After driving up to New Bern, we walked the short half-mile walk across the bridge to the convention center where the Brew Fest was being held. Here is the neat view from the bridge.
When we got there, there was a line forming outside for people awaiting the building's 5:00 opening. Some people had made pretzel necklaces to snack on in between beer tastings, which I thought was a pretty cool idea. If we ever go again, I will definitely be making one of those to bring along!
The beer festival contributed a portion of their proceeds toward building a Museum of the Marine in Jacksonville, which I thought was pretty interesting!
We talked to the guys that help run the Museum of the Marine fundraising, and it sounds like it will be a pretty neat museum to learn more about the history, traditions, and future of the USMC. Dustin liked that you can buy brick stones with your name that would then be put in the path to the museum. They are $150 each, but it would be kind of neat to leave a mark after being stationed at Lejeune for his first duty station. Here is Dustin posing with some of the old Marine uniforms.
The beer fest kind of reminded me of a bridal show, probably because both are held in big convention centers with lots of crowded booths. We each received souvenir glasses and were off to try our 2 oz. samples of 100+ craft beers.
This morning we woke up, had some quick continental breakfast at the hotel (where I discovered some super-delicious cherry amaretto creamer), and headed back to Jacksonville. Dustin has three final exams and an 8-page paper to finish today since it is the last day of the semester, so I foresee that I will spend the rest of the day catching up on laundry and working on some stuff for school!