**UPDATED JUNE 23** Wicked Weed Old Fashioned bottles hit local bottle shops, Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park serves as a test site for New Belgium’s ciders and Hi-Wire expands distribution to Georgia.
Swannanoa homebrewer Aaron Fish earned two awards while the Mills River team of Jesse Helm and Tyler Perry were crowned Kings of the Mountain by the Xpress judges.
Asheville Brewing taps the second beer in its locally-sourced Ground Score series, Metro Wines hosts a Beer Blind Tasting and Burial celebrates its third anniversary with a dual bottle release.
On Sunday, June 19, MountainTrue, French Broad Chocolates and Asheville Greenworks will host a Father’s Day River Cleanup that combines paddling and trash gathering with chocolate and beer.
**UPDATED JUNE 11** Fonta Flora hosts State of Origin, Hi-Wire releases two small-batch bottles, and the Biltmore Estate hosts a beer-centric barbecue event.
An unorthodox yoga class followed by local brews added a new twist to this year’s AVL Beer Week.
Brewer Mike Karnowski educated and entertained during a recent AVL Beer Week event focused on the evolution of English IPAs.
Fonta Flora Brewery’s State of Origin festival and the Just Brew It homebrew tasting and competition showcase local brewers and ingredients.
**Updated June 4** A rundown of AVL Beer Week events.
With an oompah band, three outdoor beer stations and a special German-themed food menu, Sierra Nevada brought the spirit of Oktoberfest to late spring.
This year’s event, which sold out days in advance, brought more than 30 area breweries to Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.
For the past few years, Just Brew It functioned as the unofficial kickoff party for AVL Beer Week. It’s hard to beat more than 50 homebrewers serving some of the best beer around. Yet this year the event will wrap the week rather than begin it. Someone needed to fill the void. Highland Brewing Co. […]
AVL Beer Week beer dinners and food pairings bring unusual ingredients, interesting venues, Asheville chefs and local brews together for tasty and out-of-the-ordinary events.
Five years ago, AVL Beer Week began — as many great things do — over a few locally crafted beers among friends. Developed as a means to support and promote Asheville’s craft brewing industry, AVL Beer Week has now become a local tradition in its own right.
True to the range of liquid creativity set to pour at each booth, the ways in which each brewery gets ready for Beer City Festival and how their beers will be shared are just as unique.
From opportunities to chat with brewers to making an IPA for a friend, nondrinking events dot the Beer Week schedule.
While Beer Flavors 101 was developed to contribute an educational component to this year’s Asheville Beer Week festivities, the purpose of the event is to engage novices and experts alike without intimidating those new to tasting techniques and terminology.
**UPDATED MAY 26** Cucina 24 hosts a Wicked Weed sour beer dinner, Hi-Wire hosts a Foothills Meats beer dinner and AVL Beer Week kicks into high gear.
Highland Brewing Co.’s Hollie Stephenson discusses making a batch of Arrogant Bastard Ale — a mainstay of her previous employer Stone Brewing Co. — in Asheville.
City Bakery will move all of its bread-making operations from Biltmore Avenue to Fletcher in a matter of weeks; Cucina 24 adds lunch service and a sour beer dinner with Wicked Weed’s sour brews; food writer Sheri Castle stops into Rhubard to celebrate her new release; and Villagers hosts a glass on medicinal ghees.
**UPDATED MAY 21** Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park taps all six Beer Camp Across America collaborations, and The Junction and Hi-Wire team up for a beer dinner celebrating the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.