Untappd, the world's largest beer app with over seven million users globally, and Bank of America Stadium have partnered to host the inaugural Untappd Beer Festival May 4, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C.
Beer enthusiasts and brewers from around the world will assemble on the field at the stadium to celebrate beer and breweries from across the United States. Over 100 brewers will pour samples of between two and four beers at booths stationed on the field at Bank of America Stadium. The event will highlight dozens of Charlotte-area and North Carolina and South Carolina breweries, as well as a strong contingent of brewers from around the country.
"We are delighted to be working with Untappd to bring this great new festival to Uptown Charlotte. The beer and brewery scene continues to be a beacon for the growth of our region, and we can't wait to welcome many local and national brewers to our stadium," said Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick.
"Bank of America Stadium is very much open for business. Attracting the best national sports and entertainment events to Charlotte and contributing to the rich quality of life in our city and region is a priority and of great importance to our organization."
"We sought out a world-class facility and supportive partner to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our first Untappd Beer Festival. We were fortunate to find both in the venue and team at Bank of America Stadium," said Untappd President and Chief Operating Officer Trace Smith.
"While this event represents the first of a series of festivals throughout North America and Europe, we are a North Carolina-based company with offices in Wilmington, Charlotte, and Durham and wanted a 'home' for a recurring annual event in the Carolinas. We believe we've found an ideal host in Bank of America Stadium. We look forward to working together annually to build a memorable event that puts our city, as well as brewers in Charlotte and throughout the Carolinas, on a global stage to our audience of over seven million users."
Untappd has partnered with the Steve Smith Family Foundation as its charity partner for the festival. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation.
"We're thrilled to partner with Untappd to be the nonprofit beneficiary of the festival at Bank of America Stadium," said Gerard Littlejohn, Executive Director of the Steve Smith Family Foundation. He added, "The proceeds will assist in funding our Smith Family Wellness Center which provides medical and counseling care to Charlotte area uninsured and underinsured families in need."
The Steve Smith Family Foundation, established in 2013 by five-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro Carolina Panther wide receiver Steve Smith, seeks to strengthen the Charlotte community by raising awareness of family health and wellness and domestic violence prevention.