The World Beer Festival returned to Raleigh Saturday and scores of people showed up to celebrate.
For the 10th year, the World Beer Festival took over Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.
“It’s everybody coming together because they really enjoy beer. They want to know more about it and it’s a great way to taste everything from inside the state as well as outside,” said Jennifer Holland of Green Man Brewery.
Around 100 breweries are participating in the event.
At least 40 of them are from North Carolina.
Breweries handed out samples to the thousands in attendance.
“If you can get your name in front of 8,000 people, there is some awareness and some recognition,” said President of All About Beer Magazine, Chris Rice. “These are great entrepreneurs. They are working very hard and they are very passionate about the beer that they make and the ingredients that they use. Our hope is that we can create an area for them to talk about their talents.”
Vendors said the festival is a win-win situation for everyone.
“It helps the restaurants increase their sales because they may have someone who wasn’t familiar with the beer before and it helps grocery store sales,” said Holland.
More than 250 samples of beer were available to taste.
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