For the craft beer faithful, the World Beer Festival can feel familiar after a time or two. The twice-a-year gatherings in the Triangle tout the vast expanse of beer, but enthusiasts are drawn to the new, the special and the undiscovered. The double rice India pale ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing, a small craft brewer in Michigan, attracted quite a favorable crowd at the Durham event last fall.
For the upcoming spring festival in Raleigh, organizers are trying to keep it fresh with more new breweries. The recently announced newcomers include Goose Island from Chicago, Blue Mountain Barrel House from Virginia, No-Li Brewhouse from Washington state and Windy Hill Orchard from New York. The newly opened Raleigh Brewing Co. and White Street Brewing in Wake Forest also will debut. Read more news from the North Carolina craft beer scene in this week's Pintful craft beer column.