Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Sept. 11-17

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Bottle and can releases

  • Sideways Farm & Brewery releases Blackberry Blanc on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The ale is fermented on 50 pounds of local blackberries, dry hopped with Hallertau Blanc and finished with a white wine yeast. Bottle sales of it and other in-stock brewery offerings are available 4-7 p.m. daily through Thursday, Sept. 13, and during regular Friday-Saturday taproom hours.
  • Catawba Brewing Co.‘s King Don’s Pumpkin Ale returns to all four of its tasting rooms on Friday, Sept. 14, on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.
  • Burial Beer Co. has a dual can release on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mortal Dimensions of the Spiritual Fresh Hop IPA (6.4 percent ABV) takes the backbone of the brewery’s Surf Wax IPA and adds fresh Cashmere and Chinook hops. Six-packs of 12-ounce cans cost $16. The Brutality of Gazing Into Death DIPA (8.5 percent ABV) is double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Idaho 7, Wai-iti and Cashmere.  Four-packs of 16-ounce cans cost $18.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • Hillman Beer is currently pouring Busta Rinds Watermelon Gose (4.5 percent ABV), made with locally-grown Sugar Baby watermelons.
  • In addition to its aforementioned packaged offerings also being available on draft, Burial has two new offerings this week. Tuesday, Sept. 11, brings Graves of Valor Sour Ale with Carolina Figs (6.3 percent ABV), aged in oak upon grains of paradise, peppercorns, ginger and figs. It’s followed on Wednesday, Sept. 12, by Merciless Disciple Fresh Hop Belgian-style Blonde Ale (6 percent ABV), hopped with Zaazer and Nugget.
  • **NEW** Fermented Nonsense Brewing is currently pouring Unwelcome Guest New England IPA and Midsummer Nights Dream Coconut Rum Coffee Stout.
  • **NEW** On Friday, Sept. 14, Sweeten Creek Brewing taps Hazy IPA.

Special events

  • On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Burial hosts an Off-Topic Convo with Ohio-based Jackie O’s Brewery and Haus Malts, collaborators on the brewery’s next release in its Ambient Terrain Lager Series. Tickets are $10 at the door and include a branded glass to keep, access to the talk and shared beers from Jackie O’s. Tickets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thirsty Monk‘s next Monk Beer Academy class takes place Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Biltmore Park bar. It features a sour beer and food flight pairing, through which participants will explore how the selected flavors are complemented and contrasted. Tickets are $15, includes a food flight and beers for one person and may be reserved online.
  • On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2-10 p.m., Burial hosts Nashville-based Bearded Iris Brewing, representatives from whom will bring some of the brewery’s hoppy beers. The Burial kitchen will be serving its version
    of Nashville Hot Chicken starting at 4 p.m.

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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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