Several members of Carolina BrewMasters wanted to see the Festival continue, but lack of funds made continuing the effort a daunting financial and organizational challenge for the small homebrewing club. Jason Randall felt passionately that Charlotte needed to have an annual beer Festival and agreed to lead the effort in 2001. Meca Properties and By Design assisted the effort with sponsor money and Meca Properties secured a spot for the Festival adjacent to the former Southend Brewery. Tom Lockhart helped secure umbrella tents and other items. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 had happened only a month prior to the Festival but despite this, 1400 beer fans attended. A small profit was made, allowing the club to continue the event in 2002 and a donation of $1000 was made to the Charlotte Trolley.