This is the first annual Red, White +Brew festival that Dirtbag Ales is hosting in partnership with Cape Fear Botanical Gardens to benefit Hire Heroes USA

Red, White +Brew [RW+B] is a festival created to congregate a patriotic assemblage of people by showcasing veteran owned breweries in the state of North Carolina. The main focus of the festival will include how brewers are using their newfound success to donate to an extremely important cause; by combatting the veteran unemployment rate. The proceeds of RW+B are benefiting the national nonprofit organization, Hire Heroes USA, which provides free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to hundreds of transitioning U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses, through their dedicated assistance by effectively translating military experience to civilian terminology.  RW+B will be an event through positive energy and collective passion. Featuring the hard work of service members who once dedicated their lives to protecting our country, and turned their achievements and lessons learned into a secondary, innovative career path through entrepreneurship.


Several years ago, while serving in the Army, Tito traded the promise of free beer for life in exchange for a friend's home brew kit. That was the moment when a foodie started the not-so-long path to becoming a brewer. Many nights of stove-top extract brews led to a home-made all grain brewing system and many more nights of garage brewing. There were always plenty of friends around until the wee hours to lend a hand and taste test the beer. Brew after successful brew led to everyone agreeing this was Tito's calling. The demand from friends and family quickly exceeded what any garage could possibly provide. Tito and Eric worked together in the ER at the local military hospital and Eric was kind enough to taste test Tito's concoctions. After Eric tasted the very first iteration of The Kolsch, he decided that Tito should take all of his money to make as much beer as possible. It was decided that contract brewing would be a smart way to start off, but this had never been done in North Carolina.

We have all come to the realization that we are Dirtbags; not that we are bad people, but that real innovators and pioneers don’t follow a rule book, and doing what’s right often requires not conforming to conventional wisdom.

Many years of hard work, help from friends, and planning has led to Dirtbag Ales. We are surrounded by great friends who support us every step of the way. The passion that was originally ignited in Tito has spread to those around him, and led to a line of beers that have been skillfully crafted and infused with true love for brewing.  


Founded in 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a natural beauty situated on an impressive 80 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville.

The Garden offers engaging cultural events to inspire and excite, educational activities to energize, and peaceful spots to refresh. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

Flourishing with beautiful specialty gardens and blooming ornamental plants, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s highlights include Camellia, Daylilly and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children’s Garden, and the Heritage Garden featuring 1886 agricultural structures and a homestead.

Host to any special occasion, our lovely and world class Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex is the perfect complement to our Garden and the venue for weddings, business and military functions, workshops and more.

Stroll along our scenic river trail with water views, take in a guided tour, relax on our patio overlooking the Cypress Pond, and take home the perfect gift from our destination Gift Shop.

We look forward to your visit!

Vision: The vision of Cape Fear Botanical Garden is to create and sustain a national caliber institution with gardens and programs of exceptional quality. We will be the premier destination in the region for people to connect with nature and to expand their horizons through educational and cultural programs.


The Black Daggers are the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting.


Hire Heroes USA provides free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to hundreds of transitioning U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses each week. As a national nonprofit, we are committed to transparency and accountability, resulting in a Charity Navigator 4-Star rating and a GuideStar Platinum level. Our programs are funded exclusively by private grants and public donations.

Hire Heroes USA maintains a singular focus on employment. Quite literally, veteran and military spouse employment is all we do, and we’ve been doing it with best-in-class results for more than a decade.

Since 2007, we’ve helped more than 15,500 veterans and military spouses move into new careers and generated an estimated $187 million economic impact.

Mission: Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

Vision: Be the Nation’s preferred veteran employment service organization through a relentless focus on personalized career coaching that improves clients’ quality of life and strengthens the U.S. economy.



Bridget Sheffler graduated from George Mason in 2008 with a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. After graduation, she worked as a graphic production assistant for Cortina Productions contributing to projects such as The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Jimmy Carter Center. In 2011, she enlisted in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst. Her first duty station was in Wiesbaden, Germany where she took advantage of traveling Europe, and has visited over 25 countries throughout her military career. After finishing a 12 month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, she met her husband at her next duty station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. When they found out they were moving to North Carolina, Bridget found the Elon iMedia Program, where she knew she could regain her skills in interactives and weld her experiences with culture and design into a well rounded digital story teller. She wrote a proposal for a Veteran Owned Beer Festival, and started sending it out, knowing that she wanted to pursue designing for events. It just so happened that Dirtbag Ales out of Fayetteville had the same idea, with the same mission; to help transition veterans find employment, and was already partnering with Hire Heroes. With the same mission, Bridget got to work designing for festival. 100% of the proceeds from any artwork generated from the 2017 festival will benefit Hire Heroes, always.


