Asheville’s Inaugural BeerCity Festival: As it happened, in words and images (UPDATED)

The taps flowed this afternoon at Asheville’s BeerCity festival, which took place at the new Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park from noon to 6 p.m.

The event was attended by a sold-out crowd of about 2,800 happy imbibers. Here’s the news as it streamed out of the park, via Twitter and other means, thanks to an assortment of intrepid, selfless journalists and citizen reporters — who enjoyed the festival’s perks amidst their hardship duty.

—Photo by Jake Frankel

Video by Anne Fitten Glenn of Brewgasm and Mountain Xpress:

Video by Barley’s Taproom:

Video by AskAsheville:


For some early, rough videos, here a couple “12 second videos” that were made by AskAsheville and sent via Twitter (There’s a several-second pause after you click these videos before they start playing):

Dance-a-thon at #BeerCityFest in Asheville NC on

Beer Tent mania at #BeerCityFest Asheville NC on

The Twitter feed below is a moderated feed that filters from tweets with the hashtag #beercityfest. The feed does not “autorefresh,” so to view any tweets that have come in since you arrived on this page, you’ll need to instruct your web browser to refresh the window manually.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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2 thoughts on “Asheville’s Inaugural BeerCity Festival: As it happened, in words and images (UPDATED)

  1. James P. Fisher

    Beer City Festivall was outstanding! Thanks to Jimi Rentz, Mike Rangel, Eddie Dewey, Danny McClinton , Avl Brewers Alliance and anyone else who helped make it happen!

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