Food festival season is upon us, with Organicfest, BaconFest, MusicFest and CiderFest NC just around the corner. Plus, the French Broad Vignerons have named the best wines from the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.
Whether it’s fine dining, chocolate pairings, barbecue or curry, Catawba’s new initiatives aim to show beer’s versatility with food.
North Carolina has always had a complicated relationship with alcohol. However, alcohol has consistently been an economic driver in North Carolina, as it still is, with 130 craft breweries as of 2014 – the most of any Southern state. As the craft brewing industry in the region grows into a multimillion-dollar business, the desire to review the statutes and improve communication with state officials has come to the forefront.
With its inaugural Mountain Brew Fest on Saturday, Aug. 22, MountainTrue hopes to highlight its conservations efforts along with the offerings of local breweries.
In the land of craft beer, the India Pale Ale still reigns supreme. The ever-growing trendiness of the IPA keeps craft breweries across the world constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the bitter, hoppy ale and turn out something they can call their own — something that stands out from the pack as just a little bit different.
Soon Sierra Nevada won’t be the only brewery in the Arden area. Now the Mills River Brewery is just a craft beer bar and deli, but the opening of its new microbrewery is right around the corner.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the final build-out challenges of Sanctuary Brewing Co. and one mother’s attempt to help expedite the potty training process for kids across the globe.
RiverLink’s annual RiverFest is on Saturday, Aug. 8. The full day of live music, food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer and more begins at 11 a.m with the Anything that Floats wacky raft race.
Although gentrification may be watering down the legacy of longstanding watering holes, several beloved dive bars stand strong in Asheville.
Black Mountain’s annual Sourwood Festival was named for the area’s high-quality honey, but in its 38th year, the weekend-long celebration also offers local arts and crafts, music, games and, of course, plenty of festival food.
WNC beverage enthusiasts are harnessing the kick of ginger in their alcoholic and nonalcoholic brews.
Like the event’s name, the entertainment lineup pays homage to the musical legacy of the Big Easy, with jazzy performances by Pamela Jones, Empire Strikes Brass, Bronze + Ebony Dance Company and the Business.
Two up-and-coming cidermakers are preparing to open local taprooms.
New eatery The Asheville Commissary Kitchen and Pub offers patrons an indoor, full-service dining experience, but sources its food from a rotating cast of food trucks and burgeoning chefs.
Planned for Sunday, July 26, Aloft’s next donation-based rooftop concert features jazzy duo HoveyKat and benefits Asheville Humane Society.
Asheville now boasts the highest number of breweries per capita of any U.S. city. But given the city’s failure to extend mass transit hours even as the number of watering holes increases, some locals fear that Asheville in not only Beer City, it’s DWI City.
Bask is celebrating the first anniversary of debut LP American Hollow with a bespoke beer created by Burial Beer Co., and a set at the Mothlight on Friday, July 25, at 9 p.m.
Oskar Blues Brewery hosted its 2015 Burning Can ExtravaCANza Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at its REEB Ranch just outside of Hendersonville. Despite some complications with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Department, a few thunderstorms and a blistering-hot afternoon sun, brewers, performers and attendees stuck it out and had a ball.
All are welcome to attend the free pop-up craft fair, which the Bywater hosts on its riverside lawn on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Hi-Wire Brewing Co. has only been open downtown for two years, but the company’s second (and significantly larger facility) is already set to come online in Biltmore Village.
Wicked Weed started with a longtime relationship between two families, combined with creative and practical brewing by brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson, the expertise and wisdom of Rick Guthy, the innovation and insight of his wife, Denise, and the ideas and hard work of their son, Ryan Guthy.