Short Drives, Easy Day Trips

Check out what’s on tap in Durham and the NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte.


Hi-Wire Brewing Comes to Bull City

A circus-themed grand opening celebration on December 1st highlighted 40 Hi-Wire brews and brought roving circus acts, a spinning wheel, and aerial artists to the Bull City.

A circus-themed grand opening celebration on December 1st highlighted 40 Hi-Wire brews and brought roving circus acts, a spinning wheel, and aerial artists to the Bull City.

Asheville’s award-winning brewery recently opened the first taproom outside of its hometown market. Located at 800 Taylor Street in Durham, the new 10,522-square-foot taproom and outdoor patio is serving 24 taps of Hi-Wire’s trademark lagers and rare sour and wild ales, plus guest wines and ciders on tap. The label’s most popular beers include Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA.

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The Queen City Hosts NBA All-Stars

Perfect prelude to the March Madness season will be the NBA’s exhibition basketball game on February 17th in Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. It will be the 68th edition of the NBA All-Stars, but only the second time it has been held close to home. (It was in Charlotte in 1991 and scheduled to be held there in 2017 but was moved to New Orleans that year because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina’s bathroom bill.) Like last year, when the NBA switched the format to one where the fans decide the team captains, the fans will choose the 2019 captains and the highly anticipated draft will be televised as well as the game. The weekend of fun kicks off on Friday the 15th with the All-Star Celebrity Game, when stars from film, television, music, and sports will take the court at 7 pm. The Celebrity Game will be followed by a “Rising Stars” Game, when the NBA’s best rookies and sophomores will compete in a U.S. vs. World format. On Saturday, the NBA All-Star Game players will participate in the NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day. The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be on Sunday at 8 pm.

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