GOLDEN MOMENT: John Parks, left, accepts a gold World Beer Cup award on behalf of Asheville Brewing Co. from Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian. Photo courtesy of Brewers Association

Craft Brewers Conference

Over 7,000 brewing industry professionals gathered in Denver April 8-11 for the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup, sometimes referred to as the Olympics of Beer. The week was packed with seminars, events, tastings and an awards ceremony that placed some of North Carolina’s breweries among the best in the world.

MIXING IT UP: Bartender Jack Ouellette crafts nine creative beer-and-liquor combinations at Jack of the Wood. Photo by Jayson Im

Beyond the boilermaker

Asheville takes on the beer cocktail On any given night in Asheville, people are mixing up their beer and booze, usually in the form of shots and chasers. But there’s a more refined way to enjoy the hoppy yumminess of a brew and the bite of liquor than by dropping a shot of Irish whiskey […]

FILLING A NICHE: Homebrew Beyond the Basics is for homebrewers who have been brewing for a couple of years. Photo courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Beer scout: The pint in print

Two new books sure to satisfy homebrewers and beer lovers I could say that Mike Karnowski’s book, Homebrew Beyond the Basics, is easily the best brewing book of the year. Then again, I was his editor.   But ask anyone who’s been to Dirty Jack’s since Karnowski took over brewing the specialty beers (everything that’s not […]

CAN'T WAIT: Construction on the new brewery is almost finished.

BEER SCOUT: Is it summer yet?

Perhaps it was a coincidence that the Sierra Nevada media preview last week felt like the first real day of spring. But after winding up an entryway that will make the Biltmore Estate look over its shoulder, after walking into an entire warehouse where the lights are motion-activated and bags of malt are stacked as […]

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Beer Calendar: 4/9 – 4/15

Wednesday Asheville Brewing Company “Wet nose Wednesday” (dog-day), 5-8pm $3.50 all pints at Coxe location Catawba Slideshow & stories from the Grand Canyon, 6-7pm French Broad $7 growler fills Tiny Batch: Hoppy Red Ale Highland Live Music: Amy & Mike (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire New Release: Hop Burst Spring Ale LAB $3 pint night Oskar Blues […]

20/20 VISION: Leah Wong Ashburn, daughter of Highland Brewery founder Oscar Wong, Leah Wong Ashburn shows off Highland's new packaging, which is hitting stores now for the company's 20th anniversary. The brewery will also celebrate by offering 20 special beers, including brand-new recipes by Highland brewers. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

BEER SCOUT: Highland turns 20

Raise a glass to the father of Asheville craft beer. When Highland Brewing Co. opened in 1994, North Carolina had all of 10 breweries; now there are more than 100. And when Gov. Pat McCrory signed the proclamation for North Carolina Beer Month, which begins April 1, we’d just cracked the list of the top […]

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BEER CALENDAR: This week On Tap

Wednesday Asheville Brewing Company $3 all pints at Coxe location Highland Live Music: Caromia & Ryan (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire “Side Show” Wednesday small-batch release Oskar Blues Wednesday Night Ride: community bike ride, 6pm Wedge Food Truck: Cecilia’s Culinary Tour Thursday Altamont Live Music: Josh Daniel Marc Shimmick Project (bluegrass), 9pm Asheville Brewing Company $3 all […]

SWEET COUPLE: Catawba Brewing and French Broad Chocolate Lounge will marry the flavors of chocolate and beer at a five-course tasting on Friday, March 21. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

BEER SCOUT

Highland announces major expansion While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of new brewery openings, it’s also exciting to see that Asheville’s oldest craft brewery is not sitting still. According to Highland Brewing Vice President Leah Wong Ashburn, the company is gearing up for an expansion that could allow output to double […]

FILL ‘ER UP: Alan Lowe opened Craft Room Growlers to give beer lovers on the south side of town a place to get fresh brews by the jug. Photo by Jayson Im

BEER SCOUT

Craft Room Opens in South Asheville If you live within 10 minutes of downtown or West Asheville, there’s no shortage of options for fresh growlers of beer. Bruisin’ Ales stocks an ever-changing selection, Asheville Growler and Appalachian Vintner both fill to order and, of course, there are all the breweries. But head down to Arden […]

CREATIVE JUICES: Lookout Brewery owner John Garcia, left, and brewer Chris Terwilliger, right, enjoy experimenting with inventive flavors, such as a white-chocolate stout they created for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

BEER SCOUT

John Garcia, owner and brewer of Lookout Brewery in Black Mountain, was used to a certain type of Black Mountain tourist before he switched careers. He’d see people in town because their family has a place in Montreat or Lake Lure. Others he talked to were stopping to grab a bite to eat before going […]

BREW AND VIEW: Catawba’s planned tasting room at 2 Fairview Road will allow guests to look down into the brewery while they enjoy a pint. Photo courtesy of Catawba Brewing Co.

BEER SCOUT: Catawba’s plan B

Catawba adapts to Asheville The first brewery opening of the year is anything but business as usual. SIDEBAR: Highland Night Flight Highland Brewing Co. has come up with a way to pair nighttime, beer-drinking fun with a competitive cardio workout. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the brewery is partnering with the Asheville Parks and […]

BREW GURUS: Certified cicerones (beer sommeliers) Cliff Mori, left, and Matt McComish, right, teach new hands-on Continuing Education classes on beer at A-B Tech.

Beer Scout: The year in beer

Common New Year’s resolutions aren’t something to look forward to. Who gets excited about eating less or exercising more? But it doesn’t have to be that way. This is Asheville — let’s make our resolutions with a beer in hand. Learn more about beer A-B Tech’s new degree in Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation is great […]