Rick Benfield returned as Festival Director in 2015. We returned to NC Music Factory and the weather definitely left something to be desired! We had hurricane-esque conditions that kept some home, but those who came out showed up in true Oktoberfest style with Leiderhosen and swimmies galore! Lagunitas Brewing was our returning title sponsor. We had 95 breweries in attendance, despite a few cancellations for weather travel issues, and we asked all brewers to bring something special for Premium - which was a huge hit. We continued the popular "Cider Row", and added in a few non-alcoholic options (infused water, craft sodas) to round out our drink choices. We had Food Trucks again, and had quite a few sponsors with food/drink samples to share. Despite our first-in-a-long-while non-sellout crowd, we were still able to donate $50,000, equally split to: Ada Jenkins Center, Beds For Kids, Greater Charlotte SPCA and Operation Homefront-Carolinas. We also gave a smaller donation to the Charlotte Beer Girls' charities. A special thanks to all of our patrons, sponsors, brewers, vendors, Food Trucks, volunteers and charities who braved the weather to help us accomplish yet another stellar-but-wet Charlotte Oktoberfest!