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

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Bottle and can releases

  • Twin Leaf Brewery releases I Am The Magic Man Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Stout (5.9% ABV) on Friday, Oct. 11, in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft. This year’s batch features 200 pounds of pumpkin, 100 pounds of local butternut squash and 50 pounds of local candy roaster squash, all “slow-roasted for several hours in a huge fire pit at Barnardsville-based Rayburn Farms.”
  • Archetype Brewing releases PTA Bake Sale Blueberry Saison (6.6% ABV) on Saturday, Oct. 12. The brewery’s first small batch bottle release was fermented for five weeks with local organic blueberries and a touch of vanilla, then primed with freshly-squeezed Meyer lemon juice to bottle condition for bright effervescence. Only 99 bottles (500 milliliters) of the one-time brew will be available.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Pisgah Brewing Co. releases LEAF Session IPA, hopped with Centennial and Mandarina-Bavaria, on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
  • Sanctuary Brewing Co. taps Danktuary Vol. 2 (9% ABV), an Imperial Hazy IPA made with Hothead Kveik yeast and triple dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo, on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
  • Fermented Nonsense Brewing releases Perleficent, a West Coast-style IPA, dry-hopped with Perle, on Friday, Oct. 11.
  • Mica Town Brewing taps Candy Corn Cream Ale and Pumpkin Porter on Friday, Oct. 11.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing celebrates the Funkatorium’s fifth anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 12, with the release of Cultura, the first beer in its Spontaneous Blend Series.
  • Eluvium Brewing Co. hosts an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 12, and will be pouring a Dortmunder Export Lager, Kolsch and Lemon Blueberry Berliner Weisse in addition to its regular tap list.
  • **NEW** UpCountry Brewing Co. is currently pouring Chai Amber (5.9% ABV), hopped with Cascade and Fuggle, and will tap Nick’s Picks, Mae’s ESB (6% ABV), the first in a series of collaborations with Nick’s Tavern & Deli in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Special events

  • The Whale hosts a tap takeover of New York breweries on Thursday, Oct. 10. Selections from Finback Brewery, Interboro Spirits and AlesPlan Bee Farm Brewery and Grimm Artisanal Ales will be poured.
  • The seventh annual CiderFest NC is set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at Carrier Park. More information is available here.
  • Burial Beer Co.‘s Burnpile Harvest Fest takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Forestry Camp. More details are available here.

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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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