Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings July 3-9

Image by Scott Southwick

Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow is the one-stop home for Asheville-area beer news. Check back throughout the week for updates and send your own to

Bottle and can releases

  • On Tuesday, July 3, Burial Beer Co. releases The Savages of Ruminating Minds IPA (7.2 percent ABV), triple dry-hopped with Mosaic, Motueka and Idaho 7, in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $16. It will be joined on Friday, July 6, by Bloodtusk Keller Pils (5.1 percent ABV), in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for $12.
  • Bhramari Brewing Co. releases Pizza Ships: Hazy Pale Ale (5.5 percent ABV) in four-packs of 16-ounce cans on Friday, July 6, at its taproom. The beer is dry-hopped with Styrian Wolf and Vic Secret and brewed with house-made margherita pizza. It will also be available on draft and see limited distribution within North Carolina.
  • **NEW** Ginger’s Revenge releases Lime Agave (5 percent ABV) ginger beer on Friday, July 6, at 4 p.m., in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. The brewery’s take on a Moscow Mule balances ginger heat with fresh lime juice and organic agave nectar. It’s the brewery’s second bottled offering, joining Original Ginger Beer.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • On Tuesday, July 3, Oskar Blues Brewery taps Cover Your Razz, a Raspberry Berlinerweisse. Then on Thursday, July 5, the latest selections from the monthly Barn Burner Series — featuring limited releases from the the Lyons, Colo., pilot brew barn — will be tapped: Bwahahaha IPA with Pacifica (7.5 percent ABV), Interstate SMaSH Mosaic (6.9 percent ABV), Lupu Lava Tropical IPA (6.8 percent ABV) and Gypsy Squid Extra Brut Pilsner (5 percent ABV).
  • In addition to The Savages of Ruminating Minds and Bloodtusk, Burial has two new tap releases this week. A Temple To Blackness Above Port Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale (9.5 percent ABV), aged for 10 months within port barrels sourced directly from Portugal, will be released Tuesday, July 3. The Power of People Brett Pale Ale (5.4 percent ABV), 10 percent of which’s proceeds will be donated to the ACLU’s People Power movement and its People Power Beer program, arrives Wednesday, July 4.
  • Thirsty Monk Brewery taps 7 Monks Pilsner (5.9 percent ABV) at its downtown and Biltmore Park locations on Friday, July 6. Named after the septet of religious men who founded the Benedictine monastery in Andechs near Munich, Germany, in 1455, and are believed to have brought the tradition of brewing beer with them, the dry-hopped and hop-forward German pilsner is brewed with Andechs yeast and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc and German Select.
  • **NEW** Hillman Beer is currently pouring Strawboobies Saison (7 percent ABV). The Strawberry Saison with Brettanomyces is made with local strawberries from Rayburn Farm and Flying Cloud Farm. A portion of proceeds from the beer’s sales will be donated to breast cancer research.

Special events

  • On Tuesday, July 3, 5-10 p.m., Burial hosts the Burial & Friends Tap Feature with special selections from Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. from Athens, Ga. and Miami’s J Wakefield Brewing. Representatives from all four breweries will also participate in an Off-Topic event about beer and the lives they lead outside of beer, 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets to the Off Topic are $10 and include access to the talk, branded glassware and beer samples.
  • Bruisin’ Ales has two free tastings this week. On Friday, July 6, 5-7 p.m., selections from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be poured, including Pivo Pils, Union Jack IPA, Luponic Distortion IPA, UnderCurrants Wild Ale and Stickee Monkee Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad. On Saturday, July 7, 2-4 p.m., Funky Buddha Brewery will take the spotlight with samples of Hop Gun IPA, Floridian Hefeweizen, Pineapple Beach Blonde and Key Lime Pie Tart Ale.

Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

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

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.