North Carolina has always had a complicated relationship with alcohol. However, alcohol has consistently been an economic driver in North Carolina, as it still is, with 130 craft breweries as of 2014 – the most of any Southern state. As the craft brewing industry in the region grows into a multimillion-dollar business, the desire to review the statutes and improve communication with state officials has come to the forefront.
“If we want a thriving tourism economy and a “craft brew mecca” kind of culture, then we need law enforcement officers trained to deal with this new direction our fine city is taking.”
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, […]
With Asheville garnering significantly less votes in the annual Beer City USA online poll than it did in 2012, does that mean our hearts are no longer in our pint glasses? Have we lost our Beer City spirit? Or with MLive reporting that Grand Rapids tourism marketers waged a highly organized campaign, maybe it’s more of a reflection on our commerce officials? Whatever the case, local residents shared their thoughts on a variety of online mediums this week, expressing everything from disappointment to good riddance.
After a four year winning streak, Asheville lost its title of ‘Beer City USA’ to Grand Rapids, Mich., according to poll results released May 13.
In true Feral Chihuahuas style, the local sketch-comedy troupe (in collaboration with exploreasheville.com) manages to both roast and pay tribute to Asheville’s “Beer City” accolade in this not-to-be-missed music video.
With a lot, make that a keg-full, of beer news in the last year, Beer City, USA held a celebration of the hop beverage in the German style. View up Wall Street at the height of festivities. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
First it was the retirees, then Rolling Stone encouraged more freaks to come, then we voted ourselves Beer City USA. Asheville is always making it to some new list of best places for whatever it is people like to do. Now comes the vote (again, we get to do this to, uh, for ourselves) to […]
Coming on the tail of announcements that two big-deal craft breweries (Sierra Nevada and New Belgium) are coming to town, the timing couldn’t be any better. See the full, still-tentative schedule in this post.
It’s official: “Asheville, North Carolina is BeerCity USA 2010. While Portland, Oregon organized a healthy challenge against the western North Carolina city of Asheville, in the end the relentless craft beer enthusiasm for Asheville won out,” writes Charlie Papazian, who started the BeerCity USA poll last year and ran it again this year. His comments appeared this afternoon here.
If you missed out on Brewgrass tickets, you may have the chance to attend another locally run beer festival this spring.
Bruisin’ Ales, the Orange Peel, Mountain Xpress and the Asheville Brewers Alliance have joined forces for the Beer City Bash, a celebration of our fair town’s recent Beer City victory. The party will feature beers from eight local breweries and three primo local bands. Read on for all the deets!