Brews and Bears: 2019 Summer Series Schedule - NC Blue Ridge

The WNC Nature Center has announced their schedule for the 2019 Brews and Bears season. On the second Friday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., there will be food, drink, music, and yard games, and guests will get to watch an enrichment activity for the Nature Center’s resident black bears, Uno and Ursa.

The American black bear, Ursus americanus, is the only bear species native to North Carolina. At the WNC Nature Center, Uno and Ursa continue to be ambassadors for the American black bears in this area. They were removed from the wild for unknown reasons and lack survival skills. Therefore, they cannot be released into the wild. They prefer to den separately in the summer but enjoy sharing a den for winter torpor. On hot summer days, Uno and Ursa splash in their habitat’s pool and enjoy enrichment such as frozen fish, fruit, and ice popsicles.

“Brews and Bears is the perfect happy hour fundraiser that lets guests explore the Nature Center after hours while supporting the wildlife they love,” said Kate Frost, Director of Development at Friends of the WNC Nature Center. “You can also take your pint with you and visit the newest addition to the WNC Nature Center – our red pandas, Leafa and Phoenix.”

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 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.

Beer, cider or wine, and food will be available for purchase at each event. Here is the 2019 summer schedule.

Bears and brews at the WNC Nature Center in the NC Blue RidgeMay 10, 2019

Beer: Highland Brewing

Cider: Black Mountain Cider + Mead

Food Truck: Brinehaus Meat+Provision Food Truck

Others: Blunt Pretzels, The Hop Ice Cream

June 14, 2019

Beer: New Belgium Brewing

Cider: Black Mountain Cider + Mead

Food Truck: Cecilia’s Kitchen

Others: Blunt Pretzels; Sun’s Out, Buns Out Hot Dogs; The Hop Ice Cream

July 12, 2019

Beer: UpCountry Brewing

Mead/Wine: Black Mountain Cider + Mead, Plēb Urban Winery

Food Truck: Gypsy Queen Cuisine

Others: Blunt Pretzels; Sun’s Out, Buns Out Hot Dogs; The Hop Ice Cream

August 9, 2019

Beer: Oskar Blues Brewing

Cider: Black Mountain Cider + Mead

Food Truck: Appalachian Chic

Others: Blunt Pretzels; Sun’s Out, Buns Out Hot Dogs; The Hop Ice Cream