Rick Benfield, a 9 year member of the Carolina BrewMasters, took over as Festival Director in 2014 for our "Sweet 16th" party! We returned to NC Music Factory and the weather was perfect! Uphonic and Stella Rising (both prior attendees) rocked the main stage with awesome music. Lagunitas Brewing was our title sponsor. For the very first time, we recognized breweries for their long time attendance at Charlotte Oktoberfest. These included Catawba Brewing, Highland Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Thomas Creek Brewing, Duck Rabbit Brewing, and Boston Beer Company. We had 95 breweries in attendance, giving us our best beer selection to date. This year we introduced "Cider Row" with 8 Cideries in attendance, which was a big hit. We had Food Trucks this year, and this was also a big hit with the patrons. A total of $81,000 was given to Classroom Central, Camp Care, and Kids Rein and also to one of the Charlotte Beer Girls selected charities.