Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Jan. 28-Feb. 3

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Bottle and can releases

  • DSSOLVR has three new packaged releases on Saturday, Feb. 1: It’s Not Even Speltz Right (5.6% ABV), a Hefeweizen made with spelt instead of wheat, and brewed in collaboration with Charlotte’s Resident Culture Brewing Co.; Another Damn Skull (2.8% ABV) session IPA; and Raised in the Juicy (9.2% ABV), hopped with Chinook, Michigan Chinook, Michigan Cascade and Mosaic, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft, and will see limited distribution.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing releases King Cake 10W-40 Imperial Stout on Saturday, Feb. 1. The beer is brewed with  coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lactose, cinnamon and pecans, and will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Catawba Brewing Co. taps Beet Saison, made with beet puree, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at all four of its taprooms.
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider releases Cran-Apple Cosmopolitan cider cocktail, featuring a blend of lime juice, fresh-pressed orange juice, cranberry and honey, on Friday, Jan. 31.
  • **NEW** Highland Brewing Co. is currently pouring You Drive Me Hazy (6.3% ABV), a New England IPA hopped with Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic and Centennial.
  • **NEW** Fermented Nonsense Brewing is currently pouring “To Me You Are Perfect” Brown Ale, brewed with four banoffee pies.

Special events

  • As reported by Tony Kiss, Bruisin’ Ales is closing at the end of February and is selling its inventory at reduced prices. Discounts range from 25% off most items to “Buy 6, get 50% off” specials. All glassware purchases are buy one, get one free.
  • Forestry Camp Bar & Restaurant spotlights breweries from New York City on Thursday, Jan. 30, with beers from  Other Half Brewing, Industrial Arts Brewing Co., Interboro Spirits & Ales, Finback Brewery, Transmitter Brewing and Threes Brewing.
  • Pisgah Brewing Co.‘s 11th Annual Stout Hog Day takes place Sunday, Feb. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. The a la carte event exclusively features the brewery’s range of stouts and other dark brews, including some cellared offerings. The complete taplist will be released closer to the event here.
  • The Whale celebrates Groundhog Day on Sunday, Feb. 2, with a TBD special. If Punxsutawney Phil seems his shadow, indicating another few weeks of winter, porters and stouts on draft will be discounted. If he doesn’t see his shadow, indicating spring is on its way, draft saisons and lagers will be on sale.

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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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