Fall is here, which means Asheville Oktoberfest is right around the corner. This year’s celebration is moving to a new location but will still feature its annual merry combination of local brews and lederhosen.
AleSmith enters the Asheville market, Wedge’s popular Abbey ale returns and Wicked Weed implements a new sale system for its Dark Arts bottles.
The Mills River amphitheater can accommodate at least 700 people and, while tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 8 show sold out soon after it was first announced, it will still hopefully be a night for all visitors to remember.
Burial’s flagship beer returns in can form, Asheville Brewing releases a dry-hopped sour blonde and Thirsty Monk’s taps cede control to pumpkin ales.
Foodie festivals continue in WNC with Taste of Sylva’s downtown restaurant crawl. Meanwhile, Organic Growers School is poised to train a new crop of farmers; Ambrozia will host a wine dinner with Metro Wines’ Andy Hale; and Taste of Asheville tickets are now on sale.
About 60,000 beer lovers and brewers attended this year’s Great American Beer Festival Sept. 24-26 in Denver. Among them were representatives from several WNC breweries, a couple of whom brought home coveted medals in the event’s beer competitions. Click through for the story and a gallery of photos from the GABF.
Wicked Weed, Fonta Flora and more North Carolina breweries score big at the Great American Beer Festival.
Beer Scout can’t cover every event in print, so here’s a handy guide to some upcoming beer- and cider-related happenings.
Change is the only constant at Black Mountain’s ever-growing Lookout Brewing Co. The inventive nanobrewery is set to expand both its footprint and its brewing capacity in the coming months.
An upcoming foodie event in Tryon highlights culinary delights from the Carolina foothills. Asheville eaters, on the other hand, can check out WNC Garlic Fest, Posana’s benefit dinner for ASAP’s Growing Minds Program, Ashley English’s canning class or Wild Wing Café’s stein-holding competition. Plus, food writer Jonathan Ammons talks about one of his favorite Asheville restaurant appetizers.
Billed as “a celebration of agriculture benefiting Carolina Farm Stewardship Association,” Burial Beer’s Four Farms event matched four breweries that focus on farmhouse ales with four chefs passionate about local food and seasonal ingredients.
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Hemp enthusiasts prepare for industrial cultivation legalization with the inaugural HempX festival. Meanwhile, Earth Fare celebrates its 40th year; Burial Beer Co. hosts a farmhouse ale-themed foodie event; and The Market Place chef William Dissen gives English muffins a new level of pizazz.
Beer Scout can’t cover every event in print, so here’s a handy guide to some of this weekend’s upcoming beer- and cider-related happenings.
Now in its second year in business, South Slope’s Twin Leaf Brewery is about to unveil a new, expanded taproom and outdoor gathering spot. Also: Burial Beer Co. hosts Four Farms, a celebration of agriculture; tickets go on sale for the fifth annual French Broad Brew Fest.
Tickets to the Bids and Blues fundraiser for Thrive include a catered picnic by local chef Lark Lindsey, complimentary drinks from Sierra Nevada and MetroWines, and participation in a live auction.
Feasting for FEAST fundraiser will help organizers educate more local youths on the wonders of fresh, homegrown veggies. Meanwhile, Hops & Vines is offering a cider making class, and Thirsty Monk, Table and Wicked Weed have planned specialty food and beer events.
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.