Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings June 26-July 2

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Bottle and can releases

  • **NEW** As of Thursday, June 28, UpCountry Brewing Co. has six-packs of 12-ounce cans of Mangose (4.8 percent ABV) available for purchase at its taproom.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. releases Soulshine Kölsch on Friday, June 29. The German-style summer ale is a collaboration with outdoor clothing and gear maker Mountain Khakis of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and part of the Soulshine Project, inspired by the two companies’ “shared mission to protect lands and waterways, making connections between people and nature.” A portion of all proceeds from Soulshine Kölsch benefits the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The beer will be available in full distribution in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • On Tuesday, June 26, Burial Beer Co. taps Machete Mixed Culture Farmhouse Ale (6 percent ABV), hopped with Huell Melon, Tettnang and Saaz and aged upon Grains of Paradise. It will be followed on Thursday, June 28, by Hysteria At Dawn Red Velvet Ale (4.5 percent ABV), which was aged upon vanilla bean and cocoa nibs.
  • **NEW** Oskar Blues Brewery is currently pouring Fire Krötch Kölsch, brewed with ginger and cayenne.
  • Catawba taps an American Light Lager on Thursday, June 28, at both of its Asheville taprooms.
  • On Friday, June 29, Urban Orchard Cider Co. releases its annual Boys of Summer (6 percent ABV) cider in honor of Independence Day. The semisweet cider is made with fresh local watermelons and mint.
  • UpCountry starts its Allison’s Creation Station series Friday, June 29, at 5 p.m. Each week at that time, two kegs of two different infused beers by new brewer Allison Carr will be tapped.
  • **NEW** On Friday, June 29, Highland Brewing Co. taps the easy-drinking lager Tastes Like Freedom (5.2 percent ABV) and BeeR Charmer (4.9 percent ABV), a honey pilsner brewed in collaboration with Asheville Bee Charmer with honey sourced from Tasmania.

Special events

  • Asheville Brewers Supply hosts its monthly Brewers Social on Tuesday, June 26, 6-9 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their latest labelled homebrew offerings to share. Pizza from Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. will be provided.
  • The Casual Pint hosts a Craft Room Growlers reunion party on Wednesday, June 27, 6-10 p.m. Alan Lowe, former owner/operator of the now closed taproom, will be in attendance to catch up with customers and celebrate one of South Asheville’s pioneering beer businesses.
  • On Wednesday, June 27, 6-9 p.m., Burial and Vivian present a farmhouse dinner at the latter’s River Arts District dining room. The event features the release of the collaborative mixed-culture ale, Saison du Vivian, a light, slightly tart farmhouse beer that will be served exclusivly at Vivian. The dinner features farm fresh food from the Warren Wilson College Farm as well as other local farmers over 6-7 courses, each paired with a different Burial beer. Tickets are $75 per person and includes all the beers and food (tax and gratuity not included). Liquor and wine available separately. Email or call 828-225-3497 to make a reservation.

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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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