What do Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Cigar City have in common? They’re all award-winning craft breweries, and they’re all growing fast. Soon they might have another thing in common: a second brewery in Western North Carolina. Yet while the breweries have some similarities, Tampa’s Cigar City is closer to the size of […]
Picking up where the previous BeerCity USA poll left off, USA Today is conducting an online poll to determine the nation’s “Best Beer Town.”
For the past few months, anyone has been able to tour the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River — sort of. The tour, called a “hard hat tour,” was not the same as the standard Sierra tour at the home facility in Chico, Calif. You had to reserve a spot ahead of time. Part […]
Asheville’s booming craft beer scene continues to attract national attention. NBC’s “Today Show” featured an Oct. 18 segment spotlighting Wicked Weed and Highland Brewing companies as well as New Belgium Brewing’s investment in the area.
Art and literature unite for the sake of the French Broad River on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Of Time And The River. The ticketed art exhibition is a benefit for RiverLink. This event takes place at Sol’s Reprieve (11 Richland St.), a multiuse meeting space and spiritual arts center located on the west side of […]
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 […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
“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.
Buncombe County Commissioners will seek public feedback on two issues tomorrow night, Sept. 16: one involving an economic incentive deal to Wicked Weed Brewing and the other regarding Weaverville zoning.
Everybody has a thing. And regardless of whether that thing is Boston terriers, hiking with small children, drinking wine or paranormal activity, Meetup.com offers a way for strangers with similar interests to connect with each other and cultivate friendships. Created by Scott Heiferman who was inspired by the camaraderie shown by New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11, the website […]
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 […]
Over the next year, a seven acre patch of land along the French Broad River in Asheville will be transformed into a major new entertainment, recreation, food and beer hub.