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Since late 2013, it was clear the current Noble Cider facility on the edge of town in Arden would be a temporary home. “We’ve been working out of a shared portion of a commercial park. … Our production space is tight,” says Baker.
What do Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Cigar City have in common? They’re all award-winning craft breweries, and they’re all growing fast. Soon they might have another thing in common: a second brewery in Western North Carolina. Yet while the breweries have some similarities, Tampa’s Cigar City is closer to the size of […]
For the past few months, anyone has been able to tour the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River — sort of. The tour, called a “hard hat tour,” was not the same as the standard Sierra tour at the home facility in Chico, Calif. You had to reserve a spot ahead of time. Part […]
As a kid, the public library was a magical place. It had endless shelves of colorful adventures, and it was a place to go for story time. As an adult, some of us still use the library for more than voting. They have those old-fashioned paper books and audiobooks, after all. However, not many of […]
The Wicked Weed Funkatorium opened on Friday, Oct. 10, and there’s no arguing that it’s the big news of the week for the South Slope. However, a few other South Slope breweries are busy expanding as we head into fall: Burial Beer (40 Collier Ave) has moved its new 10-barrel system into place and will […]
My wife and I visited Portland, Ore., earlier this year. While we could only hit a small fraction of the city’s 50-plus breweries, we made sure to stop at Cascade Brewing, a legendary producer of sour beers, and Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. At Cascade, we found no fewer than a dozen sour beers […]
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
“I want people to come in and feel like they’re at a beer festival every day of the week,” says Nate Tomforde, owner of the new Pour Taproom in West Asheville. “We’ll have 46 taps of craft beer and eight wines, and all of them will run on the pay-by-the-ounce model. … You can come […]
Pour Taproom, the pay-by-the-ounce beer bar announced earlier this year, held their soft opening on Friday, Sept. 19, at 800 Haywood Road in West Asheville. After opening a tab and receiving a digital bracelet, you can check-in at any of the taps and pour as much–or as little–beer as you wish. Prices vary by beer, […]
Burial Beer Co. has only hosted a couple of large events at their tiny taproom, but so far they have all been big draws. Jess Reiser, part-owner of Burial, just sent out word that Burial will introduce a new annual festival called Burn Pile at the taproom 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The fest will […]
Wicked Weed debuted its Funkatorium sour beer facility as a work-in-progress during Asheville Beer Week in May with a large sour beer tasting event held among the hundreds of barrels already in place. Then, in August, Wicked Weed stole its own show by announcing an expansion that included not just the Funkatorium, but also a production […]
Next summer, Asheville will host a small but influential group of bloggers for the first time: The Beer Bloggers Conference will descend upon the city July 17-19.
Some people have taken to calling the South Slope area of downtown the Brewery District. With the newest business set to join its neighbors on Banks and Buxton, it may have to be dubbed the Beer District instead. Tasty Beverage Co., a Raleigh-based beer store, announced that it will open an Asheville location later this […]
A stop-motion movie featuring a banana, a taste of Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and donating money to Asheville on Bikes: It’s all part of New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour, which returns to Asheville on Friday, Sept. 5. “The short films this year are really good,” says Jesse Claeys, one of the festival’s producers. “We’ve […]
Fresh on the heels of creating the first beer for LaZoom’s Sister Bad Habit, Asheville Brewing Co. is at it again. This time, they’ve collaborated for a more serious cause: the United Way. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Millroom, Asheville Brewing will tap the first keg of United Way Pale Ale at 5 p.m. […]
Burial and Counter Culture are at it again. This Thursday, Aug. 28, the two will host a collaborative coffee and beer tasting 4-7 p.m. at Burial’s taproom, 40 Collier Ave.
Thirsty Monk in Gerber Village shut down last week and will not reopen as a Thirsty Monk. According to Thirsty Monk owner Barry Bialik and Vice President Chall Gray, the plan is to have it open to the public again in September with a new concept.
(Photos by Cindy Kunst) Whole Foods Market will open its second Asheville location — a gleaming 35,000-square-foot facility — at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Asheville Market shopping center at 4 S. Tunnel Road. The store will hold a grand opening celebration for the community on Tuesday starting with a bread-breaking ceremony with […]
Three-foot-tall wooden hops hang on the wall above a walk-in beer cooler at the new Whole Foods on Tunnel Road. The store, opening on Tuesday, Aug. 26, is Whole Foods’ first full-size store in the Asheville area. Since the company tries to tailor their stores somewhat to the cities they’re in, it makes sense that […]
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries: everyone has their favorite U-pick treat. However, Van Burnette of the Hop’n Blueberry Farm wants folks in the Asheville area to remember there is another crop in season: hops. “Last year we had 6-1/2 feet of rain, it was a bad year for downy mildew, and we had root problems,” says Burnett. […]