As part of this week’s cover package on the local beer business, we prepared an extensive timeline of the high points in its evolution, from when the Smoky Mountain Brewery first opened its doors in 1993 in Waynesville to Asheville Brewing Company’s current plans to start offering the area’s first canned brews.
Brewer and American Brewers Guild graduate Steph Weber says she’ll be opening a brewpub called Twin Leaf (@TwinLeafBeer) in Asheville “as soon as humanly possible!”
The old adage that the business of booze is recession-proof — or recession-resistant, anyway — seems to be panning out for local brewers. Despite tough economic conditions the last few years, the local beer scene has been abuzz with new breweries, expansions and growing acclaim. Since 2008, Asheville has birthed four new independent, locally owned […]
1993: Smoky Mountain Brewery opens in Waynesville. It closes four years later. 1994: Oscar Wong and John McDermott start Highland Brewing Co. in the basement of Barley's Taproom in downtown Asheville. 1997: The Blue Rooster, Asheville's first brewpub, opens next to Barley's featuring Highland beers exclusively. It closes a year later. Laughing Seed Café co-owner […]
At Echoview Farm in Weaverville, hop bines curl upward toward the sun. Hops helps bring out the particular flavors in different styles of beer, owner Julie Jensen explains. And while Western North Carolina’s moist climate is not ideal for large-scale hops production, certain specialty varieties are being cultivated at Echoview, Hop’n Blueberry Farm and through […]
Beer is primarily a tasty water delivery method. Water makes up approximately 90 percent of what you’re imbibing in beer. And while beer lovers geek out about varieties of hops and yeast and malts, we often ignore the crucial ingredient of water.
Even the most well-intentioned beer list can fail if servers don’t know how to sell it. Enter Beer 101, a Course for Servers.
New bar comes to town, local creperie makes good and Green Sage opens a south location.
Ten trees arrived at the Wedge Brewery, their roots wrapped in burlaped balls of dirt, on the the back of a flatbed truck. “They look kind of funny up there, on the truck,” said Julia McAffee of Chicago who was there to drink beer, not plant trees. “I had no idea people did things like […]
Separating rumors from reality
Greg Koch, Stone CEO and co-author, will be in Asheville on Friday, October 28, promoting his new book and telling stories. And, of course, drinking and sharing Stone Brewing beers.
Greg Koch is one of country’s leading impassioned craft-beer brewers, and he’s coming to Asheville on Oct. 28 to brazenly promote his latest book and discuss craft beer.
Munich-based beer lovers have celebrated Oktoberfest for more than two centuries. The brewcentric festival has evolved into a multiweek smorgasbord of hearty German food and drink attended by millions. The fest is emulated by cities around the world, especially those with a stout brewing culture — and Asheville is no exception. In my opinion, Oktoberfest is one of Germany’s biggest gifts to the rest of the world (along with the Christmas tree).
For weeks, Asheville has seen rumors swirl that New Belgium is considering the city for a new brewery and looking for economic development incentives. Today, Sept. 22, City Council member Jan Davis publicly confirmed the rumors at a Council of Independent Business Owners forum. He tells Xpress that while he welcomes the company, he’s skeptical about the need for incentives.
With rumors flying about local governments’ closed sessions on economic development (a New Belgium brewery?), government incentives for private business are once again in the news. Whether they’re spat on as “corporate welfare” or lauded as “job creation,” they remain controversial as ever.
It’s festival time! Brewgrass, French Broad Fall Fest, Green Man Hop Fest and more.
New Belgium Brewing’s traveling beer and film festival, “Clips of Faith,” returned to Asheville’s Pack Square Park Friday night, Sept. 10. Local photographer Jerry Nelson was there. Photos by Jerry Nelson
Later this month, sample a dish of ceviche and a pint of Solstice to the sounds of Ben Hovey at Pisgah Brewing Company’s taproom.
These weekend, visitors came out for not one, but two whole festivals dedicated to the art of growing hops. Thousands of lime green cones stretched along steel cables at Echoview Farm in Weaverville and the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River on Saturday. Each tiny cone is a hop, a key […]
Thousands of lime green cones stretched along steel cables at Echoview Farm in Weaverville and the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River on Saturday.
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 […]