Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings: May 8-14

Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.
Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.

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Bottle and can releases

  • Burial Beer Co. releases two cans starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, with a third can available on Friday, May 11. First up is the debut of The Expulsion of Devils, an 8 percent ABV double IPA brewed with osmanthus flowers, honey and double dry-hopped with Citra, Wai-Iti and Motueka hops. Next is Blade and Sheath (6 percent ABV), a traditionally step-mashed saison naturally carbonated in the fermenter, brewed with wheat, Riverbend Malt House two-row and six-row malts and hopped with Grungeist and Calyspo. Finally, on Friday, May 11, Haysaw, a 6.2 percent ABV saison brewed with Riverbend Malt’s barley and wheat, old-world kilned malts and Noble hops, makes its return. Expulsion of Devils and Haysaw will be available in 16-ounce cans while Blade and Sheath will be in 12-ounce cans, with all three beers pouring on draft.
  • Highland Brewing Co. releases Half Yüszch, a Czech-style pilsner brewed in collaboration with the band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, in limited edition cans designed by local artist Drew Findley at the brewery on Thursday, May 10, in advance of the Nathaniel Rateliff concert in the Highland Meadow on Friday, May 11. This 4.5 percent ABV pilsner was brewed with Weyerman pilsner malt and Saaz hops. From each beer sold, $1 will support The Marigold Project, a foundation established by Nathaniel Rateliff to address issues of economic and social justice.

Small-batch beers

  • **NEW** Eurisko Beer Co. is currently pouring two new small-batch beers, with a third tapped on Wednesday, May 9. Currently available are Terms of Endearment (6.7 percent ABV), a dry-hopped farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with Divine Barrel of Charlotte, and Fashion Suicide (8 percent ABV), a hazy double IPA hopped with Citra and Simcoe. the newest beer is  Weißbier (4.9 percent ABV) a traditional German-style hefeweizen.
  • In addition to its can releases, Burial taps an additional small-batch beer on draft this week. On Wednesday, May 9, Peel Back the Dead Earth, a 5 percent ABV brett saison brewed in collaboration with New York’s Transmitter Brewing, makes its debut. This farmhouse collaboration was brewed with North Carolina barley and wheat, filtered through a bed of hay and aged on wheatgrass, honeysuckle, rose hips and rose petals, then aged in neutral red-wine barrels and bottle-conditioned with brettanomyces.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing Co. taps its small-batch, draft-only Brut IPA (7.9 percent ABV) on Friday, May 11, at its South Slope taproom. This highly-attenuated experimental IPA was hopped with Citra and Amarillo and has an uncharacteristically low bitterness of 20 IBUs.

Special events

  • The May edition of Monk Beer Academy will take place on Tuesday, May 8, starting at 7 p.m. at Thirsty Monk‘s Biltmore Park location. This month, host Jeremiah Tracy will lead a discussion focused on beer and cheese pairings. Tickets are available here.
  • Burial hosts its first Moonlit Art Market of the year 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. A sale showcasing local arts and crafts, Moonlit Art Markets will be held the second Wednesday of each month until October.
  • **NEW** On Thursday, May 10, Black Cloud will be offering special drink prices on Against the Grain Brewing‘s Anaconda Verde Green Lager with Citrus and Ginger and Botanist and Barrel‘s Dry Hopped Cider to coincide with the Asheville Film Society’s Thursday Horror Picture Show Screening of “The Wicker Man.”
  • On Friday, May 11, Brusin’ Ales spotlights a selection of staff-favorite German beers with a free tasting 5-7 p.m. The list of beers being sampled includes the new Weihenstephaner and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. collaboration weissbier BraupaktRitterguts GoseKulmbacher EKU 28 doppelbock, Aecht Urbock rauchbier and Uerige Jrön Grünhopfen-Sticke wet-hopped altbier.
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