Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Jan. 29-Feb. 4

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Bottle and can releases

  • Burial Beer Co. has a dual packaged release on Friday, Feb. 1. The Solace Among Slaughterous Rage DIPA (8.5 percent ABV), double dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and made with Riverbend Malt House barley, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $18. 2018 Old Black Hen Dark Sour Ale with Pinot Noir (10 percent ABV), racked on 2,000 pounds of pinot noir grapes — picked, destemmed and foot-treaded by Burial’s owners — and selected by the brewery team for its upcoming vermouth program, will be available in 500-milliliter bottles for $14. Both beers will also be available on draft.
  • **NEW** Zillicoah Beer Co. releases Peaches (5.3 percent ABV), a collaboration with Hi-Wire Brewing, on Friday, Feb. 1. The foudre-aged lager rested on 1,600 pounds of freshly harvested South Carolina peaches before being refermented in the bottle. 750 milliliter bottles cost $22 each and will see limited distribution.
  • **NEW** Hi-Wire releases an oak barrel-aged Sour Blonde Ale (8.2 percent ABV) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon, at both of its Asheville taprooms. 750 milliliter bottles cost $18 each and will not see distribution.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • UpCountry Brewing Co. taps Moonlight Sonata Dunkelweizen (4.5 percent ABV), brewed with Pale Chocolate malt and Riverbend Pilsen malt, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at its West Asheville location and Thursday, Jan. 31, at its Brevard taproom.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. releases an English Bitter on Thursday, Jan. 31, at all of its taprooms, and Hooligan Scotch Ale returns on Friday, Feb. 1.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 31, Wicked Weed Brewing taps Saison V at its brewpub. One dollar from every pour of the chocolate raspberry saison will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
  • On Friday, Feb. 1, Highland Brewing Co. releases Beer Run (4.4 percent ABV), a Berliner Weisse brewed to coincide with the kick-off of registration for the Night Flight 2019 race. Traditional raspberry syrup will be available to pair with this beer while supplies last.
  • **NEW** Homeplace Beer Co. is currently pouring a Belgian-style Tripel (8 percent ABV), made with local Jimmy Red heirloom corn from Burnsville’s Tractor Food and Farms.
  • **NEW** Lookout Brewing Co. unveils Schatz Lager — the brewery’s first beer of that style — on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon.
  • **NEW** Ginger’s Revenge releases a Lemon Turmeric Shandygaff (5.1 percent ABV) on Sunday, Feb. 3, made with Rayburn Farms’ lemon balm and zedoray.

Special events

  • Archetype Brewing Co. has partnered with the forthcoming North Carolina Craft Beverage Museum and board members Anne Fitten Glenn, Jeff Irvin and Kimberly Floyd for a night of beer trivia on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m. Questions cover such topics as North Carolina beer history, beer styles, ingredients, technical brewing and beer in pop culture. The event is free to attend, prizes will be awarded and giveaways will occur throughout the night. Archetype will donate $1 per beer sold all day to the museum and match cash donations up to $100 during trivia.
  • Hi-Wire‘s latest Sours on the Slope event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5-11 p.m. at its Hilliard Avenue location. Limited flights of Sour Brown Aged on Palo Santo Wood, Sour Pumpkin Ale, Tropical Sour Weisse and Wild Rye IPA cost $15 and will be paired with a dessert baked especially for the event.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m., Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop hosts brewers from Shelby’s Newgrass Brewing Co., whose Forced Laughter Raspberry Sorbet Berliner Weisse and Parallelograms, a hazy IPA hopped with Citra and Belma, will be available on draft.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m., Asheville Brewers Supply hosts a participatory all-grain beer brewing class as well as a sampling of the beer created in last month’s class. Call 828-358-3536 to register for the free event.
  • Pisgah Brewing Co.‘s 10th annual Stout Hog Day is set for Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. For more information, read Tony Kiss’ preview of the event.
  • Burial‘s next Off Topic discussion and tasting takes place Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. and features Jesse Ferguson, owner/brewer of Brooklyn’s Interboro Spirit and Ales. Ticket sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and can be purchased at the front bar. The $10 admission includes a branded Interboro glass and samples of three different Interboro beers.

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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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