Twenty hopping years in Western North Carolina’s beer history

1993: Smoky Mountain Brewery opens in Waynesville. It closes one year later. 1994: Oscar Wong and John McDermott start Highland Brewing Company in the basement of Barley's Taproom in downtown Asheville. 1997: The Blue Rooster, Asheville's first brewpub, opens next to Barley's featuring Highland beers exclusively. It closes a year later. Asheville Beer Week Events […]

Edgy Mama

One in five children in Buncombe County has experienced abuse or neglect. Yes, that number is staggering. It equals more than 4,200 reported cases in 2011. Half of those kids were younger than 6 years old, and the majority were abused by someone they know (and probably trusted). And that distressing number doesn’t represent all […]

Brews News: Oscar Wong wins, The Thirsty Orange and Barley’s Angels

Oscar Wong wins NC’s small-business person of the year Oscar Wong, president and founder of Highland Brewing Co., Asheville’s first legal brewery, is North Carolina’s Small-Business Person of the Year. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers the award to one person from each state annually. “It’s an honor and a reflection of our being in […]