The massive 35,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville is getting a major overhaul, with a new taproom, restaurant, beer production facility, condos and stores likely to open by the end of the year, reports LAB co-owner Mike Healy. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned Enviro-spouse in a while. That’s not because he’s no longer part of my life — in fact, he’s still a huge part of my life. Although we now live in separate houses.
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Ride the Bar Hopper For the cost of a pint of beer, you can catch a shuttle ride from bar to bar throughout downtown and West Asheville (and it’s a helluva lot less expensive than a DUI). The Asheville Bar Hopper shuttle started ferrying beer lovers around town on Feb. 2. The bus runs Thursdays […]
Here’s Green Man Brewery’s head brewer John Stuart in Xpress’ ongoing “know your local brewers” interview series.
Here’s Green Man Brewery’s head brewer John Stuart in Xpress’ ongoing “know your local brewers” interview series. Green Man Brewery was established in 1997 as the in-house brewery for Jack of the Wood pub. Former owners Joe Eckert and Joan Cliney-Eckert moved the brewing operations to a small warehouse on Buxton Avenue in 2005, adding […]
Some parents (me) like to joke about using alcohol to get through “hell” hour — that time before dinner when both kids and adults (me) often are hungry and cranky. I also often referred to “mommy’s little equilibrium enhancer — aka beer.” I write a regular column for Xpress about beer. So, there’s no doubt […]
Some parents (me) like to joke about using alcohol to get through “hell” hour — that time before dinner when both kids and adults (me) often are hungry and cranky. I also often referred to “mommy’s little equilibrium enhancer — aka beer.”
Back in July, the Drinking Made Easy team came to Asheville. Their Asheville goal? Visit nine breweries in one day then identify the local beers they’d tasted in a blind taste test. Host Zane Lamprey and his sidekick Steve McKenna successfully visited nine breweries.
I’ve heard of lots of ways to get young kids to eat healthier — from pureeing vegetables and adding them to pizza sauce, to using cookie cutters to make food into fun shapes. But the Rainbow in my Tummy program is one of the best models I’ve come into contact with for promoting healthy eating in toddlers.
It’s time again to look back on some of the memorable moms of the past year.
For weeks, rumors have circulated that high-profile craft brewers Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are considering setting up shop in Western North Carolina to better serve East Coast markets. On Dec. 14, members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance met with Sierra Nevada CEO Ken Grossman and General Manager Brian Grossman at Highland Brewing Co. (Sierra […]
I’m feeling a mite bit grumpy this holiday season. I haven’t had time to shop or bake cookies or plan any holiday events. That’s part of my problem. But there are other holiday irritants (in addition to the Fraser fir next to my desk that I may be allergic to). I’m hoping that if I identify the stuff that’s turning me into a parenting Grinch, we can all commiserate together, purge the poison and find some pleasure in the holidays.
After a Dec. 14 meeting with the CEO of the California-based brewer Sierra Nevada, Asheville brewer Ken Schaller confirms that the company is looking at a 50-acre site on the French Broad River and that local brewers feel a bit more comfortable with the prospect. (photo by Max Cooper)
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Dec. 12, to consider granting economic development incentives for a company that wants to open a facility in the county. Will the move pave the way for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to build a massive new facility in the area? (For meeting updates, follow @JakeFrankel via the hashtag #avlbeer.)
In an effort to get organized for the holidays, I’ve come up with some local gift ideas for kids.
Asheville has been a great place to raise my kids (who are only partially raised at this point). Other folks seem to feel the same — and in fact, one mom decided not just to move here to raise her babes, but to start a kid-centric Asheville business. The Tree House, whose tag line is […]
Brewer interview: Bill Drew of Craggie Brewing Company Ever wondered who exactly is behind those local brews you’re sipping? We have. So we decided it would be fun to run a series of interviews with the brew masters behind Western North Carolina's beers. First up is Bill Drew, owner and brew master at Craggie Brewing […]
Every now and again, I ask my kids what they think I should write about. Recently, my 10-year-old replied, “You should write about how parents should spend more time with their kids.” Uh-oh, I thought.
As part of this week’s cover package on the local beer business, we prepared an extensive timeline of the high points in its evolution, from when the Smoky Mountain Brewery first opened its doors in 1993 in Waynesville to Asheville Brewing Company’s current plans to start offering the area’s first canned brews.
1993: Smoky Mountain Brewery opens in Waynesville. It closes four years later. 1994: Oscar Wong and John McDermott start Highland Brewing Co. in the basement of Barley's Taproom in downtown Asheville. 1997: The Blue Rooster, Asheville's first brewpub, opens next to Barley's featuring Highland beers exclusively. It closes a year later. Laughing Seed Café co-owner […]