Beer tents featuring over 37 craft breweries from North Carolina and over 25 food trucks lined alongside Fayetteville Street this past Saturday, April 26. Bands flanking both ends of the street and in front of the Wake County Small Claims Courthouse entertained Brewgaloo revelers.
Sunny weather and temperatures in the high 70’s helped to usher in the massive crowds.
Instead of money, sample pours and pints of beers were dispensed via a token and five-sampler card currency system at each beer tent. Sampler cards ran out at the festival by mid-afternoon and festival attendees that wanted to purchase sampler cards were given blue tickets instead.
Breweries came from as far as Asheville’s Highland Brewing Company and Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing Company. Lines were long for Raleigh’s own Sub Noir Brewing Co. and Durham’s Ponysaurus Brewing Company’s offerings . Nascent breweries like Howard Brewing and Double Barley Brewery were also on-hand filling thirsty Brewgaloo attendees with sample pours and pints of their brews.
And, if Brewgaloo attendees weren’t drinking, they were cradling paper trays from the many food trucks that attended the popular event. Perennial food truck favorites like American Meltdown and Chirba Chirba Dumpling were slinging out gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and pork dumplings, while newbie trucks like Dump Pho King and STUFT were also in the mix serving up portable comestibles like Cheerwine Bulgogi and Bacon Maple Cheddar stuffed potatoes.