Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Jan. 23-29

BOTTLED UP: Ginger's Revenge celebrates its first bottled product with a release party on Friday, Jan. 26. Photo by Atlas Branding

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Bottle and can releases

  • Ginger’s Revenge Original (5.8 percent ABV) is now available in 12-ounce bottles. Made with Hawaiian ginger, cane sugar, grapefruit juice, habanero pepper and spices, the ginger beer brewery’s first bottled product receives an official release party Friday, Jan. 26.
  • Burial Beer Co. releases three collaboration beers on Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon. One for Me Helles-Style Lager is made with Other Half Brewing Co. and brewed with 100 percent light German pilsner malt, decocted and dosed with German Grungeist hops in the whirlpool. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and see limited distribution. Also made with Other HalfOne for You Helles-Style Lager is aged on pineapple, coconut and vanilla beans and dry-hopped with Mosaic lupulin powder. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and not see distribution. Jumping the Pool is a table sour with pink lemonade blueberries, made with Night Shift Brewing. It was fermented in wine barrels and made from 100 percent North Carolina grain, aged six months in wood and then refermented on North Carolina pink lemonade blueberries. The bottle-conditioned, 750-milliliter vessels will not see distribution.

Small-batch beers

  • In honor of its 10th anniversary, Thirsty Monk releases Saint Asheville Honey Citrus Tripel on Tuesday, Jan. 23. It’s brewed with Citra and Mandarina hops, locally-sourced wildflower honey and finished on a mixture of citrus zests.
  • **NEW** In addition to having its three packaged releases on draft Jan. 27, Burial releases The Repentance Belgian-Style Amber Ale (7 percent ABV), brewed with Pils, Belgian caramel malts and dark candi sugar, on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. taps an American Wheat Wine (8.6 percent ABV) on Thursday, Jan. 25, at all four of its tasting rooms. It’s made with over 50 percent malted wheat, plus Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic hops. Brown Bear Nutella Brown Ale (5.2 percent ABV) arrives Friday, Jan. 26. The final release in the brewery’s three-part Bear Season campaign takes its flagship English brown ale and adds cocoa nibs and natural hazelnut flavor.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing taps a Ginger Cayenne Gose (4.2 percent ABV) at its South Slope tasting room on Friday, Jan. 26.
  • **NEW** On Friday, Jan. 26 at noon, Wedge Brewing Co. rereleases its 2017 GABF gold medal winning Maerzen (6 percent ABV) at its Wedge Studios location. The finely filtered German-style lager is made with Munich, Vienna and Melanoidin malts and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops.
  • Sanctuary Brewing Co. starts celebrating its second “Beerversary” early on Wednesday, Jan. 24, with the release of a brown ale made with local, organic raspberries and aged for 10 months in wine barrels. The official party takes place Sunday, Jan. 28, featuring First Bourbon Barrel Stout and bourbon-oaked, vanilla and cinnamon variants on Weekend Joe Coffee Stout.

New breweries


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One thought on “Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Jan. 23-29

  1. BMacAVL

    I’m sure this will be on the next run…but my personal favorite “beer event” in all of WNC is Pisgah Brewing’s Stout Hog Day IX on Sunday Feb. 4th starting at 11am. Typically I do not really drink beer varieties outside of the Pale/IPA realm but this event has transformed me into a stout loving gent!

    Plan to arrive at 11am sharp so as to not miss any of the incredible Pisgah or massive selections of guests taps on for this special day! Asheville’s own High Country Reggae act Chalwa. Tasty brews and tunes are in our future, paired along with some mighty fine pancakes cooked up by the fine folks at Pisgah Brewing Company. Don’t sleep on this one!!!!

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