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.
Oskar Blues Brewery hosted its 2015 Burning Can ExtravaCANza Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at its REEB Ranch just outside of Hendersonville. Despite some complications with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Department, a few thunderstorms and a blistering-hot afternoon sun, brewers, performers and attendees stuck it out and had a ball.
On March 18, Wicked Weed brews flowed from taps set up in a Candler parking lot — the future home to the local brewery’s new, 40,000-square-foot production facility. The groundbreaking celebration began at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, with an afterparty at the Funkatorium, home to Wicked Weed’s barrel-aged sour beers.
Innovation Brewing in Sylva reveals its legal fight over conflicting language with a much bigger company — Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The small Sylva brewer received nationwide support following the dispute, sparking both a petition and a GoFundMe page for the microbrewery’s legal fees. The petition has already reached 3,500 signatures.
The Junction is one of several local businesses, including restaurants and smaller breweries, forming grassroots partnerships with New Belgium Brewing as the beer giant digs in to open its new facility in the River Arts District. Pictured is Tanya Triber, co-owner of The Junction.
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.
Chances are you can name a beer or two from your favorite Asheville breweries, but It’s perhaps more difficult to name the last beer you drank made with Riverbend Malt House’s malt.
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.
Pisgah’s here. Wedge is here — aloof rock stars of Asheville beer, confident and not entirely lacking in swagger. French Broad is the proletariat of the scene, big and gentle, unstylish, a touch shambling. Highland: the jetsetter, slick and self-assured. All is revelry, echolalic chatter drowning out the jazz trio.
Nothing wrong with getting educated … about beer, with informal discussion led by a panel of Asheville’s beer enthusiast.
According to Thirsty Monk owner Barry Bialik, Sierra Nevada Brewing CEO Ken Grossman told Asheville brewers that Sierra Nevada is considering a 50-acre site on French Broad River, but no decision has been made yet.
Greg Koch is one of country’s leading impassioned craft-beer brewers, and he’s coming to Asheville on Oct. 28 to brazenly promote his latest book and discuss craft beer.
Our Brews News reporter takes to the streets to find out just how many ounces of craft beer you get for your cash.
Go west, beer lovers, to sample the creations of yet another new Western North Carolina brewery in the works.
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.