BOONE — More than 60 breweries are slated to be represented at the 12th annual High Country Beer Fest at 3-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the High Country Fairgrounds, located at 784 Roby Greene Road.

“Favorite local breweries like AMB, Booneshine, and Lost Province will be back this year,” said Brett Taubman, director and founding member of the High Country Beer Fest, in a statement. “The lineup also includes Brown Truck, Fonta Flora and many more fantastic breweries,”

According to Amber Bateman, High Country Beer Fest coordinator, the event drew more than 3,000 attendees last year.

“Whether you’re an aficionado or just enjoy a cold one on a hot day, you’ll find a lot to sample and enjoy,” Taubman stated.

A part of the festival, this year’s educational seminars will highlight fermented foods made by students and professors, including vinegars, hot sauces, kombucha, and pickled vegetables.

Founded in 2007, the High Country Beer Fest supports Appalachian State’s Fermentation Sciences program. More than $264,000 has been raised to date, helping purchase equipment and fund scholarships and research grants. Fermentation Sciences students also participate in the festival, serving up their brews under the label Ivory Tower Brewing.

High Country Beer Fest also donates a portion of proceeds to local charities and nonprofits. To date, more than $24,000 has been raised for these organizations.

General Admission tickets are $40 in advance and $60 at the gate and include a sample glass for limitless tasting of more than 150 of different beers. VIP tickets are $80 in advance and $100 at the gate. VIP ticket holders receive a specialty tasting glass as well as a festival t-shirt, meal voucher and one-hour early entry into the festival.

Designated Driver tickets are also available for $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. All attendees must be 21 years or older.

VIP and General Admission tickets are available now on the High Country Beer Fest website, www.hcbeerfest.com, or at Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants, 1104 N.C. 105, Boone.

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