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Superbowl XLIX companion: a game day guide to Asheville’s cheap booze, good eats and big screens

While nacho stains are certainly more socially acceptable in the comforts of one’s own home, why not venture out for some game day antics this year? Super Bowl XLIX, New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks, kicks off Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Asheville-area businesses have planned a variety of celebrations to suit your football fancy.

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Smart bets: Super Sunday

Big screens are better than big crowds. At least that’s the rationale behind Carolina Cinemas’ Super Sunday Super Bowl watch party. Limited-release beers like Devil’s Britches and the 20th Anniversary Weizenbock from Highland Brewing Co.’s tap takeover will ease the strain of tense field goal moments, while games, trivia and prizes (including pint glasses and […]

White Labs hopes to transform 172 S. Charlotte St. from a 26,000 square foot storage facility into a 32,000 square foot production facility, complete with a tasting room and classroom. The company is requesting city incentives to make it happen. Rendering courtesy of White Labs.

Asheville Council considers incentive deals with White Labs, Highland Brewing, Tutco Farnam

At their next meeting on Jan. 27, Asheville City Council members will consider economic incentive deals with White Labs, Highland Brewing and Tutco Farnam. Before voting, Council will hold public hearings to solicit feedback. Here are details on each proposed deal: White Labs A leader in the fermentation sciences industry, White Labs specializes in creating yeasts […]

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Asheville Wing War approaches its fourth year of competitio­n

So far, confirmed warriors include Mojo Taco Lounge, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Haywood Lounge, the Social, Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Scully’s Bar and Grill, King James Public House, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Creekside Taphouse and the Barleycorn. A few additional competitor slots remain, and three of the listed participants — Barleycorn, Moe’s and Creekside — are in the game to defend a title.

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Venture Asheville presents ‘Pitch for Pitchers’ Jan. 14

Aiming to cultivate entrepreneurial energy, Venture Asheville has started a new event series dubbed “Pitch for Pitchers.” An entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture Asheville recently got a shout-out in a Popular Mechanics story that ranked Asheville the second best start-up city in […]

GET FUNKY: A VIP tour of Wicked Weed's Funkatorium will be a part of the American Homebrewers Association rally on Saturday, Jan. 17. Xpress file photo

American Homebrewer­s Associatio­n rally comes to Wicked Weed Funkatoriu­m, Jan. 17

Part of a national series of American Homebrewers Association Rallies (other upcoming rallies are scheduled at places such as Magnolia Brewing Co. in San Francisco and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. in Houston, Texas), the event is intended to give homebrewers an opportunity to check out local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and brewers in their area.