As a kid, the public library was a magical place. It had endless shelves of colorful adventures, and it was a place to go for story time. As an adult, some of us still use the library for more than voting. They have those old-fashioned paper books and audiobooks, after all. However, not many of […]
The Wicked Weed Funkatorium opened on Friday, Oct. 10, and there’s no arguing that it’s the big news of the week for the South Slope. However, a few other South Slope breweries are busy expanding as we head into fall: Burial Beer (40 Collier Ave) has moved its new 10-barrel system into place and will […]
Pumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin Oreos, heck, even pumpkin croutons: If you can eat or drink it, someone is trying to make it with pumpkin. When it comes to beer, pumpkin ale tends to elicit a love-it-or-hate-it response. Some order a seasonal beer for the only time all year while others scoff at the style. Wherever you […]
My wife and I visited Portland, Ore., earlier this year. While we could only hit a small fraction of the city’s 50-plus breweries, we made sure to stop at Cascade Brewing, a legendary producer of sour beers, and Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. At Cascade, we found no fewer than a dozen sour beers […]
Asheville will get its first taste of alcoholic kombucha on Wednesday, Oct 1, when Lenny Boy Brewing Co. brings a variety of beverages up the mountain from Charlotte. The company’s nonalcoholic kombucha is already available at Whole Foods, Greenlife, Earth Fare and the French Broad Food Co-op. However, this will be the first time the […]
“I want people to come in and feel like they’re at a beer festival every day of the week,” says Nate Tomforde, owner of the new Pour Taproom in West Asheville. “We’ll have 46 taps of craft beer and eight wines, and all of them will run on the pay-by-the-ounce model. … You can come […]
Pour Taproom, the pay-by-the-ounce beer bar announced earlier this year, held their soft opening on Friday, Sept. 19, at 800 Haywood Road in West Asheville. After opening a tab and receiving a digital bracelet, you can check-in at any of the taps and pour as much–or as little–beer as you wish. Prices vary by beer, […]
Burial Beer Co. has only hosted a couple of large events at their tiny taproom, but so far they have all been big draws. Jess Reiser, part-owner of Burial, just sent out word that Burial will introduce a new annual festival called Burn Pile at the taproom 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The fest will […]
Wicked Weed debuted its Funkatorium sour beer facility as a work-in-progress during Asheville Beer Week in May with a large sour beer tasting event held among the hundreds of barrels already in place. Then, in August, Wicked Weed stole its own show by announcing an expansion that included not just the Funkatorium, but also a production […]
Next summer, Asheville will host a small but influential group of bloggers for the first time: The Beer Bloggers Conference will descend upon the city July 17-19.
Some people have taken to calling the South Slope area of downtown the Brewery District. With the newest business set to join its neighbors on Banks and Buxton, it may have to be dubbed the Beer District instead. Tasty Beverage Co., a Raleigh-based beer store, announced that it will open an Asheville location later this […]
Last month the Thirsty Monk team announced they were closing their Gerber Village location for a new venture that would be unveiled in September. They said the new business will be an original concept unlike anything currently operating in the United States. The new project, called Open Brewing, may well deliver on that promise. Owner […]
A stop-motion movie featuring a banana, a taste of Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and donating money to Asheville on Bikes: It’s all part of New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour, which returns to Asheville on Friday, Sept. 5. “The short films this year are really good,” says Jesse Claeys, one of the festival’s producers. “We’ve […]
Fresh on the heels of creating the first beer for LaZoom’s Sister Bad Habit, Asheville Brewing Co. is at it again. This time, they’ve collaborated for a more serious cause: the United Way. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Millroom, Asheville Brewing will tap the first keg of United Way Pale Ale at 5 p.m. […]
Burial and Counter Culture are at it again. This Thursday, Aug. 28, the two will host a collaborative coffee and beer tasting 4-7 p.m. at Burial’s taproom, 40 Collier Ave.
Thirsty Monk in Gerber Village shut down last week and will not reopen as a Thirsty Monk. According to Thirsty Monk owner Barry Bialik and Vice President Chall Gray, the plan is to have it open to the public again in September with a new concept.
Three-foot-tall wooden hops hang on the wall above a walk-in beer cooler at the new Whole Foods on Tunnel Road. The store, opening on Tuesday, Aug. 26, is Whole Foods’ first full-size store in the Asheville area. Since the company tries to tailor their stores somewhat to the cities they’re in, it makes sense that […]
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries: everyone has their favorite U-pick treat. However, Van Burnette of the Hop’n Blueberry Farm wants folks in the Asheville area to remember there is another crop in season: hops. “Last year we had 6-1/2 feet of rain, it was a bad year for downy mildew, and we had root problems,” says Burnett. […]
Since 2010, Bend, Ore.’s Visitor and Convention Bureau has produced an Ale Trail guide to the city’s many breweries. With 17 breweries, the Asheville area is quickly closing in on Bend’s 19. So it makes sense that our own Asheville Ale Trail thought it was time to start producing their own guide for Asheville’s visitors.
Sierra Nevada is famous for its high quality and consistency. Over decades the company has established a legendary reputation by thinking ahead and troubleshooting any potential problem in advance. The brewers are masters of controlling every variable. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when the company put on one of the largest beer festivals ever […]
At 18 months old, most toddlers are able to say a handful of words. Wicked Weed just needed two as they celebrated their own 18-month anniversary: massive expansion.