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Pintful: Carolina Brewery wins top honors in State Fair beer competition

Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill took home top honors in the N.C. State Fair beer competition, winning best of show and seven categories.

The brewer's Flagship India pale ale took home the top prize. Carolina Brewery's other winning beers included: Sky Blue Golden Ale, the No. 2 overall beer, Oktoberfest, Copperline Amber Ale, Firecracker Pale Ale and Old Familiar Barleywine.

Aviator Brewing in Fuquay-Varina and Fullsteam in Durham each took home three. Fullsteam's First Frost Persimmon Ale took No. 3 overall.

Pintful: Cool down at NC beer events this weekend

The North Carolina beer scene is hot this weekend with big events across the state. Here's a taste of what's to come:

Wet-hopped Cask Party: Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs is hosting a party at the brewery Friday for its first wet-hopped beer. The hops are 100 percent North Carolina grown and organic, picked hours before going into two casks of the brewery's India Pale Ale. The event starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. More information here.

Big Boss Brewery Tour: 2 p.m. Saturday at Big Boss Brewing, 1249 Wicker St., Raleigh. The monthly brewery tour is a 30-minute journey through the Raleigh beer maker’s workshop. Following the tour, try three for $1 each and enjoy the labyrinth taproom and all its toys. Tour is free. More information here.

NoDa Beer Release Party: NoDa Brewing in Charlotte will debut the limited release of its Hot Pistol, a chocolate raspberry habanero stout. NCBeerGuys, Dave Tollefsen and Glenn Cutler helped craft the beer after winning NoDa's Hop Pro-Am Best in Show award. NoDa will make the beer available at noon Saturday and a limited supply will make it to Raleigh and Durham area bottle shops. In honor of the beer, NoDa will host a habanero eating contest. More information here.

Reminder: Free coupon class at the 'Got to be NC' festival

Here's a freebie I hope you won't be able to pass up.

I'll be teaching a free coupon class this Friday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

The class is part of the annual "Got to be NC" festival -- a celebration of all things North Carolina -- which runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The one-hour class, with a question-and-answer session afterward, will teach you how to save at least 50 percent at the grocery store using coupons and other savings techniques.

The class begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.

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