May 13 - 4:30pm Promotions Committee (HDDA Office)
May 14 - 11:30am Business Developent (Josh's on
May 15 - 8:20am Design Committee (Taste Full Beans)
May 21 - 10:30am Board of Directors (City Hall)
May 27 - Memorial Day HDDA Closed
HOPS CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIP OF BEERS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
On Saturday, April 20, more than 2500 festivarians were in attendance at Hickory
Hops in downtown Hickory, NC to enjoy beer, camaraderie and pleasant spring
weather. The 11th annual beer festival, featuring craft brewed beer from 54
breweries was the reason for the assembly and to recognize the 246 medal and
Best of Show winners at the 8th annual Carolinas Championship of Beer.
The CCB starts with craft brewed beer. Hickory Hops brewery participants are
encouraged to send bottled beer in for judging. The beers, which totaled 396
beers, a 40% increase over last year, from 42 breweries, were entered into
specific categories, 134 styles in total. On March 30, three weeks prior to
Hickory Hops, more than 80 volunteers gathered at Olde Hickory Brewery to judge
the unmarked beers for adherence to specific category characteristics. When
the first round finished three hours later, 35 beers had been awarded gold
medals. 82 received silver and 129 bronze winners were identified.
For CCB round two, a smaller group of certified judges convened to determine
the best of the gold medal beers. Called the Best of Show round, three beers
- first, second, and third places - were proclaimed the best of the best. This
year, the judges chose to recognize a fourth beer for Honorable Mention.
High Point's Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery claimed First Place - Best of
Show for head brewer Todd Isbell's Miss Liberty Lager in the American Premium
Lager category. Light but flavorful, the beer was awarded for exact adherence
to traditional style. The exuberant Isbell was on hand to receive his engraved
CCB 2013 plaque.
Second Place - Best of Show also was awarded to the brewpub on Mall Loop Road
in High Point. Liberty Steakhouse's India Pale Ale, a hoppy American-style
IPA, held its own against tough competition, recognized, as was the lager,
for strict adherence to style. A very busy brewer, other Liberty beers scored
three silver and five bronze medallions.
Nantahala Brewing was honored with Third Place - Best of Show. Head brewer
Greg Geiger's Four Foot Drop was a standout in the American-style Pale Ale
category. Founded in 1999, the Bryson City brewery also scored three other
gold medals, three silvers and seven bronzes.
For only the second time in CCB history, the final round judges awarded an
Honorable Mention plaque. John Stuart's Maceo, they decided, not to recognize
as exemplary. A product of Green Man Brewery in Asheville, Maceo is an exceptional
imperial brown ale aged for six months in "magic barrels" and then
for another three in rum casks with "an insane amount of sweet Oregon
Proceeds from this year's CCB will be donated to the North Carolina Brewers
Guild for use promoting the State's 80+ craft breweries. Hickory Hops will
also make a donation to the Guild.
Congratulations to all our Hickory Hops breweries. Hickory Hops is hosted by
the Olde Hickory Brewery and Hickory Downtown Development Association. Hickory
Hops appreciates the generosity of the event's sponsors: The Best of Beers,
Nestles Waters, WNCW88.7, Five Star Chemicals & Supply. United Beverages,
The Country Malt Group, and FOCUS.
MUSIC FACTORY MOVES TO JAYCEE PARK
The Hickory Music Factory is excited to announce the establishment of their
new headquarters. Thanks to the City of Hickory and their vision of providing
more musical opportunities, HMF will be in partnership with the city's Department
of Parks and Recreation and will host much of their activities in the old Parks
and Rec. buillding at Jaycee Park.
HMF's mission is to provide and preserve
music within our community through, lessons, performance opportunities, and
outreach programs. Such outreach programs will require much needed musical
instruments. HMF is in desperate need of instruments, as well as, funds for
scholarships. Please donate any instrument, new or old, from guitars to drums,
to horns to pianos. All will be put to good use through our many programs.
Other items such as microphones, PA equipment, amps, music stands, sheet
music, music books, etc., are also needed.
HMF directors and founders, Rick
and Tony Eltora, have over 30 years of teaching experience and are committed
to "building futures through music". The Hickory Music Factory is
a local non- profit 501c3 organization. For more information call 308-5659
or visit http://www.hickorymusicfactory.com/ on how you can become a supporter.
& MARGARET JACKSON NAMED AS LRU BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE YEAR
The Business Council of Lenoir Rhyne University honored Anthony and Margaret
Jackson as LRU Business Leaders of the Year on April 24, 2013.
The Business Council was established in 1983 to promote a better understanding
of L-R and its programs within the business community, to provide unique learning
opportunities for students and businesses, and to support the L-R giving programs.
Tony and Margaret Jackson are founders and current chairpeople of The Jackson
Group, Inc., a Hickory, NC based group of four companies providing survey services,
multimedia productions, and leadership/consulting services. The Jackson Group
was founded in 1976 as A.K. Jackson & Associates, a sole-practitioner firm,
but over 37 years has grown to a firm with 45 employees serving over 280 clients
in 38 states and Great Britain.
Both Tony and Margaret are 1969 graduates of Lenior-Rhyne University; Tony
with a degree in Economics and Margaret with a degree in Elementary Education.
Tony continued his education with graduate work at Appalachian State University,
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Hall Psychiatric Institute and received
an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University's Babcock School of Management.
Tony and Margaret have three children-Alan, Brian, and Mary Margaret, all owners
of TJG with Alan and Mary Margaret serving as President/CEO and Executive Director
of Jackson Group Interactive, respectively-and are the proud grandparents of
The Jackson Group is located in the former Harper Motor Company which is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places. The restoration of a contributing
building in the Downtown Hickory SW Historic District is a prime example of
their advocacy for Downtown Hickory and for historic preservation. Margaret
currently serves as President-Elect on the Hickory Downtown Development Association
Board of Directors.
REAL ESTATE GROUP RIBBON CUTTING
Hickory Real Estate Group Inc. will be having their ribbon cutting and open
house on Thursday April 25, 2013 at 4:30pm. The new office 813 Main Ave SW
Hickory NC 28602 is the historic home known as the William H. Wilfong House
that was built in 1890.
Hickory Real Estate Group Inc. was created by Mike and Kathleen Kelly in February
of 2010 and has grown to 10 agents as of April 2013. Hickory Real Estate Group
specializes in residential and commercial real estate sales in the greater
Hickory Metro area including Hickory, Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Granite
Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Bethlehem, Taylorsville, and Eastern Burke County.
For more information contact Hickory Real Estate Group at 828-328-9540 or go
to the company website at www.HickoryRealEstateGroup.com.
Welcome new HDDA members!