Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Aug. 22-28

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Bottle and can releases

  • Catawba Brewing Co. releases Riverkeeper Apple Sour Ale (5.4 percent ABV), a collaboration with Bold Rock Hard Cider, on Friday, Aug. 25, at all Catawba locations. This sour wheat beer was fermented on crushed green Western North Carolina apples and will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12 ounce cans. A portion of all proceeds benefits the global Waterkeeper Alliance and local Riverkeeper organizations.
  • POW! Triple IPA (10.5 percent ABV), Highland Brewing Co.’s latest Big Beer. Small Batch. series brew, debuts Friday, Aug. 25. Made with copious hops and Simcoe Lupulin powder, the beer will be available in limited release four-packs of 12 ounce bottles and on draft.
  • Burial Beer Co. has a triple release on Saturday, Aug. 26, at noon. Blackfalls Baltic Porter (7.3 percent ABV), brewed with Jackie O’s Brewpub, features dark malts, house lager yeast, rye malt from Riverbend and Appalachian Spicebush. It will be available in four-packs of 16 ounce cans and see limited distribution. Own Benefactors IPA (6.4 percent ABV), brewed with Carton Brewing Co., is made with nine hops and Kolsch yeast. It will be available in four-packs of 16 ounce cans and see limited distribution. Allegory of Gluttony and Lust Double IPA (8.5 percent ABV) features Mosaic, Styrian Wolf, Motueka and Ella hops. It will be available in four-packs of 16 ounce cans and will not see distribution.

Small-batch beers

  • Oskar Blues Brewery will begin pouring a Raspberry IPA on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
  • In addition to Blackfalls, Own Benefactors and Allegory of Gluttony and Lust being on tap Aug. 26, Burial offers up The Righteous Few IPA with Basil & Brettanomyces (6.6 percent ABV) on Thursday, Aug. 24.
  • On Thursday, Aug. 24, Catawba taps a Cucumber Lime Gose (4.4 percent ABV) at all four of its locations. The wheat beer was soured in the kettle with Lactobacillus and features additions of salt, coriander, cucumber and lime.
  • **NEW** Wedge Brewing Co. is pouring a 4.9 percent ABV small-batch Kölsch. True to style, this ale is treated like a lager, with longer fermentation times at lower temperatures resulting in a higher attenuation despite its malt-forward flavor profile. According to Wedge brewer Ian Leightner, “It’s like Cold Beer & Julian Price Pilsner done got married and had a baby…”

Special events

  • Hi-Wire Brewing‘s Oktoberfest takes place Saturday, Aug. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. at its Big Top location. Admission is free and a custom stein and 33 ounce pour is $15. Additional 33 ounce flagship and fall seasonals fills are $7. Steins may be purchased separately for $10. There will also be a hotdog eating contest (email Kenzie@foothillslocalmeats to register), tricycle races and brat toss, grain sack toss and stein hoisting competitions.
  • Asheville Brewing Co. celebrates the 828 area code on Monday, Aug. 28, at its Coxe Ave. and Merrimon Ave. locations. 828 Pale Ale will be available at a discounted price throughout the day, free 828 koozies will be given out as supplies last and both 828 t-shirts and a special pizza will be on sale for $8.28.

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