1) When & where is Red, White, & Brew Fest?
When: November 11th 2017
Where: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
536 N. Eastern Blvd. Fayetteville, NC 28301

2) Where do I park?
The Garden has approximately 200 parking spaces next to the main complex that is available throughout the event. Patrons can park AT THEIR OWN RISK on the service road that leads to the Garden. The Garden will have overflow parking located down the street at Fayetteville Community Church- 2010 Middle River Loop, Fayetteville, NC 28312. There will be a shuttle available from the church to the main complex at Cape Fear Botanical Garden every 20 minutes once the main lot is filled.

3) I have a concealed weapons permit. Can I bring my weapon to the event?
Weapons are not permitted at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, there will be Cumberland County Sheriff on duty for safety concerns.

4) Can I still attend if I’m not 21?
Yes, the Garden will still be open to the general public but you will not be allowed into the beer tent.

5) Can I bring my pet?
Cape Fear Botanical Garden does not allow pets in the Garden.

6) As an attendee, what is the focus of the event, what can I expect?
The focus of Red, White, and Brew is our veterans. We wanted to celebrate our veterans in a safe place and give back to the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to Hire Heroes USA & Cape Fear Botanical Garden

7) Where is the list of breweries?
There is an interactive map of the breweries, as well as a line up. Every brewery is Veteran Owned. 

8) I would like to help out, how could I volunteer?
We would love to have you help out with this event! Please contact Taryn to volunteer with us. Thank you!

9) Will you have any special beers that I can’t buy at my local store?
Absolutely! That’s one of our main goals, and we promise to have lots of special beers at our festival that you can’t find on any store shelves.

10) Do you offer designated Driver tickets?
Yes, you can purchase a DD ticket! Please see ticket prices for details.

11) Can I bring my child?
Yes! We will have family friendly activities in the Amphitheater of the Garden. Bounce houses, climbing walls and more!

12) Will there be food or non-alcoholic drinks available?
There will be plenty of food trucks available in our “food and music pavilion” outdoors, with a wide variety of food options available for purchase. Free water will be available throughout the festival hall. Some vendors may choose to provide food or non-alcoholic beverage samples, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from our food truck vendors. Some trucks may take cash only. We recommend bringing cash or using one of our on site ATMs.



13) Who benefits from the event?
Hire Heroes USA and Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

14) What items are not allowed?
●      Outside alcoholic beverages
●      Weapons (knives, pepper spray, any concealed weapons or firearms, etc.)
●      Illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks
●      Unapproved marketing material of any kind (pamphlets, handouts, advertisements)
●      Other items as determined by facility security

15) Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?
Yes. The name on the ticket does not have to match your ID. Simply email the purchased ticket to your friend, and they can enter our festival, no problem. Once your ticket has been scanned at entry, however, it cannot be rescanned.

16) Are there public transportation options?
We are in the process of making arrangements so that you may enjoy the festival safely.

17) What are the advantages of purchasing a VIP ticket?
VIP patrons gain access to the festival 1 hour prior to general admission attendees. VIP attendees will have wristbands, a dedicated entrance at least 2 hours into the event, and in-and-out privileges. We pre-scan all VIP tickets so that you can take advantage of as much of the extra 1 hour as possible to sample all the special beers we will have to offer.

VIPs receive both a glass AND t-shirt. Please note: we are unable to replace dropped/broken glasses so please be careful with your glasses and cups.

18) Smoking policy
The Garden is a non-smoking facility, designated smoking areas will be clearly marked.

19) Intoxicated Patrons
All festival attendees are expected to drink responsibly. Any guest who is believed to be intoxicated when entering the festival will be denied entry, and a refund for your admission will not be provided. We’ll have plenty to go around, so please don’t pre-party!

Any attendee who is found intoxicated or causing general disturbance will be asked to leave the facility without a refund.

20) Photo & Marketing Policy
We encourage you to take still photographs at the event! In fact, we hope after the event that you’ll post some photos to our Facebook Page and tag us. Please tag @capefearbg on Instagram, and use the hashtag #capefearbg. Video recording equipment (not including smartphones) will require media credentials and requires pre-approval by Cape Fear Botanical Staff.