Your favorite breweries from around the Triangle are paired with one of our corporate teams to make a custom beer for Hops for Hope. Our 2019 event was on Saturday, September 14, at North Hills Midtown Park. More than 1,500 guests joined us to taste all of the one-of-a-kind brews and vote for their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Teams also competed for the Critics’ Choice award, which is judged by local certified professionals, Most Creative Beer Concept, along with fundraising awards. Breweries present their beer in two half-barrel kegs. Interested breweries should download the Brewery Information Sheet and submit the online Brewery Commitment Form. Please contact Lori Smith at or 984.465.0483 for more information.

2020 Brewery Partners


Critics’ Choice Award:

First Place= Neuse River & Beer Pressure “Mai Tai PA”

Second Place= Bond Brothers & CAPTRUST “Tiki Trashcan” Berliner Weisse

Third Place= Compass Rose & UNC/Rex “Oh My Darlin” IPA

Most Creative Beer Concept:

Vesper Farmhouse Ale by Netsertive & Vecino Brewing

Best Beer Name:

“Madame Beauregarde” by Dude Solutions & Trophy Brewing

Best Team Name:

“Virtual Hops & Desktops” – Citrix

Top Fundraising Team:

First Place: Four Forces (UNC/Rex Hospitals) 

Second Place= Vecino Royale (Netsertive) 

Third Place= Dude Solutions 

Top Individual Fundraiser:

First Place= Gregory Pleasants (UNC/Rex) $5,814.40

Second Place= Jason Beyer (Chiesi) $3,433.20

Third Place= Dillon Hughes (Citrix) $2,727.68

Best Booth Display:

Clark Nexsen/Kimley-Horn & Raleigh Brewing (Stranger Things theme)

People’s Choice Award:

 First Place= Compass Rose & UNC/Rex “Oh My Darlin” IPA

Second Place= Raleigh Brewing & Clark Nexsen/Kimley-Horn “Hell Yes, It’s Strange” Belgian

Third Place= Fainting Goat & Cisco “De Bokkenrijder” Belgian Quad

Team Spirit Award:


Most Tickets Sold by Team:

UNC/Rex Hospitals

Freshman Favorite/Best New Team:

Adwerx & Cisco


Critics’ Choice Beer

1st Place: Little City Brewing and Little & Bonitz

2nd Place: Vicious Fishes & Piranha Club

3rd Place: The Glass Jug Beer Lab & Chiesi

Brewers’ Choice Beer

  1st Place: Crank Arm & Citrix   

        2nd Place: Neuse River & UNC/Rex     

 3rd Place: Lonerider & INE, Inc. 

Top Fundraising Team

First Place: Dude Solutions & Trophy

Second Place: UNC/Rex & Neuse River

Third Place: Clark Nexsen & Kimley-Horn and Oak City Brewing Co.

People’s Choice Beer

1st Place: Neuse River Brewing Co. & UNC/Rex

2nd Place: Gizmo Brew Works & Personify Search

3rd Place: Barrel Culture & Samange