The refreshing, low-calorie beverages provide a new option for customers while offering the brewers and cider makers an intriguing technical challenge.
“It keeps a lot of us in work,” says singer-songwriter Leigh Glass. “A lot of breweries cater to original music, so you don’t feel pressure to play covers people can dance to.”
The blurring of the liquor and beer worlds appeals to local craft beverage drinkers.
From beer pong tournaments to pairing dinners, AVL Beer Week has dozens of events scheduled at venues throughout Western North Carolina.
The classic Italian lemon liqueur is as easy to make as it is refreshing.
Devil’s Foot Beverage Co. recently received a $50,000 grant from NC IDEA, which is being used to help the company expand its staff and reach. Also: Bone & Broth teams up with Metro Wines; Green Opportunities Southside Kitchen prepares a free community cookout; The Lord’s Acre hosts its annual square dance; and more.
“We are continually amazed by the philanthropic nature of our culinary and hospitality community here and how generous they are to the local community,” says Mary Nesbitt, chief development officer of Asheville-based hunger relief nonprofit MANNA FoodBank.
May is the perfect month to begin adding color to the menu with salads made from locally sourced edibles.
These common initiatives have benefits for both the breweries and the nonprofits.
According to Feeding America, 20 percent of the more than 46 million people who access the organization’s national network of food banks each year are part of households that include someone who’s served or is serving in the U.S. military.
**UPDATED MAY 16** Twin Leaf’s Gather of the Roses returns, Burial has a triple can release and more local beer news.
Entering its 13th year, Café Israel returns to Congregation Beth Israel. Also: The Golden Pineapple opens; Asheville Food Truck Showdown rolls back into town; Metro Wines hosts a riesling class; and more.
In the rare instances when an Asheville area brewery has closed, a new brewery has taken its place.
**UPDATED MAY 10** Asheville Brewing and Cigar City combine forces for the Collaboratory’s first release, Bhramari and The Whale work together on a blue Berliner-Weisse and more local beer news.
From a chocolate-making class to a drag show brunch, the Asheville area has plenty of ways to make Mother’s Day exciting.
Brews and Bears returns to the WNC Nature Center with the launch of its monthly summer event series on Friday, May 10. Also: Rhubarb hosts a honey-tasting event; Food For Your Fingers opens; Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues closes; and more.
Local restaurant owners discuss the strategies and motivations behind their expansions.
**UPDATED MAY 3** Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Day beers are released, 12 Bone Brewing opens and more local beer news.
Jacob Sessoms joins forces with Wicked Weed Brewing. Also: Cinco de Mayo events, Curragh Chase pop-ups, Early Girl Eatery heads to North Asheville and more local food news.
Founder Oscar Wong reflects on the latest milestone of Asheville’s oldest craft brewery and is optimistic about the people and products guiding its next quarter century.