Brews News: Delicious new releases on the way, and get ready for Brewgrass

There are lots of special beer releases and fun festivals coming up in late August and September, as always. Some of my favorite beers are released this time of year – Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin beers, wet hopped ales and more. I’m salivating just thinking about the crisp carbonation and warm spices of fall. Oktoberfest beers […]

Highland brew crew: Erica Nelson, Jamey Rowe, Paul Rollow, Kevin Sondey, Joey Justice, Tres Howell. Photo by Max Cooper

Brews News

Oskar Blues warehouse shuffle Oskar Blues Brewery announced earlier this year that it would open a new brewery and taproom in little ol’ Brevard. Originally it was set for a warehouse on Railroad Avenue, but that’s changed. The new location will be 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, says Chad Melis, Oskar Blues’ marketing director. There will […]

Perspective: This is what a beer sees at Beer City Festival. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn

Brews News

Wicked Weed, indeed The name of the newest brewery to announce plans to open in Asheville will be Wicked Weed Brewing — but it’s not what you think. Supposedly, Henry VIII banned the use of hops, and referred to them as “a wicked and pernicious weed.” Brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and partner Ryan Guthy […]

Brews News: Oscar Wong wins, The Thirsty Orange and Barley’s Angels-attachment0

Brews News: Oscar Wong wins, The Thirsty Orange and Barley’s Angels

Oscar Wong wins NC’s small-business person of the year Oscar Wong, president and founder of Highland Brewing Co., Asheville’s first legal brewery, is North Carolina’s Small-Business Person of the Year. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers the award to one person from each state annually. “It’s an honor and a reflection of our being in […]

Circled: Occupy Asheville protesters form a circle in front of City Hall just before their eviction. Police arrested three protesters and removed the tents from the area. photos by Max Cooper

The Beat: Decamped

Feb. 17, morning… A red-tailed hawk circles high above Asheville City Hall, basking in the rising sun. Still in the shadow of the mountain, the Occupy Asheville encampment is stirring. Some campers peer out from their tents. Others are already sorting their belongings, preparing for the noon departure deadline. Asheville native John Penley, a longtime […]