Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Nov. 15-21

Cyclists are invited to meet up for a group ride to help deliver kegs of Wedge Brewing Co.'s and New Belgium Brewing's collaborative Dunkelweizen across the bridge that connects the two breweries as part of the beer's release celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

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Bottle/can releases

  • Twin Leaf Brewery releases bottles of Rosemary IPA (6.4 percent ABV) on Friday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. The seasonal IPA features rosemary from Rayburn Farms and a delicate blend of bright, citrusy hops. Each 500-milliliter bottle costs $9.50.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 19, Burial Beer Co. releases Both Ways India Pale Lager (6.5 percent ABV), its collaboration with Threes Brewing in New York. The hybrid brew features a light pilsner malt base, Burial’s house lager yeast and Saphir and Citra hops. Sales begin at the front bar when the taproom opens at noon; six-packs of 12-ounce cans cost $12.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing releases the first two beers from its Sour and Wild Ale Program on Saturday, Nov. 19, at noon at its South Slope Specialty Brewery. Sour Blonde Ale (7.65 percent ABV; $17) was aged in American oak red wine barrels before being bottle conditioned. Wild Rye IPA (6.75 percent ABV; $13) is a lively, tropical IPA that was aged for six months before being bottle conditioned.

Small-batch beers

  • Starting Tuesday, Nov. 15, Oyster House Brewing Co. has casks of Watch Stone Scotch Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Supermoon Imperial Oyster Stout.
  • Wedge Brewing Co.‘s and New Belgium Brewing‘s collaborative Dunkelweizen (6.3 percent ABV) debuts Tuesday, Nov. 15. Cyclists are welcome to meet at Wedge at 5 p.m. for a group ride delivering the beer to New Belgium, followed by a 6 p.m. release party at Wedge. Both breweries will have the traditional, dark German ale with chocolate and banana notes on draft and $1 of every pint will go to Friends of Connect Buncombe to support greenways in Buncombe County.
  • In addition to Both Ways IPL, Burial Beer Co. taps fresh batches of The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison (5.5 percent ABV) — brewed with wildflower honey, Riverbend Pilsner malt and wheat, a touch of Vienna and honey malt and the addition of a medley of dried herbs and flowers  — on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Scythe Rye IPA (7 percent ABV), made with malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts and hopped with Mosaic, Summit and Chinook, on Thursday, Nov. 17. Both of these brewery mainstays are also available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. debuts Snowbound Winter Warmer on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. A version of King Winterbolt Winter Ale reinterpreted via dry-hopping, the beer will be available at all three Catawba tasting rooms and at the Asheville Community Theatre concession stand Dec. 2-18, during the theater company’s run of the play Snowbound. A portion of the proceeds from each pint sold will be donated to ACT.

Special events

  • **NEW** On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., Catawba Brewing Co. hosts Wild Asheville: An Artful Pairing of Foraged and Farmed Foods in the Rickhouse Bar at its South Slope brewery and tasting room. Chef Rob Starr of the Belly Up food truck has partnered with local educational foraging school, the Wander School, to create a menu sourced from Asheville’s extensive edible offerings and carefully paired with Catawba craft beers. Tickets are $45 per person.
  • Bruisin’ Ales‘ free weekly tasting takes place Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m. and features selections from Foothills Brewing. Samples of Torch Czech-Style Pilsner, Eureka IPA, Frostbite American Black Ale, Seeing Double Imperial IPA and People’s Porter will be poured.
  • The downtown Thirsty Monk hosts a Whole Cone Hop Takeover with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on Thursday, Nov. 17. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Kate Lloyd (IPA Tour and Beer Geek Tour guide at the Mills River brewery) spearheads a guided tasting of six Sierra Nevada beers, serving them up with fresh whole-cone hops used in the brewing process to highlight the aromatic and flavor characteristics found in each one. Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA (accompanied hops: Experimental 331), Harvest Single Hop IPA (accompanied hops: Neomexicanus), Harvest Brewers Select IPA (accompanied hops: Eukanot), Estate IPA (accompanied hops: Citra), Northern Hemisphere Harvest (accompanied hops: Cascade) and Celebration Ale (accompanied hops: Centennial) will be on tap. Spiegelau glassware will also be given away while supplies last.

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