Hot Days, Cold Beers: July Highlights at Blackbird Brewery

Happy couple with drinksAs July heats up, Blackbird Brewery is thrilled to present a series of sensational events that promise to entertain and inspire. From a huge lineup of new beer, to artistic, community-driven events, and of course, evenings brimming with music and laughter, there’s something for everyone to savor! Join us in savoring the summer season with a whirlwind of excitement and celebration at Blackbird Brewery this July. The days are hot, but the beer is cold—perfect for making the most of summer!

Beer Updates

As summer hits its peak, Blackbird Brewery unveils an exciting array of fresh brews. Read on to explore everything we have on tap!

New Releases
  • They Kilt It – Scottish-style Amber Ale:  Showcasing five crystal malts from England and Belgium, this ale offers caramel and dark fruit flavors with a touch of toasted malt. Cold fermentation highlights the malt sweetness. 6.7% ABV
  • Pre-Pro – Pre-Prohibition Lager: Celebrate American independence with this crisp lager made from local ingredients. Cumberland corn and Avalon barley from Riverbend Malt House and New York Perle hops come together in this refreshing brew. 4.9% ABV
  • Fanum Tax – English Porter: This low-gravity English Porter offers a soft, roasty flavor, perfect for enjoying all night without feeling weighed down. 4.4% ABV
  • Pay The Man – Hazy IPA: The third in our series of slightly drier hazy IPAs featuring Vermont yeast, we brewed Pay the Man Hazy IPA with 100% Simcoe hops and tweaked the body and haze level. 6.8% ABV
  •  There Is No Spoon – Hazy IPA:Dedicated to those who see beyond the ordinary, we brewed this hazy IPA with Neomexicanus Talus and HBC 586 hops for peachy coconut vibes. 8.0% ABV
  • Walkabout Creek – West Coast Aussie Pale Ale: Bringing Australia to Wake Forest, this Pale Ale is mashed with Daybreak yeast and hopped with Australian-grown Vic Secret and Strata for dank, piney flavors. 5.6% ABV
  •  Kanpai – Rice Lager: Inspired by Japanese brewing traditions, this light and delicate lager features sushi rice and floral Lorien hops, with over 40% of its content from rice. 5.2% ABV
Coming Soon
  • Get Pitted – West Coast IPA: Perfect for summer, this West Coast IPA features Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka hops, delivering a pungent, classic hop character on a dry, crisp malt base. 6.8% ABV

Like all seasonal delights, our beer selection can vary. We recommend checking our Beer page for the most up-to-date options. Planning a visit? Be sure to review our real-time inventory for the latest updates before heading over.

Special Events

Get ready for an exhilarating July at Blackbird Brewery, where we’re bringing you an array of events to elevate your summer experience. Join us for a front-row view of the Town of Wake Forest Fireworks Show on July 3rd, accompanied by live music and delicious seafood from Fishin’ Shrimp. Celebrate the 4th of July with us with live music by Jordan Alikraish and a refreshing selection of beverages. Throughout July, participate in our Christmas in July giveaways and test your skills at our new Crokinole League starting July 10th. Don’t miss the Farmers Market hosted by The Family Bee’s-ness LLC on July 13th, showcasing local produce and artisanal products alongside your favorite brews. Cap off the month with a sophisticated Summer of Riesling wine tasting at Bird’s Nest at Blackbird on July 31st, guided by Matt Matthews from Proof Wine & Spirits. Whether you’re seeking fireworks, community gatherings, gaming fun, or wine appreciation, Blackbird Brewery invites you to savor every moment of July with us.

July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza 12-10PM

Blackbird Brewery FireworksJoin us at Blackbird Brewery on July 3rd for a spectacular view of the Town of Wake Forest Fireworks Show! Enjoy delicious seafood from Fishin’ Shrimp, a variety of beverages from our bar, and live music all day long. Dogs are welcome on the patio, and you can bring your own food or support nearby restaurants. Get ready for a night of celebration, community, and incredible fireworks!

We’re open on the 4th of July! Thursday, July 4th, we’ll be open 1:00-10:00PM with live music from Jordan Alikraish 3-6PM and a plethora of cold beverages for you to enjoy!

Christmas in July

Harmony elf holding beerEvery Wednesday in July, a winner will be selected to receive a $25 gift card! Everyone who makes a purchase at Blackbird Brewery or Bird’s Nest at Blackbird during the previous week will be entered to win. Stop by tonight to ensure you’re entered for this week’s drawing! Please note that all gift cards can be used at Blackbird Brewery or Bird’s Nest at Blackbird.

Crokinole Comes to Blackbird Brewery July 10th 6-8PM

CrokinoleGet ready to test your skills and have a blast with friends! Introducing the Crokinole League at Blackbird Brewery! Crokinole is an exhilarating tabletop game that blends elements of shuffleboard and curling, requiring precision and strategy. All skill levels are welcome, boards are provided, and the group meets monthly from 6-8PM.

Farmers Market Hosted by The Family Bee’s-ness LLC July 13th 4:30-7:30PM

The Family Bees-ness LLCSupport local farmers and artisans while enjoying a cold beverage!  The Family Bee’s-ness LLC, our hosts, will have grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, raw honey, Elderberry syrup, soap and many other foods and products! Check out other amazing offerings from them plus a variety of other local vendors.

Summer of Riesling Wine Tasting at Bird’s Nest at Blackbird July 31st 6-8PM

White Wine at Bird's Nest at Blackbird

Join us for an exquisite evening at the cocktail bar next-door, Bird’s Nest at Blackbird, as we celebrate the Summer of Riesling with a special wine tasting event.

Matt Matthews from Proof Wine & Spirits will expertly guide you through a delightful sampling of 4-5 handpicked Rieslings. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or new to the delights of wine, the captivating world of German wines promises to please your palate and deepen your understanding of these fine wines.

Please note this is a ticketed event. Please stay tuned to the event post and we will update it as soon as we receive the link.


Live Music Lineup
  • Wednesday, July 3rd: 12-8PM – Adam Lee Decker Band (12-3), Dee Jay Jamie (3-5), and Jeremy Burns (5-8)
  • Saturday, July 6th: 6-9PM – Tigerlilly Acoustic
  • Sunday, July 7th: 3-6PM – Jazz Sunday with SaxLoveMoney
  • Thursday, July 11th: 6-9PM – JT Parrothead
  • Friday, July 12th: 7-9PM – Rishi
  • Sunday, July 14th: 3-6PM  – Open Mic Hosted by Adam Lee Decker
  • Thursday, July 18th: 6-9PM – Cole Spade
  • Friday, July 19th: -7-10PM – K-Bomb & the Kool Whips
  • Thursday, July 25th: 6-9PM – Just Us
  • Friday, July 26th: 6-9PM – Vinyl Night with DJ Al-Ski Love
  • Saturday, July 27th: 7-10PM – Eduardo and The Paco Band