Lauren here, your friendly neighborhood Charlotte-to-Raleigh transplant and Triangle area correspondent. The Cheers Charlotte guys weren’t able to make it up to Beericana this last weekend, September 12, so I’m reporting on the festival for them. Beericana was held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, a suburb of Raleigh, about 30 minutes southwest. This was the second year for this festival focusing on local beers and Americana music. There 69 breweries were pouring a plethora of great options. There were local Triangle favorites such as Fullsteam, Raleigh Brewing Company, and Aviator. I was happy to see Charlotte breweries out in force as well, with Olde Meckelenburg, Triple C, Unknown, and Birdsong all slinging beers to happy festival goers. For me, the most exciting tents were a few breweries that aren’t currently available in the North Carolina market yet. Hardywood out of Virginia was one of them. They maintained a hefty line all day long, but it was worth it for their gingerbread stout. Food options were also plentiful, with 22 food trucks in attendance. From Venezuelan arepas, to grilled cheese, to the always popular Cousins Maine Lobster truck, you could find anything to pair with all of your tastes of beer. Three bands played during the course of the day and sitting in front of the stage was nice for a short beer respite. The last band, Dark Water Rising, really brought the house down and had everyone grooving. Although the weather threatened rain all day, we stayed high and dry, and the clouds kept the temperature at a cool 75 all day. 919 Beer did a great job putting on this festival and I highly recommend making the trip up 85 to visit next year.