Pisgah hits double digits, Sierra Nevada brings on the burly brews, Highland’s beer gets musical and more.
According to Waynesville legend, there’s a Bigfoot-like mountain man that roams the hills. Not often seen, he collects precious gems from around the mountains and stores them in empty growler-like jugs. They call him the Boojum. Kelsie Baker, co-owner of Waynesville’s new Boojum Brewing, says you couldn’t ask for a better icon to revive. “My […]
HiveMind Brew House is coming to the South Slope, Twin Leaf celebrates its first anniversary, Catawba Brewing is hiring, Oskar Blues is expanding its taproom and some crazy Valentine’s Day love at Asheville Brewing Co.
I’ll be the first to admit that here on the beer pages the news is usually fun. To the extent that it intersects with business news, it’s generally about crazy-fast brewery growth: Expansions, new locations and more jobs are the norm. Yet to say the brewing industry here is typical would be a lie. It […]
If you’ve been meaning to make the drive to Morganton to check out (or revisit) Fonta Flora Brewery, co-owner and brewer Todd Boera is giving you the perfect excuse 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. That’s when Fonta Flora will be releasing two of its first sour ales in 500-milliliter bottles: Vestige Wither, which features local […]
“Let’s meet for a pint.” In Asheville, it’s a way to catch up. It’s a way to do business. It can even be a first date. Yet many of us have to drive to grab a beer with our friends — just check the Wedge’s parking lot when the weather’s nice. And craft beer is […]
For their annual “beer connoisseur’s twist to Groundhog Day,” Pisgah Brewing plans to have 17 taps flowing, with seven of its own beers and 10 guest beers.
Part of a national series of American Homebrewers Association Rallies (other upcoming rallies are scheduled at places such as Magnolia Brewing Co. in San Francisco and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. in Houston, Texas), the event is intended to give homebrewers an opportunity to check out local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and brewers in their area.
Most people think Asheville’s oldest brewing business is Highland Brewing Co. But the truth is there is at least one beer-making operation in town that predates them, if only slightly. For the last 21 years, Asheville Brewers Supply hasn’t brewed and sold its own beer — that would be illegal. However the shop, owned up […]
Will Cigar City be Asheville’s newest brewery? Will New Belgium be open for tours by the end of the year? What brewery has a surprising expansion up its sleeve? While the answers to some of the biggest beery questions for Asheville are elusive this early in 2015, one thing’s for certain: We have another big year […]
In Beer City, USA, even wine stores specialize in brews — at least MetroWines will upon launching into beer territory this month. Pioneered by local home brewer Anita Riley, the expansion will feature an in-store beer section along with an online component entitled Brewing up a Storm — a first-of-its-kind blog “focusing on women in […]
Giant brewhouse tanks rolling through the streets of Western North Carolina are nothing new. Oskar Blues shipped in plenty of large ones to its space in Brevard, and Sierra Nevada closed roads from the coast to the mountains bringing its tanks into Mills River. However, when New Belgium brings in its oversized brewhouse and fermentation vessels, […]
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 […]