Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings April 26-May 2

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Bottle/can releases

  • Burial Beer Co. releases two new packaged offerings this week. Cans of Ceremonial Session IPA, a Nelson Sauvin-hopped 4 percent ABV session IPA brewed with pilsner malt, flaked barley, wheat and oats will be released on Wednesday, April 27. On Saturday, April 30, Burial will release a limited number of 750 -milliliter bottles of Terrestrial Paradise Brett Farmhouse Ale, dry-hopped with Galaxy and bottle-conditioned on mango nectar and brettanomyces. Sales of Terrestrial Paradise will begin at 11 a.m., and purchasing bottles can also secure early admission to Burial’s Sharpen the Blades saison festival the same day with.
  • Zebulon Artisan Ales releases Batch 05: Tokyo Style Gose (for Yoko Ono) on Friday, April 29 at its brewery. Made with local white miso and pickled ginger, this tart, salty beer costs $12 per 750 milliliter bottle and will be available in bottle shops next week.
  • On Sunday, May 1, Green Man Brewery will release its coveted Snozzberry, a lambic-style American sour wheat ale aged in oak barrels. A purchase limit of two bottles per individual will be in effect, and there will be no presales. Bottles go on sale at noon, with the line forming in the alley behind the Greenmansion substantially earlier.
  • Highland Brewing Co. will release cans of its Pilsner in May, the brewery’s first canned offering. Customers can preview the beer at Highland brewery and at The Brew Pump and Ben’s Tune Up on Friday, April 29.

Special events

  • On Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m., Southern Appalachian Brewery joins forces with Postero for the inaugural Spring Has Sprung Beer Dinner. Tickets for the five-course, six-brew event are $75 per person and may be purchased online.
  • On Thursday, April 28, all three Thirsty Monk bars host a NC Tap Takeover, featuring beers from breweries across the state.
  • Bruisin’ Ales‘ free weekly tasting on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m. features classic Belgian offerings from D&V International Importers. Samples of Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier (cherry beer)Val-Dieu TripelBrasserie Caracole Nostradamus brown ale and St. Bernardus ABT 12 quad will be poured.
  • Burial Beer Co. will host its third annual Sharpen the Blades festival on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. A celebration of North Carolina saisons, Sharpen the Blades will feature farmhouse ales from more than 40 breweries operating throughout the state. Admission is $8 and will include a commemorative tasting glass and two tokens that can be redeemed for beer and food. Additional tokens can be purchased for $2 each, and Salt & Smoke will be serving a seasonally inspired food menu 2-9 p.m.
  • Lookout Brewing Co. celebrates its 3rd anniversary on Sunday, May 1. The party starts at noon and the brewery will release several specialty beers.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co. opens its Liquid Center tasting room to the public on Monday, May 2. Regular hours of operation will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Eighteen beers will be available on draft in addition to packaged beer and New Belgium merchandise.

Small-batch beers

  • As of Monday, April 25, Green Man Brewery is pouring an India Brown Ale at The Greenmansion and Dirty Jack’s.
  • As of Monday, April 25, Asheville Brewing Co. is pouring Carolina Special Red Rye IPA, its collaboration with Holy City Brewing.
  • On Friday, April 29, Burial Beer Co. will release The Hunt in the Forest on draft at the brewery. This 7.2 percent ABV tart farmhouse saison is brewed with oats, rye, and raw North Carolina wheat with the addition of Georgia wildflower honey, fermented orange peel and locally foraged spruce tips.

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