Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Feb. 11-17

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Bottle and can releases

  • DSSOLVR has two new packaged releases on Friday, Feb. 14: Desktop Vacation (4.1% ABV), a Kölsch/Märzen hybrid hopped with Noble Cascade and Azacca, brewed in collaboration with Portland, Maine’s Definitive Brewing Co., and Never Ending Sky (5.5% ABV), a Helles hopped with Tettnang and Hallertauer Mittelfruh. Both beers will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft.
  • Highland Brewing Co. releases Café Au Lait (12.5%), the newest addition to its Southern Nouveau Series, on Friday, Feb. 14. The imperial breakfast stout was brewed with coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate and lactose, then aged in bourbon and French oak barrels. It will be available in 500 milliliter bottles and on draft, exclusively at the taproom.
  • Sweeten Creek Brewing releases Unbridled Stallion Imperial America Red Ale (8.5% ABV) on Friday, Feb. 14. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Highland is currently pouring Chocolate Bonbon Stout with Cherries (7.1%  ABV), the latest release in its series of stouts inspired by French Broad Chocolates’s bonbons.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. taps Raspberry Cobbler Sour on Thursday, Feb. 13, at all four of its taprooms.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing releases Hose It Down Brown Ale on Thursday, Feb. 13, at all of its locations. The beer was made with firefighter Neil Spencer, the recent chili cook-off winner at Wicked Weed West. $1 of every pour will be donated to the Asheville Fire Fighters Association Foundation.
  • **NEW** Fermented Nonsense Brewing is currently pouring Goodbye Carolina, a traditional Kölsch named for The Marcus King Band song, and Old Town Road, a pale ale hopped with Citrus and Cascade.

Special events

  • The Whale celebrates Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14, with a selection of barrel-aged beers from around the world. A list of the featured breweries is available here.

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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