Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings May 30-June 5

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Bottle and can releases

  • Wedge Brewing Co. releases 32-ounce cans of Golem Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale (9 percent ABV) on Wednesday, May 31.
  • **NEW** Hi-Wire Brewing unveils White Grape Grisette with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes (5.5 percent ABV) on Saturday, June 3, at its South Slope Specialty Brewery at 12 p.m. The beer was aged in stainless with saison yeast and brettanomyces before being bottle conditioned. 750 milliliter bottles cost $15 each and will see limited distribution.

Small-batch beers

  • Burial Beer Co. unveils Billoceans Hoppy Kolsch with ginger and lime (4.9 percent ABV) on Monday, May 29, and Dawn of Sacred Lands Six Grain Saison (5.5 percent ABV) on Tuesday May 30. A fresh batch of Surf Wax IPA (6.8 percent ABV) arrives on Wednesday, May 31, followed by Dining with Jeff Camp Stout with Peppers (5 percent ABV) on Thursday, June 1, and Feast of Sauda Wild Wit (4.6 percent ABV) — made with secondary fermentation in neutral wine barrels on Persian black lemon, brettanomyces and lactobacillus — on Friday, June 2.
  • On Wednesday, May 31, Wedge releases RAD Red Ale (5.5 percent ABV), a continental European take on a red ale, made with rye and Styrian Golding hops.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. taps a Guava Sour (5.5 percent ABV) — a tart blonde ale soured in the kettle with lactobacillus, followed by a secondary fermentation addition of real guava purée — on Thursday, June 1, at all Catawba locations, as well as a Barrel-Aged Porter (6.8 percent ABV) on Friday, June 2, exclusively at its South Slope brewery. The traditional English-style porter was aged for eight months in fresh bourbon barrels.

Special events

  • Bruisin’ Ales‘ weekly free beer tasting takes place Thursday, June 1, from 5-7 p.m. and features selections from Olde Hickory Brewery. Samples of a Flanders Red ale aged in bourbon barrels and a Wheatwine aged on apricots and brettanomyces will be poured as well as the brewery’s Redeemer Double IPA, Hefeweizen and Pilsner.

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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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