Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Nov. 13-19

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Bottle and can releases

  • Burial Beer Co. has a double can release on Friday, Nov. 16. Isn’t Anything Botanical DIPA (8 percent ABV) is brewed in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal and made with paw paws, sumac, pineapple sage, surawang basil and zedoray root and double dry-hopped with Vic’s Secret, Blanc and Galaxy. It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $18. Cocoa Bolo Coconut Brown with French Broad Cocoa Nibs (5.6 percent ABV) will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for $14.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Wedge Brewing Co. is currently pouring three new beers at its Foundation location: Irony Ale IPA (6.3 percent ABV), a bitter, “No Coast”-style IPA hopped with Columbus, New Zealand Cascade and Amarillo; Carrot Cake Ale (5.6 percent ABV), made with carrots, pineapple, vanilla, lactose and spices; and 13 Paces Baltic Porter (8.5 percent ABV).
  • In addition to its packaged releases also being available on draft the day of their release, Burial is currently pouring Nostalgia of the Revenant Brown Ale with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla and Citrus Peel (6 percent ABV) and Ceremony of Exhumation 2018 Cuvee (7 percent ABV).
  • Thirsty Monk Brewery taps a fresh batch of Woodstove Winter Ale (7 percent ABV) on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at both Thirsty Monk locations. The beer is brewed with ginger, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and a hint of vanilla bean.
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 14, UpCountry Brewing Co. taps Old Black Water Baltic Porter (7.9 percent ABV).
  • **NEW** Catawba Brewing Co.releases Brown Bear Nutella (5.2 percent ABV) on Thursday, Nov. 15, at all of its locations. The beer is a version of the brewery’s flagship brown ale, enhanced with cacao nibs and natural hazelnut flavor. Each location will then tap REI S’mores Golden Stout on Sunday, Nov. 18.
  • On Friday, Nov. 16, Highland Brewing Co. taps Escape Goat (5.8 percent ABV), a hoppy Belgian pale ale brewed with Belgian Trappiest yeast and Ekuanot, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, and Wassail House (5.3 percent ABV), a cranberry kettle sour with spices.
  • Ginger’s Revenge releases its sophomore batch of Appalachian Ginger on Friday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. The limited edition brew is made exclusively with ginger from Rayburn Farm in Barnardsville.

Special events

  • **NEW** Bruisin’ Ales releases its supply of Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. The beer will be available in 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles, single 22-ounce bottles and single 750 milliliter swing-top bottles. Customers are invited to call ahead and reserve their desired format and quantity.
  • **NEW** On Friday, Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m., Noble Cider offers a Cider Making 101 take-home project. Kits will be available for $20 and include everything interested parties need to get started with their home cider adventures, including one gallon of fresh-pressed Noble Cider juice. No registration required, but there are only 24 kits that will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The event is part of NC Cider Week. A list of additional Asheville events is available online.
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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com 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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