Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings July 16-22

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Bottle and can releases

  • Asheville Brewing Co.‘s Ginger the Llama Ginger Beer (4.8% ABV) is now available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout its distribution footprint.
  • **NEW** Burial Beer Co. has a dual can release on Friday, July 19. I Think We Should Go Home DIPA (8.2% ABV), brewed in collaboration with Other Half Brewing Co., double dry-hopped with Citra and featuring doses of Galaxy, Nelson, Simcoe and Columbus Cryo, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $18 and will see limited distribution. The Mayhem of Endless Nonsense Imperial Stout with Cocoa and Coffee (12% ABV) will be available in 500 milliliter cans for $9 each and available exclusively at the taproom.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, July 20, with three packaged releases. Anniversary Zombie (5.6% ABV), a blend of White Zombie Witbier vintages fermented with brettanomyces, aged for an average of 24 months in second-use oak barrels previously filled with Kentucky bourbon and conditioned on South Carolina peaches, will be available in 500 milliliter bottles; LD’s Belgian Tripel (10.0% ABV) will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans; and Emerald Isle IPA (7.1% ABV), the fourth release in the brewery’s Cloud Cover Series, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Thirsty Monk Brewery is currently pouring Summer Table (5% ABV), a dry-hopped Belgian-style Ale brewed with local honey, at both of its locations.
  • Ginger’s Revenge is currently pouring a Cucumber, Lime Basil and Peppermint ginger beer and will tap an Orange Mint ginger beer on Sunday, July 21.
  • **NEW** In addition to its aforementioned packaged items also being available on draft the day of their release, Burial is currently pouring The Plague Brettanomyces IPA (6% ABV), a twist on the brewery’s popular IPA, featuring its house brettanomyces.
  • Catawba releases New England Pale Ale on Thursday, July 18, at all four of its locations. $1 from each pour will be donated to the NC Craft Beverage Museum. And in addition to its aforementioned packaged releases also being available on draft, the anniversary party on Saturday, July 20, additionally includes tappings of Firewater IPA (6.0% ABV) — Catawba’s original flagship beer — and Family Reunion Session IPA (5.1% ABV), brewed with hammer-milled corn malt from Riverbend Malt House and hopped with Simcoe, Cascade, Zythos, Mosaic and Pacific Jade.

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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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