Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Oct. 22-28

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Bottle and can releases

  • Wicked Weed Brewing releases 2019 Dark Arts Imperial Stout and Dark Arts Imperial Stout with Coffee: Aged in Port and Tennessee Whiskey Barrels in 500 milliliter bottles on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Funkatorium. In addition to the two bottled variants, there will be six draft-only variants: Blueberry/Bay leaf/Habanero; Rosemary/Black Cardamom/Orange Zest; Vietnamese Coffee; Pumpkin Spice Late; Smoked Cherry/Coffee; and Carolina Reaper/Chocolate/Coffee/Vanilla/Lactose.
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider releases White Cranberry (4.7% ABV), made with white cranberry juice, on Saturday, Oct. 26. It will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Ginger’s Revenge is currently pouring three small-batch ginger beers: Fall Harvest (5.1% ABV), brewed with roasted pumpkin and cinnamon basil from Barnardsville’s Rayburn Farm and anise hyssop from October Fields in Maine; Blueberry Mosaic (4.9% ABV), made with blueberry juice and dry-hopped with Mosaic; and Elderberry (4.8% ABV), featuring elderberry syrup from Norm’s Farms in Missouri.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. offers a sneak preview of 2019 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA at the back porch bar of its Mills River taproom. A firkin of the beer will be tapped at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to get in line for the “Firkin Challenge” are $1 and can be purchased at any bar prior to joining the line.
  • Catawba Brewing Co. releases Zombie A-POG-alypse on Thursday, Oct. 24, at all four of its taprooms. The twist on the brewery’s White Zombie White Ale is made with passion fruit, blood orange and guava.
  • Urban Orchard Cider Co. celebrates its sixth anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 26, at its South Slope location with Fire Flights featuring six house ciders made with chilis from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods in Candler. The special ciders range from Hopaleño with Citra hops and jalapeño (minimal heat) to Scorpion King with Scorpion peppers (Carolina Reaper) for heat drink enthusiasts.
  • UpCountry Brewing Co. taps “Pineapple Grenade” Pineapple Jalapeño Wheat Beer (4.4% ABV), made with jalapeño, over six pounds per barrel of pineapple puree and hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, on Friday, Oct. 25.

Special events

  • The Whale celebrates the beer of Estonia-based Põhjala Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 26, 6-11:30 p.m. “Põhjalaween” will feature four draft lines and 11 bottle options from the brewery, including a very limited Port Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter brewed in collaboration with Jester King Brewery. Five-ounce pours of each of the bottled beers will be available on a rotating basis, with a different beer opened every half hour.

New taprooms

  • Green Man Brewery hosts the grand opening for its newest taproom — dubbed The Dweller and located at 10 N. Market St. — on Friday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. To mark the occasion, the brewery will release a limited number of bottles of 2013 and 2018 Snozzberry (American Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels), 2017 Bootsy (American Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels), and 2016 Maceo (American Sour Dark Ale with Cherries).

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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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