World Beer Festival Raleigh (Apr. 5) in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square features more than 200 local and national craft brewers. World Beer Festival Raleigh will feature more N.C. breweries than ever before! I always enjoy meeting local brewers and discussing beer with other beer enthusiasts. There are two sessions available for general admission or VIP admission. The afternoon session is from noon-4pm and the evening session is from 6-10pm.

General admission for World Beer Festival Raleigh is $45. The price of the ticket includes a tasting glass with unlimited two-oz. tastings from more than 200 of the finest beers in the US. You will also get access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more.

If you're interested in purchasing the VIP admission for $90, you will get all of the perks of the general admission pass along with some other great benefits. For instance, there will be a VIP lounge located in beautiful Cobblestone Hall in City Market, with air conditioning and private bathrooms. Instead of access to the traditional buffet line like in years past, VIPs will have the opportunity to attend the traveling beer dinner. There will be a variety of stations where local chefs will be preparing dishes paired expertly with beer. Plus, you will receive a festival commemorative gift.