**UPDATED SEPT. 25** Highland Gaelic Ale cans hit the shelves, Thirsty Monk and French Broad Brewery make a collaborative wheat ale and Bruisin’ Ales hosts a benefit with Olde Hickory for Pints for Prostates.
San Diego-based yeast producer White Labs is now hiring for its Asheville facility, and local breweries focus on supporting environmental sustainability and conservation efforts.
He hails from Chicago, though, “as a musician,” he said during his performance, “I always wanted to be big in Asheville. I love it here.”
**UPDATED SEPT. 19** Greenman releases Bootsy and Maceo, Fonta Flora is set to host NC’s first Zwanze Day and White Labs starts accepting applications
Co-founder Jimi Rentz discusses the history of Asheville’s first beer festival.
**UPDATED SEPT. 10** Hi-Wire hosts its inaugural Oktoberfest celebration, Catawba releases a collaborative Märzen and the Monk Beer Academy focuses on Bret beers.
**UPDATED SEPT. 1** Wicked Weed’s collaboration with Creature Comforts hits distribution, breweries benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Thirsty Fest 2016 kicks off.
Three days of festivities followed by nearly a week of locals-only tours will mark the grand opening of New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville facility and the company’s 25th anniversary.
Hi-Wire debuts a DIPA with all local ingredients, Asheville Brewing releases a Lionel Richie-themed saison and more.
Willie Watson and Tellico start the inaugural event inside Pisgah’s taproom on Friday, Aug. 26, before the remaining roots acts unfold inside and out, all day on Saturday, Aug. 27.
**UPDATED AUG. 20** Hops and Vines and Altamont sell, three breweries release beers to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waynesville hosts its second Beer Faire.
A love of science and dinosaurs prompted brewer Tim Weber to craft two Tyrannosaurus Rex-themed beers to raise money for the Asheville Museum of Science’s relocation efforts.
Two of North Carolina’s three community colleges with degree-based brewing programs are in the Asheville area.
**UPDATED AUG. 14** Catawba’s King Don returns, Hi-Wire releases an ESB in honor of Barnaroo and tickets go on sale for the Tryon Beer Fest.
**UPDATED AUGUST 3** Burial releases two collabs, ABC taps a new sour and Twin Leaf revives its anniversary beer due to popular demand
This year’s Asheville Homebrewers Conference features a lineup of speakers that includes nationally known beer writers and local brewing experts. Also, Zebulon Artisan Ales and Twin Leaf Brewery collaborate to support expansion of Asheville’s greenways.
**UPDATED JULY 30** Asheville Brewing Co. releases Cheerwine-inspired beer, Thirsty Monk celebrates Belgian Independence Day and construction begins on Mountain Layers Brewing Co. in Bryson City.
**UPDATED JULY 24** Hi-Wire turns three, Thirsty Monk raises funds for French Broad Riverkeeper and Twin Leaf taps a Peach Tea Saison.
Burial, Zebulon and New Belgium share their selections for the annual gathering of wild and sour ales.
**UPDATED JULY 15** Appalachian Vintner shares rare Olde Hickory kegs and bottles, Bruisin’ Ales hosts three tastings and Thirsty Monk features beers from New Belgium’s Wood Cellar.
**UPDATED JULY 9** Hi-Wire releases Batch#5 of its Single Barrel Series, Burial Ceremonial IPA cans return, and Fonta Flora releases a collaboration with Wicked Weed