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Thirsty Monk opens in Woodfin

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 […]

Gray promoted at Thirsty Monk school of hard knocks

“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.

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Thirsty Monk’s Beer City take on the Big Apple ball drop

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.

Jason Caughman showcases stellar suds, fine tunes and more at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain Photos by Jonathan Welch

Brewer-ism

In WNC, we’ve got mountains, an agreeable climate, good food and a thriving beer scene, complete with brew-centric festivals. What more could you ask for? Someone to drive you around from brewery to brewery while you liberally sample? Well, we’ve got that too. Brews Cruise, started by Asheville local Mark Lyons, provides an insider’s take […]

Beery trivia: Each Asheville Beer Masters Tournament round will have a slightly different group of judges, mostly pulled from the local beer industry and community. At the qualifying round at Brixx Pizza, a few of the judges were from L to R: Erica Nelson of Highland Brewing, Adam DeBoer of Highland Brewing and Doug Riley of Asheville Brewing. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn

Brews News

Which home brew is the best? The second homebrew fest sponsored by Just Economics will take place on Sunday, May 2, at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. More than 50 home-brewed beers have been entered — and we have some amazing home-brewers in the region. To attend, visit justeconomicswnc.org/join-donate/ and join at the […]