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.
In the land of craft beer, the India Pale Ale still reigns supreme. The ever-growing trendiness of the IPA keeps craft breweries across the world constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the bitter, hoppy ale and turn out something they can call their own — something that stands out from the pack as just a little bit different.
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.
North Carolina’s alcohol laws are slowly changing to allow greater freedom for the state’s growing number of brewers, distillers and bar owners. However, despite the progress, local industry advocates say many key concerns remain untouched by recent reforms.
Fonta Flora Brewery’s Todd Boera has made it his mission to brew with local ingredients. He’s one of the biggest advocates for using Riverbend Malt House’s barley, wheat and rye. He also forages for special additions to his beers. So it’s not surprising that the brewery’s festival, State of Origin, shares the same theme.
Pisgah hits double digits, Sierra Nevada brings on the burly brews, Highland’s beer gets musical and more.
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.
When Whole Foods Market opened late last summer on Tunnel Road, the company said that in joining a beer city like Asheville, it would bring its A-game. Of course, that implies a comprehensive beer selection, complete with growlers to go. But what sets the Tunnel Road store apart from other Whole Foods stores across the […]
Asheville celebrates truffles, Oskar Blues partners with King James Public House, Asheville’s French Quarter celebrates Mardi Gras, a chili cook-off in Fletcher,
plus January tea events.
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 […]
In Colorado, Oskar Blues has plenty of side-projects. There’s CHUBurger, which is their take on a fast-casual burger joint. There’s Cyclhops, a bike cantina, where they combine a taco and tequila restaurant with REEB Cycles, their own brand of bikes. There’s the Bonewagon, a smokehouse on wheels. And they even have a farm, dubbed Hops & Heifers, where they grow hops and raise cows on spent brewing grain for their restaurants.
Sure, Oskar Blues is known for their great beer, but founder Dale Katechis has also made a name for the company when it comes to canned beer. It is widely credited as the first craft brewer to package in cans, and it’s been breaking down the stereotype that canned beer = bad beer for more than a decade. Soon, Oskar Blues will take it a step further and be the first U.S. brewery to package “nitro” beer in cans. Those fine, cascading bubbles will now be available in Old Chub, a malt-driven Scottish ale, thanks to a widget inside each can that will release nitrogen when the beer is opened.
Oskar Blues is (already on the move). Highland Brewing releases a line of small-batch specials. Asheville Brewing Company gets experimental and starts offering brewery tours. Pictured: Highland Brewing team. Photo by Max Cooper.