Here are a few upcoming craft beer events across the Triangle:
- Beer Extravaganza
5-8 p.m. Friday at Southern Season in Chapel Hill
The gourmet food store at University Mall is hosting a party to celebrate its first-ever homebrew competition. Local breweries and vendors will offer free tastings. The competition winners are announced at 7 p.m.
- Small Batch Brew Bash
4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill
The brewery is partnering with All About Beer magazine for an event featuring new small batch beers and food pairings. It coincides with the debut of the brewery's 18th anniversary and the release of a new Anniversary Ale, a Belgian Witbier, or wheat beer. Tickets are $25. For more information visit carolinabrewery.com.
- Lonerider Brew-It-Forward Competition
March 23, Moore Square in Raleigh
Lonerider announced details for its fifth annual homebrew competition. The deadline for homebrewers to enter is March 15. Go to loneridershowdown.com for details. The big party to announce the winner is a week later in downtown Raleigh.
This post is from John Frank, our craft beer columnist. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @byJohnFrank.