Over 7,000 brewing industry professionals gathered in Denver April 8-11 for the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup, sometimes referred to as the Olympics of Beer. The week was packed with seminars, events, tastings and an awards ceremony that placed some of North Carolina’s breweries among the best in the world.
A new location and a new festival, both featuring sour beer, are on the way from Wicked Weed.
Asheville takes on the beer cocktail On any given night in Asheville, people are mixing up their beer and booze, usually in the form of shots and chasers. But there’s a more refined way to enjoy the hoppy yumminess of a brew and the bite of liquor than by dropping a shot of Irish whiskey […]
Two new books sure to satisfy homebrewers and beer lovers I could say that Mike Karnowski’s book, Homebrew Beyond the Basics, is easily the best brewing book of the year. Then again, I was his editor. But ask anyone who’s been to Dirty Jack’s since Karnowski took over brewing the specialty beers (everything that’s not […]
Perhaps it was a coincidence that the Sierra Nevada media preview last week felt like the first real day of spring. But after winding up an entryway that will make the Biltmore Estate look over its shoulder, after walking into an entire warehouse where the lights are motion-activated and bags of malt are stacked as […]
Wicked Weed Brewing teamed up with Moog Music to create a beer especially for this year’s newly reimagined Moogfest 2014, a five-day festival celebrating the intersection of music, art, innovation and technology. Here’s the press release from organizers.
Wednesday Asheville Brewing Company “Wet nose Wednesday” (dog-day), 5-8pm $3.50 all pints at Coxe location Catawba Slideshow & stories from the Grand Canyon, 6-7pm French Broad $7 growler fills Tiny Batch: Hoppy Red Ale Highland Live Music: Amy & Mike (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire New Release: Hop Burst Spring Ale LAB $3 pint night Oskar Blues […]
Here in Asheville, we’ve long been ahead of the curve when it comes to craft beer. Now the entire state of North Carolina is getting up to speed as our state’s breweries unite in April for a full month of beer-related events. With more than 100 breweries in North Carolina, only New York and Pennsylvania […]
Raise a glass to the father of Asheville craft beer. When Highland Brewing Co. opened in 1994, North Carolina had all of 10 breweries; now there are more than 100. And when Gov. Pat McCrory signed the proclamation for North Carolina Beer Month, which begins April 1, we’d just cracked the list of the top […]
Weekly happenings at our local breweries.
Wednesday Asheville Brewing Company $3 all pints at Coxe location Highland Live Music: Caromia & Ryan (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire “Side Show” Wednesday small-batch release Oskar Blues Wednesday Night Ride: community bike ride, 6pm Wedge Food Truck: Cecilia’s Culinary Tour Thursday Altamont Live Music: Josh Daniel Marc Shimmick Project (bluegrass), 9pm Asheville Brewing Company $3 all […]
Highland announces major expansion While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of new brewery openings, it’s also exciting to see that Asheville’s oldest craft brewery is not sitting still. According to Highland Brewing Vice President Leah Wong Ashburn, the company is gearing up for an expansion that could allow output to double […]
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Craft Room Opens in South Asheville If you live within 10 minutes of downtown or West Asheville, there’s no shortage of options for fresh growlers of beer. Bruisin’ Ales stocks an ever-changing selection, Asheville Growler and Appalachian Vintner both fill to order and, of course, there are all the breweries. But head down to Arden […]
When you walk into the Twin Leaf space, it’s clear that the brewing system is the pride and joy. The 10-barrel setup is the first thing you notice. While the rest of the wood-filled taproom is subdued, the brewery tanks shine golden in the evening light. It will no doubt be the envy of many […]
The Junction is one of several local businesses, including restaurants and smaller breweries, forming grassroots partnerships with New Belgium Brewing as the beer giant digs in to open its new facility in the River Arts District. Pictured is Tanya Triber, co-owner of The Junction.
John Garcia, owner and brewer of Lookout Brewery in Black Mountain, was used to a certain type of Black Mountain tourist before he switched careers. He’d see people in town because their family has a place in Montreat or Lake Lure. Others he talked to were stopping to grab a bite to eat before going […]
Catawba adapts to Asheville The first brewery opening of the year is anything but business as usual. SIDEBAR: Highland Night Flight Highland Brewing Co. has come up with a way to pair nighttime, beer-drinking fun with a competitive cardio workout. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the brewery is partnering with the Asheville Parks and […]
Say what you will about British food, but there’s nothing heartier than an English breakfast. Pair a big pub-style brekkie with a pint of ale and some football on the telly, and you have an Anglophile soccer fan’s dream come true.
Pisgah Brewing Co. has made the decision to launch Pisgah Pale in cans, with one or two additional styles likely to be added down the road. The first Pisgah cans should be available at limited locations around town next week.
Photo by Alicia Funderburk
Common New Year’s resolutions aren’t something to look forward to. Who gets excited about eating less or exercising more? But it doesn’t have to be that way. This is Asheville — let’s make our resolutions with a beer in hand. Learn more about beer A-B Tech’s new degree in Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation is great […]