Altamont Brewing celebrates five years with Brewing for Greenways benefit

CHEERS TO FIVE YEARS: Altamont Brewing Co. celebrates five years with a Brewing for Greenways fundraiser. Jesse Farthing

Altamont Brewing Co. will combine its love of beer with a passion for greenways and alternative transportation by hosting a large fundraiser on Friday, March 18, in collaboration with the Friends of Connect Buncombe’s Brewing for Greenways project.

Brewing for Greenways, which describes itself as a “multi-brewery effort to raise money and awareness for the planned public greenway and trail network that will connect Buncombe County,“ started in June 2015 with a collaboration beer between Highland Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. and continues to team up with breweries and local suppliers to raise funds for the cause.

Gordon Kear, owner of Altamont, says he’s been an advocate for more greenways and urban trails since moving to Asheville in 1997, so the Brewing for Greenways effort has been a great fit for him.

When the idea first came up in a meeting of the Asheville Brewer’s Alliance, Kear says, “I instantly got excited that I could contribute by being a brewer and having a space to host an event like this.

“I think in this town it is necessary to connect green spaces — as well as urban areas — with a trail system that is only open to alternative transportation, like walking or riding a bike,” he continues. “It encourages people to get out and enjoy the outside while making it very accessible. It will quite literally tie the town together.”

Previous collaborations for the project have included the Excavator tripel from Burial Beer Co. and Wedge Brewing Co., a chocolate caramel porter from Hi-Wire Brewing and Ben’s Tune-Up and the New Direction ale from Wicked Weed Brewing Co. and Riverbend Malt House. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each pint of collaboration beers benefits the project.

Friday’s release party at Altamont will see the release of several new beers, including a kettle sour and several different gose-style brews. Brewing for Greenways will receive $1 from each draft sold.

The party also serves as a five-year anniversary celebration for the brewery, which opened in 2011 and began brewing in 2012.

The taproom opens at 2 p.m. The Friends of Connect Buncombe will be set up in the brewery starting at around 5 p.m. offering literature on the project. The brewery will have food specials as well as regular menu items available from its newly opened restaurant expansion. Local band Raising Cain plays at 9 p.m.

The next release in the Brewing for Greenways fundraiser comes from New Belgium and will be announced at the event.

Altamont Brewing Co. is at 1042 Haywood Road.

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Jesse Farthing can be reached at beer@mountainx.com.

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