Get your hop on

Feeling hoppy? On Saturday, July 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., visit the "hop yard" at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River. The aim is to provide useful information to local brewers, Western North Carolina hops growers, those interested in becoming hops growers and folks just plain interested in hops. Researchers will […]

Asheville’s Inaugural BeerCity Festival: As it happened, in words and images (UPDATED)

UPDATED with videos and more photos.

The taps were flowing this afternoon at Asheville’s BeerCity festival, which took place at the new Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park from noon to 6 p.m. The sold-out event was attended by a crowd of about 2,800 happy imbibers.

Here’s the news as it came out of the park, via Twitter and other means, thanks to an assortment of selfless journalists, citizen reporters and, of course, happy drinkers.

Oh, Portland, losing the BeerCity poll doesn’t require losing your magnanimity

We won. After a hard-fought tie in last year’s annual BeerCity USA poll, there was little doubt about Asheville’s victory this time. At the poll’s close, Asheville had 39.9 percent of the vote, compared to 34.1 percent for rival Portland, Ore. However, that hasn’t reduced the ire of some Portlanders against our fair city.