that evening.

Wednesday, May 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. will be highlighted by Golden Cow Creamery of South End for the first-ever release of the festival’s own flavored ice cream created with the special brew crafted by Triple C Brewing Company. Who wouldn’t love the perfect combination of beer and ice cream?

Thursday, May 17 from 6 – 9 p.m., RescuedMe will be at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop with a chance to meet (and rescue) their furry and lovable four-legged friends while sipping the festival brew crafted by Triple C Brewing Company.

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Friday, May 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. will be the festival’s fifth birthday celebration, featuring a Hoppy Hour curated by Chef Chris Coleman and the NC Beer Guys at Stoke. There will also be live music from the River Ratz.

And of course, all of these events lead up to the big one on Saturday: the 5th Annual Greystar Apartments and South End Hops Festival Spring Fundraiser at 308 W Carson Blvd from 2 – 6 p.m.

This is shaping up to be the biggest and best festival yet, with more than 70 craft brews, 16 wines, six ciders and two live music stages featuring the River Ratz and U-Phonik.

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There will be side street parking available in the area, but of course, you can always hop on the light rail to avoid the hassle of parking.

You can choose to purchase a VIP, Early Admission or General Admission ticket. Credit cards will be accepted.

A VIP ticket ($50) will give you an extra hour of early access to the festival with unlimited brew samplings, specialty brews, a souvenir sampling glass, live backyard grilling with a local chef and access to the VIP only restrooms. You’re also guaranteed a table with umbrellas that seats up to 10 people. VIP tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10.

A early admission ticket ($40) gives you access to five hours of sampling and a souvenir sampling glass.

A general admission ticket ($35) gives you access to four hours of sampling along with a souvenir sampling glass.

And don’t worry — there will be plenty of food options to choose from, including TIN Kitchen, Papi Queso, Oysters Carolina and more!

Get your ticket now, and find out for yourself why South End Hops Festival won Charlotte’s 2017 Best Beer Festival of the Year.

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  1. Wouldn’t it be so awesome to have, in addition to everything else that South End has to draw a crowd….something to truly honor the history within it’s boundaries? Something more than a sign or two (though I’m glad we finally have SOMETHING) letting those that have no idea (through no fault of their own), for Charlotte has done very little to acknowledge it’s glorious gold mining history. There was a push back in the 1970’s to commemorate it…from building a visitor center to restoring some of the underground tunnels, to building a surface park with displays, but, sadly, all kinda died on the vine. However, at that time, South End consisted of a couple abandoned cotton mills, Carolina Foods bakery, Price’s Chicken Coop (where I’ve eaten my weight in chicken many times) and a few other businesses.
    But now…with the renaissance South End has experienced (and continues to do so) new people finding the community feeling there irresistible…not to mention a little thing just down the road called Bank of America Stadium, now would be a great time for whatever hoops needed to be jumped through to finally bring this worthwhile acknowledgement of a very colorful part of Charlotte’s past into fruition. About the only tangible evidence left from one of the three gold mines that were in operation in an area much later to be known as South End, (Rudisil, St. Catherine, and Brush Hill) is a weedy lot used by Pike, (Duke Energy contractor) to store various pieces of this and that. Walk to the left hand corner of this lot (across from BooneOakley on Summit St.) and you are literally on top of one of the most productive mines of the time, the Rudisil. There is a rather large concrete cap covering what is likely the only shaft who’s exact location is known…(there were over 16 shafts associated with the Rudisil) All along the top of a ridge that apparently extended from just above Rudisil’s mine, to a point southwest of there…and likely numerous shallow ‘prospecting’ pits’ , where the dirt from one pit is used to fill another….


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