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Dirtbag Ales and Dirty Whiskey are hosting a new Distillery Festival.

HOPE MILLS — Distilleries from across North Carolina descend on one of the region’s most popular breweries for a festival that’s the first of its kind in Cumberland County.

Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom and Dirty Whiskey Craft Cocktail Bar and Lounge are hosting the Old North State Distillery Festival on Saturday, November 20.

Guests will be able to sample selections from 11 different distilleries coming to Hope Mills from as far west as Asheville and as far east as the Outer Banks.

“It’s exciting that all of these distilleries are coming to this central location,” said manager Holly Spaniel.

General admission tickets are $35 and include 10 sample tickets. VIP tickets are $65 and include 20 sample tickets, plus two-hour early admission, VIP parking, and a ticket to a meal at the on-site Redneck BBQ Lab food truck. Designated driver tickets, which include water or soda, are $10.

Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom is located in Hope Mills. [Ed Clemente for The Fayetteville Observer]

After:Dirty Whiskey: Dirtbag Ales at Hope Mills ready for cocktails

In addition to drink samples, signature cocktails will be available for purchase. The cocktail bar and brasserie will be open for regular business during the festival

The festival starts at noon for VIP ticket holders and 2 p.m. for general admission. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or Facebook.

The festival will take place in an outdoor space between the main brewery and the Dirty Whiskey bar, which opened earlier this year.

It’s the inaugural festival, but Spaniel said Dirtbag Ales and Dirty Whiskey want to make it an annual tradition.

“We hope it gets bigger and bigger every year,” she said.

Full list of participating distilleries:

  • Broadslab Distillery (Benson)
  • Chemist’s Spirits (Asheville)
  • Raleigh Rum Company (Raleigh)
  • Great Wagon Road Distilling Company (Charlotte)
  • Instill Distilling Company (Clayton)
  • Spirits of Mother Earth (Kinston)
  • End of Days Distillery (Wilmington)
  • Former Nick Williams Company (Lewisville)
  • Southern Grace Distilleries (Mr. Pleasant)
  • Weldon Mills Distillery (Weldon)
  • Outer Banks Distillation (Outer Banks)

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