**UPDATED JAN. 27** Highland debuts Saw-Whet Saison, Sanctuary turns up its house beer total to 12 and Lazy Hiker is picked up by Skyland Distributing.
Take a peek at what happens during Sierra Nevada and Wicked Weed Funkatorium tours.
**UPDATED JAN. 15** Hi-Wire debuts a new Hop Circus brew while Appalachian Vintner collaborates with Olde Hickory and Wicked Weed with Devil’s Backbone.
A silent auction at Appalachian Vintner raises money for local charities; a grant allows the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to coordinate a conference on farm-to-school programs; the Biltmore Estate adds a new restaurant; and Season’s at Highland Lake offers a Christmas Eve buffet.
**UPDATED: DEC. 17** Appalachian Vintner releases bottles of its Wicked Weed collaboration while Sweeten Creek Brewing and Blue Ridge Taproom join the local beer scene.
**UPDATED DEC. 13** Hi-Wire releases an 11 percent ABV golden strong ale, Foothills’ Jade IPA arrives in 12 ounce bottles and Wicked Weed sells its retired barrels.
As the number of craft breweries in Asheville continues to grow, several established local beer-makers are making strides toward expanding their distribution regionally and beyond.
**UPDATED OCT. 21** Brooklyn Brewery returns to the Asheville market in a major way, Wedge releases its first cans and Burial hosts its second Burnpile Harvest Fest.
AleSmith enters the Asheville market, Wedge’s popular Abbey ale returns and Wicked Weed implements a new sale system for its Dark Arts bottles.
Billed as “a celebration of agriculture benefiting Carolina Farm Stewardship Association,” Burial Beer’s Four Farms event matched four breweries that focus on farmhouse ales with four chefs passionate about local food and seasonal ingredients.
Hemp enthusiasts prepare for industrial cultivation legalization with the inaugural HempX festival. Meanwhile, Earth Fare celebrates its 40th year; Burial Beer Co. hosts a farmhouse ale-themed foodie event; and The Market Place chef William Dissen gives English muffins a new level of pizazz.
Some people have taken to calling the South Slope area of downtown the Brewery District. With the newest business set to join its neighbors on Banks and Buxton, it may have to be dubbed the Beer District instead. Tasty Beverage Co., a Raleigh-based beer store, announced that it will open an Asheville location later this […]