With major new breweries in Transylvania, Henderson and Buncombe counties in the area, the sipsters are about to eclipse the hipsters. (Unless they are one and the same.)
Catawba Brewing Company welcomed the new year with an update on its plans to open a second brewing facility and tasting room in Asheville. The Morganton-based brewery had begun renovations last summer on a building at 2 Fairview Road in the Biltmore Village area but city of Asheville officials put a halt to the project.
As part of the deal to bring a new, East Coast brewery here, the city of Asheville will give New Belgium $3.5 million in tax reimbursements over seven years, provided it goes through with its plans to invest $175 million in building the new facility. The city will also make infrastructure improvements to the area costing more than $500,000.
My Southern belle grandmother used to say ladies don’t drink beer. Here’s hoping the definition of “lady” has evolved since then to include beer-quaffing mamas like me.
Here’s some of what’s happening on the beer scene in and around Asheville.
The Lexington Avenue Brewery invited folks to come out on a chilly Wednesday afternoon and sample its food as the new microbrewery prepares to open to the public.
It’s time to get out your calendar and plan for some upcoming local beer events.
Go west, beer lovers, to sample the creations of yet another new Western North Carolina brewery in the works.
Here’s a round-up of what’s happening on the Asheville beer scene, including release dates for Cold Mountain Winter Ale, an update on the upcoming Oktoberfest and the latest on the opening of Craggie Brewing.
In local beer news: Craggie Brewing hopes to receive a temporary license soon; more local food entrepreneurs are using craft beer in their recipes; Oktoberfest tickets are almost sold out and did you know there’s no such thing as “happy hour” in North Carolina? That and more in this week’s Brews News.
Asheville and Portland will share honors as Beer City USA, according to beer guru Charlie Papazian. In Asheville, Mountain Xpress and the Orange Peel will co-host an upcoming victory party.
What happens when seven guys, including four who comprise a band called Rat Jackson, hit 27 breweries and play five gigs during a two-week road trip from North Carolina’s mountains to its coast? Watch the movie Beer Y’all and find out.