Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Avenue, is the first brewery in the Historic West End. It maintains a strong connection with the outdoors and healthy living. The brewery is named after the “blue blaze” symbol on the Appalachian Trail, which leads hikers off-trail to something interesting, like a spring or overlook.
Blue Blaze hosts bike rides, outdoor-themed film screenings, a pop-up farmers’ market and more.
You can see all their upcoming events on their Facebook page.
Here are some free upcoming events:
Blue Blaze Book Club: “Daisy Jones & The Six”
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Blaze Brewing invites book lovers to join us for evening of books and brews. This month we will be meeting to discuss the novel “Daisy Jones and The Six” By Taylor Jenkins Reid.
This book club meeting will take place in our cozy mezzanine loft! Local food, Trap Dawgz will be on site!
Live Music: Nathan Davis
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Backpacking 101 – Experiencing the Mountains to Sea Trail
Sunday, May 19th, 2019
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The great outdoors can be a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and stresses from everyday life. However, spending time in the wilderness, especially doing overnight backpacking trips, can be difficult and unnerving, not to mention dangerous, to those new to the experience. Here at Blue Blaze Brewing, we want to encourage folks to get outside and experience the serenity of nature by providing tips on safety and backpacking techniques. We are excited to be hosting monthly backpacking workshops with experienced backpacker and Appalachian Trail thru hiker, Heidi Nisbett, and local outfitter Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Join us on Sunday, May 19 along with guest speaker, Kimberly “Legs” Brookshire. In 2016, Kimberly decided to hike the 1,150 mile Mountains to Sea Trail across North Carolina. When she got to the end, she decided on a whim to turn around and hike back! She will be speaking on her solo hiking experience on the scenic trail in our own backyard. Kimberly has also hiked over 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, and will be returning to complete the trail this summer.
Participation for this event is FREE. The purchase of a beer or two (or three) is appreciated. This workshop is open to experienced backpackers and newbies alike. We hope to see you there!
Blue Blaze Open Jam Session
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Blaze Brewing and Bold Music welcome you to join us for an Open Jam Session on the second and fourth Thursday of the month! Meet in the taproom at 6:30 p.m. with your instrument of choice, or borrow one of ours. These sessions are open to folks of all skill levels to participate. Or come by to listen to some fun, live music!
Sessions will be led by a professional from Bold Music. Refreshing beers are on tap and cider, wine, prosecco, and sodas are available. Local food truck Grumpy Grandpa MX will be on site for this date!
These jam sessions do not included any guided instruction. Musicians are always more than happy to give advice or opinions when asked. This is not a place for unsolicited advice or lessons on how to play.
Blue Blaze Hiking Club – Uwharrie Recreation Trail
Saturday, May 25th, 2019
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blue Blaze Brewing invites you to participate in our Blue Blaze Hiking Club! Join us as we hit the trail with other outdoorsy and craft beer-loving folks, followed by an opportunity to enjoy a refreshing beverage. This is a series of hikes we will be doing on alternating Saturdays. New members are always welcome!
This week we will be hiking the a 4.6 mile out-and-back section of the Uwharrie Recreational Trail, starting at the Wood Run trailhead. This trail has some moderate elevation change with minor stream crossings and winds through tickets of green mountain laurel that should be in bloom with pink and white flowers. The turn around point on this hike will be Wood Run Camp, a campsite with grassy fields and a restroom facility.
The best way to find the trail head is to just type “Wood Run Trailhead” into your GPS. Coming from Charlotte, NC, you take US-74 E/Independence Blvd to NC-27 E/Albemarle Rd. Follow NC-27 through the town of Albemarle (taking a slight right on Main St to stay on NC-27). After crossing over the Pee Dee river, the trailhead will be on your left. Look out for the Blue Blaze Banner!
Bring water and snacks, we will plan to take a break at the turn around. After the hike, hikers are welcome to join us back at the taproom for a cold beer and food provided by local food truck, Killer B’s!
Participation in this event and access to the trail is FREE. Folks of all ages and most skill levels are welcome to join us (drinks only for those who are 21 and older, of course). Leashed dogs can come along! Hikes will be led by Appalachian Trail thru hiker, Heidi Nisbett (class of 2018).
Pet Adoption Event with Halfway There Rescue
Saturday, May 25th, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come by to meet some adorable pets in need of fur-ever homes from Halfway There Rescue! Information on donating, fostering, and adopting is available. Blue Blaze is a dog friendly facility inside and out, so bring your own fur babies along as well! Yappy Hour Bakery will be on site with all sorts of treats for your furry friends.
Artist Reception- Cari Anne Schlie
Saturday, May 25th, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us for an opportunity to see original artwork by Charlotte Artist, Cari Anne Schlie as her show comes to a close.
This installation encourages the viewer to conceptualize how their personal footprint is connected to not only local communities, but global ecosystems as well. We live in a point in history where it is more important than ever to, yes, be mindful of our consumption and do obvious things like recycle, but also to vote in such a way as to protect our environment and to invite larger systemic change by holding large scale polluters accountable. If you are passionate about art or music, then you have the potential to be an artist or musician. If you appreciate nature, then you have the potential to be a conservationist.
More events coming up at local breweries
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
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