Thirsty Monk’s warehouse space at 92 Thompson St. in Biltmore Village made its debut to the public on Wednesday, May 27, as it played host to the bar and brewpub’s Not So Big BIG Beer Festival.
It’s a long, beer-loaded week, with a three-day round of festivals the first weekend. Here are a few highlights.
Most new breweries want to talk about their beer. But for Joe Dinan and Lisa McDonald, the team behind Sanctuary Brewing, it’s all about something else: the animals.
Will Cigar City be Asheville’s newest brewery? Will New Belgium be open for tours by the end of the year? What brewery has a surprising expansion up its sleeve? While the answers to some of the biggest beery questions for Asheville are elusive this early in 2015, one thing’s for certain: We have another big year […]
Ready or not, here comes the new year. Whether you can’t unload 2014 soon enough or you could actually use another month or two to tie up loose ends, the countdown to 2015 is on. It’s up to you how (and, perhaps more importantly, where) you want to greet it. Yes, watching the whole televised […]
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 […]
Next summer, Asheville will host a small but influential group of bloggers for the first time: The Beer Bloggers Conference will descend upon the city July 17-19.
Thirsty Monk in Gerber Village shut down last week and will not reopen as a Thirsty Monk. According to Thirsty Monk owner Barry Bialik and Vice President Chall Gray, the plan is to have it open to the public again in September with a new concept.
Brewgrass, the original Asheville beer fest is officially back for its 18th year. Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 20 event, to be held at Memorial Field, at brewgrassfestival.com. In years past, there was little but Bele Chere when it came to Asheville festivals ahead of Brewgrass in the hot summer months. But […]
The Not So Big BIG Beer Fest, part two of the Thirsty Monk’s Thirsty Fest, attracted fans of strong tastes to Mill Room on May 28 for a night to remember. With some of the country’s top breweries lining the left wall, participants carried a taster glass and two-sided list of beers, checking off conquests and […]
Beer Week got off to a mostly successful start on May 23 with the North Carolina Belgian Beer Festival, part one of the Thirsty Monk’s Thirsty Fest. Hosted at the new Woodfin location in Reynolds Village (which I’m dubbing RV-Monk, like Harvey Monk as if spoken by a pirate) and featuring many beers previously featured […]
Thirsty Monk’s original downtown location had character built right in. Even in Asheville’s funky downtown, it’s hard to miss a corner building that’s painted bright purple. Both the upstairs bar and the downstairs Belgian bar have their quirks — the latter is literally in the basement — and the entire building has a comically low capacity. So […]
What’s there to do downtown after brunch on a Sunday? Thirsty Monk is about to provide an answer to that question: Top of the Monk, the bar that occupies the third floor of Thirsty Monk’s downtown location, will be open late afternoons and evenings every Sunday beginning April 6 to offer a twist on the traditional Sunday brunch.
“We¹ve been hard at work over the past year assembling what we consider the ‘Dream Team’ of Asheville pub management,” says Thirsty Monk founder Barry Bialik, whose company is preparing to open its fourth Asheville location.
Bialik recently promoted Chall Gray to vice president in anticipation of a busy 2014. Gray, a native of Western North Carolina, is well-known in the area as an entrepreneur and theater and music producer.
Not to be outdone by New York City, Asheville is about to introduce its own Beer City version of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. The ever-innovative folks at Thirsty Monk will ring in 2014 by dropping a decorated and illuminated beer keg down a 20-foot cast-iron pole at the stroke of midnight at the brewery’s newest location in Biltmore Park.
Are you trying to decide what to do for New Year’s Eve? If you want to buffer your midnight toast with a good meal, several local bars and restaurants are serving up interesting eats along with liquid cheer. There is even an Asheville-style take on the Times Square ball drop for those who are in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary.
Just two weeks ago we thought Thirsty Monk south was moving from Gerber Village to Biltmore Park. What a difference a few days can make. Owner Barry Bialik has decided to not only keep the Gerber location, but expand it.
It’s Beer Week — soak up all that booze with a little food, OK? Here are a few options.
“Bring your own brain” to Asheville Humane Society’s trivia night. Then taste some cider or celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. There’s plenty to do this weekend, so let CalCast do the choosing for you.
The Asheville Bar Hopper shuttle service has launched — interest is high, but so far riders are scarce.
Reporter Jake Frankel and beer columnist Anne Fitten Glenn discuss the state of beer business and culture in Asheville.