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Show up to showdown

There are as many pizza preferences as there are toppings: thin crust, deep-dish, N.Y.-style, Napoli … pocket. But it seems that when a slice is just right, all denominations are satisfied. Cue the Asheville Pizza Showdown, happening Aug. 12 at Toy Boat Community Arts Center, hosted by the Garage at Biltmore. “Hot pizza, cold beer and great times: that’s what we’re trying to make and put the recipe together to create this event and make it extremely successful,” says Gary Charles of G Social Media, who is helping plan the event.

Bartending 101

With all the hype over craft brews and the movement to call Asheville "Beer City" (a sobriquet I thought reserved for Milwaukee, or at least St. Louis), I have not noticed a commensurate effort to provide good service to individual beer drinkers. I happen to like light premium beer, and how hard can it be […]

Big beer, big deal

I don't get why everyone is so crazy about beer. I have never been much of a beer drinker, and probably never will be. It may be more than "just beer" to some, but that is what it is to me. If there is nothing else to drink, I'll have a beer, but it is […]

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The art of beer

There’s more to a successful beer’s recipe than barley and hops. There’s also the art. Logo art, to be precise. And the folks at local breweries put considerable time, energy, thought and humor into designs that help brand their companies and distinguish their products. Not surprisingly, many incorporate the region’s distinguishing natural beauty into their […]

Another hidden local culinary jewel

I am writing in response to the fantastic article featuring the "Hidden Eateries of Asheville" by Mackensy Lunsford [March 28 Xpress]. I had heard about or even visited a couple of the spots the article mentioned, and while I too want to keep them "secret,” I can't help but be glad for these local business […]

CIty of Asheville will give New Belgium $3.5 million in incentives­, infrastruc­ture improvemen­ts

As part of the deal to bring a new, East Coast brewery here, the city of Asheville will give New Belgium $3.5 million in tax reimbursements over seven years, provided it goes through with its plans to invest $175 million in building the new facility. The city will also make infrastructure improvements to the area costing more than $500,000.