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‘Twas a warm Winter Warmer

I was about to leave the Founders’ booth with my pour of Boltcutter when I ran into Dave Engbers, the co-founder of Founders. We talked for a few minutes about our mutual love of Asheville. Then we spotted two men dressed as women getting in line. “Beer festivals can get weird,” said Engbers.

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Tell ‘em Cadillac sent ya

It’s a week before the grand opening of the Double Crown bar on Haywood Road, and the place is bustling. Carpenters and painters fin- ish crucial remodeling; inspections are passed; equipment, delayed by Superstorm Sandy, arrives and is installed. (Photo of Chris Bower, left, and Steve Mann by Max Cooper)

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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.