Labor Day Festival Weekend: Septemer 1 - 4

Come hear live music for 4 days in a row - 2 days at BearWaters, 2 days right across the river!

Friday, Sept. 1 - LIVE @ 7pm

Live Music by Dave Desmelick

Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them. There is no sugar coating involved. His songs are not wrapped in false smiles, rather they are stark and open and tend to settle on the pulse of everyday life. An unclosed and evolving journal of thoughts set to music and melodies in prose and instrumental performance. Desmelik was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, but has traveled and lived in a multitude of landscapes. He currently resides in Brevard, NC. He was an original member of Onus B. Johnson, a successful band based in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This band was on the front wave of jamgrass while maintaining the passion for songwriting. Today, Desmelik continues to pursue an ascending path as a solo artist.

Saturday, Sept. 2 - LIVE @ 7pm

Tim Doyle and Drayton Aldridge

Western NC musicians Tim Doyle and Drayton Aldridge come together this weekend to provide a sonic experience perfect for riverside relaxing and tasty brews provided by Canton’s own local brewery.

Tim Doyle is a 27-year veteran of the guitar and holds degrees in guitar performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Indiana State University. Doyle is also an active composer and recording artist whose style fuses flamenco techniques with jazz harmony and classical forms. Hehas worked with Latin ensemble Mosaic, art collective Mongoose, Doyle's own ensemble Polydactyl Hemingway, midwest based, funk/R&B groups The Leonard Washingtons, Lunes Domingo, and was a member of The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, under the direction of Robert Fripp, and now locally Drayton & The Dreamboats, Faded Jade, Rational Discourse, and The Strange Signals.

Drayton Aldridge is a violinist, singer, bandleader, and songwriter based in western North Carolina.  He is the leader and frontman of Drayton & The Dreamboats, and has played with many North Carolina bands, including The Resonant Rogues, Sirius.B, and The Major Sevens.  A lover of musical traditions from all over the world, Drayton is a versatile musician and engaging stage performer who pushes his projects to work hard, take chances, and put on uniquely entertaining shows.


Sunday & Monday, Sept. 3 & 4








Find Your Pint Fundraiser: September 18 - 24

Grab your passport at the brewery NOW and support a great cause!

Download a digital copy of the passport HERE

$1 from every pint of Sliding Rock will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Our education event date is Friday, September 22.

Clary Powell Pickering, Outreach Coordinator for Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, will be coming from 6:30-8:30 pm on that day with stickers for your guests to put in their passport marking that they came to our brewery. He will also be sharing information about the Foundation and how your support is benefiting the Parkway.



BearWaters Oktoberfest: October 6 - 8

Details to be posted soon.