If someone told you an Asheville brewery was expanding by opening a second location in the center of town, whom would you think of first? Highland would make sense. Or wait, maybe Pisgah? Both of those breweries have been around and growing for years, and they might want a second location closer to downtown. Yet […]
Hard as it is to believe, Wicked Weed is less than two years old — well, at least until Dec. 28. The brewery plans to ring in its second anniversary by releasing a special beer one day early, Terrible 2’s Centuplicate IPA, on Saturday, Dec. 27. This beer is the company’s biggest and hoppiest IPA […]
If you’re one of the many who wake up on Sundays only to find lines at all your favorite brunch spots, there’s a new option in town. Burial Beer is now offering a low-key, order-at-the-bar jazz brunch every Sunday. The brunch features New Orleans-inspired food from Gary Sernak (Zambra, Admiral) and Josh Dillard (Zambra, Asheville […]
If your favorite way to shop is at home in your pajamas, there’s some good news this holiday season: You can now buy beer from Bruisin’ Ales that way as well. “We’ve shipped beer for years, but it was becoming unmanageable to keep doing it by email and phone,” says co-owner Julie Atallah. So when […]
In September, Hi-Wire announced it had grown 135 percent since opening its doors just over a year before. In order to keep pace, the company was planning to enter a contract brewing agreement with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Mississippi. The contract brewing arrangement meant that Hi-Wire would pay Lazy Magnolia and work with that […]
If Simcoe, Citra and Cascade all sound familiar, chances are you’re either a brewer or a really, really big fan of IPAs. But while some hops gain household name status — at least in some houses — not all hops are so lucky. Many hops varieties never break past the competition in the commercial breeding […]
According to a press release, New Belgium’s 21-city Clips Beer & Film Tour raised some $139,524 for charities across the nation and drew more than 20,000 guests. The outdoor film and beer-tasting event, which stopped in Asheville on Friday, Sept. 5, raised $5,717 locally with attendance by approximately 1,400 individuals. Asheville’s average waste diversion rate […]
When I walked into Open Brewing a few weeks ago, the wall behind the bar had just been repainted, but the rest of the space was clearly a work in progress. As a reporter, it isn’t unusual to sit for an interview amid piles of boxes, with signage waiting to be hung. But this time, I […]
Kelli Cozlin is cooking up a new feast for the senses. The actress and writer is hoping to add dinner theater to Asheville’s lively food and entertainment mix. And based on years of experience acting in and producing shows across the country, she thinks it’s sure to be a recipe for success. “I feel like […]
Whether it’s a traditional turkey with 50 of your closest relatives or a vegetarian spread for two, there’s no escaping the trappings of the Thanksgiving meal. It’s a holiday that revolves around food as much as it does family. Of course, there are also traditional beverages — a certain type of wine with dinner, a […]
You never know when winter will hit in Asheville. This year, with early November snow, it seems the upcoming release of Cold Mountain from Highland Brewery is right on time. Community liaison Drew Stevenson says there’s even more to look forward to this year as the company plans to expand the release celebration at the […]
Local Flavor AVL phone app is a user guide for all things Asheville, so the company plans to celebrate its growth milestones in “the Asheville way” — with beer, friends and music at Highland Brewing Co.
At their original brewery in Chico, Calif., Sierra Nevada grows barley and hops. It’s on such a small scale that the brewery could never switch over to using only what it grows; it uses the crops instead for limited-edition estate ales. Until recently, brewing a beer the same way — sourcing ingredients from a single […]
I was drinking in the L.A.B., late one night…
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.