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.
National Bike to Work Week kicks off Monday, May 16, and the initiative is getting a boost from a slew of local breweries. Each night, from May 16-20, a different brewery will host a bike-centric bash, culminating with proceeds from all events being presented to local nonprofits Asheville on Bikes and Friends of Connect Buncombe.
**UPDATED MAY 13** Burial releases a beer commemorating head brewer Tim Gormley’s birthday, Green Man expands distribution to Georgia, and local breweries support National Bike to Work Week.
Nearly 20 local, regional and national breweries will join Hi-Wire at its South Asheville Big Top to celebrate lagers in this 1960s backyard barbecue-themed festival.
With its third annual Sharpen the Blades saison festival complete, Burial Beer Co. looks ahead to the future of the event and the expansion of its sour program.
**UPDATED MAY 8** Tasty Beverage Co. hosts an Allagash wild and sour tap takeover, the monthly Monk Beer Academy focuses on Goses and tickets go on sale for Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium Invitational.
After years of anticipation, New Belgium Brewing welcomed the public to its Asheville taproom on Monday, May 2.
Green Man Brewery releases bottles of its highly sought-after Snozzberry oak-aged Lambic-style wheat ale this weekend.
**UPDATED APRIL 29** Green Man releases Snozzberry, Burial hosts Sharpen the Blades and New Belgium opens its tasting room.
What does a catchphrase like “sustainable tourism” mean here in Western North Carolina? How do you make it work at the ground level? Local businesses, organizations and public officials weigh in on what such a model might look like in the region.
Local nonprofit Sleep Tight Kids aims to provide more vulnerable children with simple bedtime amenities like blankets and pajamas after holding an all-ages fundraiser at Bold Rock Hard Cider on Sunday, May 1.
Matt Addis says he started dreaming of opening a brewery almost immediately after he brewed his first beer. Now that dream is about to become a reality as he and Jonathan Myers prepare to open Habitat Tavern and Commons in May. “I fell in love with brewing in a way that I hadn’t with anything else,” Addis says […]
**UPDATED: APRIL 23** Sister Bad Habit Ale makes its annual return, Highland releases its International Women’s Day collaboration beer and Asheville breweries medal at the Tennessee Championship of Beer.