Seasonal releases (yes, including Cold Mountain) I love the time in the beer year when breweries start releasing robust and spicy brews that go really well with long dark snuggly nights and hearty roast meats and potatoes. (If you don’t believe me, have yourself an Imperial Stout with a pile of mashed ‘taters and gravy. […]
The Wicked Weed crew moved the rest of their new brewhouse into the brewery at 91 Biltmore Ave. The brewery should be up and running by the end of the year. (Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn)
If you hang around breweries and beer bars (which you probably do if you read this column), you’ve probably heard the term “beer clean,” usually in reference to glassware. I teach local beer servers and bartenders regularly about the importance of being “beer clean.” Here’s your lesson. Beer-lovers like their glassware. We don’t drink beer […]
Raise a pint in remembrance of Jay Stewart Jay Stewart did more than almost anyone to support Asheville’s craft beer pioneers, although it was mostly from behind the scenes. Stewart died on Sept. 17 after a long illness. A longtime Asheville real estate investor, Steward was a part owner of Highland Brewing Company and owned […]
Following the dog days of August, there always seems to be a surge of September energy. Kids go back to school, tomatoes burst on the vine and small businesses, including craft breweries, start gathering acorns for the winter. OK, they’re more likely to be gathering hops and malts and brewing loads of beer and cleaning […]
Brothers Billy and Jim Klingel will open The Oyster House, a stand-alone brewpub, at 625 Haywood Road in West Asheville (where Viva Deli was until last week).
I recently read the bestselling book in the world. Afterwards, I felt the need for a shower. My first reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey was, “I can’t believe such poorly-written drivel has garnered an international audience.” My second reaction was, “Oh my God, how do I keep my daughter from reading this kind of pornographic drivel?”
There are lots of special beer releases and fun festivals coming up in late August and September, as always. Some of my favorite beers are released this time of year – Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin beers, wet hopped ales and more. I’m salivating just thinking about the crisp carbonation and warm spices of fall. Oktoberfest beers […]
There are lots of special beer releases and fun festivals coming up in late August and September, as always. Some of my favorite beers are released this time of year — Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin beers, wet hopped ales and more. I’m salivating just thinking about the crisp carbonation and warm spices of fall. Oktoberfest beers […]
The Republican congressman, who is running for re-election in November against Democrat Patsy Keever, visited Asheville on August 23 and toured Highland Brewing Company, Green Man, and Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Avenue in support of the US Small Brew Act.
Asheville recently garnered more beer-related accolades (on top of our Beer City win and the major breweries opening facilities in the area). It’s almost a given that we’re a not-to-be-missed beer destination at this point. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn.
Asheville recently garnered even more beer-related accolades on top of the online Beer City-poll win and the big breweries opening facilities in the area. It's almost a given that we're a not-to-be-missed beer destination at this point. Not to put any pressure on you local brewers, but y’all get on it and keep putting out […]
Oskar Blues is (already on the move). Highland Brewing releases a line of small-batch specials. Asheville Brewing Company gets experimental and starts offering brewery tours. Pictured: Highland Brewing team. Photo by Max Cooper.
Oskar Blues warehouse shuffle Oskar Blues Brewery announced earlier this year that it would open a new brewery and taproom in little ol’ Brevard. Originally it was set for a warehouse on Railroad Avenue, but that’s changed. The new location will be 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, says Chad Melis, Oskar Blues’ marketing director. There will […]
So much local beer news. I think I need to drink one.
Western North Carolina is rich with water — rivers, lakes and creeks abound. Given the recent heat wave, that’s a lucky thing. While I know of some secret spots that I’m not sharing (sorry), here are some fun places for you and your kids to get wet, cool off, and enjoy the beauty of our region. [Note: The original story misstated some of the entry prices for Lake Powhatan and North Mills River. The correct prices are included in this post.]
Altamont to brew soon The Altamont Brewing Company boys deserve some kind of medal for persistence. Since they first formulated their business plan, their primary goal has been to brew craft beer. And, after a year and a half of running a rustic but popular bar in West Asheville, brewer Gordon Kear and business partner […]
In the past decade, the number of working teens has decreased by more than 40 percent. It’s damned difficult to find a job, even a part-time one, if you’re young and inexperienced and a hormonal mess.
Wicked Weed, indeed The name of the newest brewery to announce plans to open in Asheville will be Wicked Weed Brewing — but it’s not what you think. Supposedly, Henry VIII banned the use of hops, and referred to them as “a wicked and pernicious weed.” Brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and partner Ryan Guthy […]
Also: Tipping Point Brewing and a little night cap (recap)
The name of the new mystery brewery will be Wicked Weed Brewing. But it’s not what you think. Supposedly, Henry VIII banned the use of hops, and referred to them as “a wicked and pernicious weed.”