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.
Raise a glass and celebrate beer, food, the holidays and anything else you see fit. CalCast, the community calendar podcast from Asheville FM and the Mountain Xpress, offers plenty of reasons for good cheer.
American Craft Beer Week starts today, and there are lots of sudsy events taking place in Asheville and surrounding environs.
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 […]
American Craft Beer week approaches plus Southern Appalachian Brewery opens and lots of home brewers and Asheville win
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 […]
It’s time again for a terrific homebrew festival, and Charlie Papazian’s Beer City USA poll.
Over the past 10 years, Asheville’s undergone a knitting and crocheting revival: witness groups like Stitch ‘n Bitch and and Men’s Knitting Night. And our eclectic town has, of course, touched the movement with its particular fingerprint. The knitting fad has been reawakened, and knitters and crocheters all over Asheville are gathering at Malaprop’s, Purl’s […]
A couple of craft beer tap takeovers taking place in Asheville on Tuesday, April 12