Whales for Wishes

A bottle share benefitting Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC

We did it! We raised just over $15,000 for Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC! Thank you for your support!

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TheBeerExchange.io is once again partnering with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for our third annual "Whales for Wishes" Bottle Share! Just like last year, 100% of the proceeds raised will go to granting the wishes of children in our community through Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC.

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Purchase Entries for Box #1

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Purchase Entries for Box #2

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Purchase Entries for Box #3

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Event Attendees Only

Only those attending Whales for Wishes will be able to enter to win the beers in Box #4. Oh, and there may be some surprise beers that show up, too.

About The Event

Don't know what a bottle share is? Check out our guide!

This is our third year doing the Whales for Wishes bottle share. The highlight of the day will be the hundreds of bottles of rare and hard to find beers that will be opened and shared with the attendees throughout the afternoon. Additionally, we'll be raffling off various baskets and doing a live rare beer auction.

  • You'll receive 5 raffle tickets with your $20 event ticket as soon as you enter.
  • You can purchase as many additional raffle tickets as you wish. They are $5 each or 5 for $20.
  • There will be at least 4 baskets of rare beer for you to enter to win, and one basket is available only to those attending the event.
  • We'll have various other non-beer gift baskets for you to enter (wine, food, etc.).
  • Winners will be drawn and announced at the event throughout the afternoon.
  • The live auction will take place at the end of the event, and is only open to those attending.

Our Generous Sponsors

The Beer Exchange

BEX is an online craft beer marketplace. Trade for rare or hard to find beers with other beer enthusiasts or purchase beer directly from a number of craft beer stores all over the country and have it shipped to your door.

Craft Freedom

Craft Freedom is an initiative to change a North Carolina law that restricts the independent growth of breweries by placing an arbitrary cap on the amount of beer they can self-distribute.

D9 Brewing Company

D9 Brewing Company, in Lake Norman, NC, was started in 2014 by two engineers and a doctor, with a mission to inspire and support community through the creation of exciting and original crafted ales.

Cardinal Solutions

At Cardinal, we leverage our extensive experience to imagine, develop, manage and deliver technology solutions that advance your business. Your work can be better, smarter, and easier.

Betsy Pence - KW Realty

Betsy is a proud Penn State Alumna with a BS in Finance. She's deeply involved with MAW and was the catalyst for W4W in 2015. Call her if you're looking to buy or sell a house!


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LaunchLKN is a collaborative community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and community leaders dedicated to sharing knowledge and motivating growth.

Trione Vinyards

Designed specifically for crafting small lots of wine from our estate grapes grown in the Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bottle share?

A bottle share is a gathering of individuals where each person brings beer to open and share with other attendees. If this is your first time attending, we recommend you read our bottle share etiquette guide

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here. A ticket gets you entry to the event, along with 5 raffle tickets to place into baskets of your choice. Baskets range from rare beer, to local restaurant gift cards, and more. 

What if I don't like beer?

That's no problem! Olde Mecklenburg has a variety of non-alcoholic and wine options on tap. However it's rare that even those who don't drink beer don't find something they enjoy at the share. 

Will food be provided?

Food will not be provided, however, Olde Mecklenburg does have a full kitchen that will be operating. You will need to place and pick up your order at the bar. There will be no wait staff working the bottle share.

Where does the money go?

All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish® Central and Western NC, which helps grant wishes to children in our community. If you want to learn more about the organization, you can visit their website here

Can I get a receipt for tax purposes? 

Yes! If you make a donation and would like a receipt for tax purposes, please contact us

Last Year's Event

Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about donating or the event itself, contact Mark Iafrate.

Mark (Event Organizer)
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (Venue)

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