Wine-lovers are invited to the WNC Nature Center’s third Brews and Bears event of the summer on Friday, July 12, from 5:30-8:00PM. The after-hours event allows friends, families, and colleagues to enjoy the Nature Center in the evening, when animals are more active in their habitats.
New in July, the event will feature beer from UpCountry Brewing and wine from plēb urban winery. Bold Rock’s rosé-style cider will also be served. There will be several food options, including Gypsy Queen Cuisine food truck, a hot dog cart, a pretzel cart, and ice cream from The Hop. Sandwiches will also be available for sale in the Gift Shop. To make sure all attendees have a chance to watch the Nature Center’s black bears interact with their enrichment activity, Uno and Ursa will be receiving special enrichments throughout the evening, along with an educational talk about the American Black Bear at 7PM.
The event series has been well-attended this year. “The great thing about the Nature Center is that you experience something different every time you visit.” says Kate Frost, Director of Development at Friends of the WNC Nature Center. “It’s the same with Brews and Bears; each event has showcased different beers and ciders, and now we are excited to offer Chambourcin Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc for the July event.”
Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members and $10 for non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance for all remaining events (July 12, August 9) at https://www.wncnaturecentergifts.org/brews-and-bears. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales go to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center and help support various programs throughout the park, including animal enrichment and habitat renovations.
The Brews and Bears events are presented by Festiva and The Biltmore Company. Additional sponsors include Brickstreet Equity Management, Landmark Landscapes, White Oak Financial Management, and Hummingbird Insurance.
The Friends is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the animals, programs, and facilities of the WNC Nature Center. The Nature Center connects people of all ages with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org.