North Carolina’s alcohol laws are slowly changing to allow greater freedom for the state’s growing number of brewers, distillers and bar owners. However, despite the progress, local industry advocates say many key concerns remain untouched by recent reforms.
Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.
Local homebrewers have something to look forward to with the inaugural Asheville Homebrewers Conference set to happen in August. Also, take a look at one Asheville homebrewer’s award-winning white muscadine pale ale.
Brewing beer on a scaled-down system can present a way for homebrewers to take their hobby commercial. The success of a few local nanobreweries has proven that starting out small can open the door for big opportunities.
Fonta Flora Brewery’s Todd Boera has made it his mission to brew with local ingredients. He’s one of the biggest advocates for using Riverbend Malt House’s barley, wheat and rye. He also forages for special additions to his beers. So it’s not surprising that the brewery’s festival, State of Origin, shares the same theme.
Tiki torches lined the lawn outside both of Catawba Brewing Co.’s Asheville locations as the brewery offered customers a tropical getaway to celebrate the brewery’s 16th anniversary and the annual release of its King Coconut porter.
With its Reincarnation of Beer event on May 26, Burial Beer Co. offered an opportunity to try six of its beers that had been aged on a variety of adjuncts from raisins to mangos to bourbon-soaked oak. Food pairings from Salt + Smoke were also part of the fun.
Not all Asheville Beer Week events are strictly about the brew. On Memorial Day, Twin Leaf Brewery celebrated both physical fitness and beer with its Run Like a Girl event, which supported Girls on the Run.
Sunny Point Café is well-known for its breakfast and brunch offerings, but for the past few months, Noah Hermanson, the restaurant’s self-described “libations engineer,” has been crafting a new bar program inspired by his passion for food.