Hops & Blues Fest Coming to The Glass Jug

We are excited to be hosting the first ever ‘Hops & Blues’ festival in South Durham on August 17, 2019.

The festival, which will feature 10 local and regional breweries known for producing excellent IPAs and hop-forward craft beers, will also highlight local blues musicians through our partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation, based in Hillsborough, NC.

Tickets are now on sale. Only 300 tickets will be sold, in an effort to make for a more intimate, relaxed event, in contrast to the frenzy of the larger local beer fests.

“We want to create an event where folks can spread out, listen to some great music, and enjoy delicious beer, without fighting for a spot in line or to get a little elbow room,” said Chris Creech, co-owner and head of brewing operations for The Glass Jug.

“We’ve hand-selected some of the best hop-centric breweries to join us, and Music Maker is bringing in some of the top blues talent to showcase at the event,” added Creech.

The festival will be held outdoors in the beer garden behind The Glass Jug Beer Lab, where a stage and brewery tents will be set up for the occasion. Tickets are $40 for unlimited sampling from 4pm until 8pm. $15 designated driver tickets are also available for those only interested in the music, as these tickets do not include any alcohol samples.

Breweries in attendance include Brewery Bhavana, Trophy Brewing, Ancillary Fermentation, Bond Brothers, Commonwealth Brewing, Heist Brewing, Barrel Culture, HopFly, and Fullsteam, in addition to The Glass Jug.

The musicians confirmed for the event include Big Ron Hunter and Harvey Dalton Arnold.


Harvey Dalton Arnold sold millions of albums as a member of southern-rock band The Outlaws from 1976-80 and has played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He has also shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at Anaheim Stadium.

Big Ron Hunter has performed in Belgium and in New York at the Lincoln Center, and performs regularly throughout North Carolina and at festivals in the United States. Big Ron just released his second album, the Great Unknown, and currently tours with the Music Maker Revue.

Cockadoodlemoo Food Truck will also be on site providing food for the event. Food will be sold separately and is not included in the ticket price.

The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.

More information can be found on Facebook and tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.