Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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Bottle and can releases

  • Burial Beer Co. has three canned releases this week. Tin Cup Camp Stout (5 percent ABV), brewed this season with Counter Culture Coffee’s Idido Washed Ethipian coffee beans, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $13. Then on Friday, Sept. 28, Dawn for the Departed IPA (6.2 percent ABV), a collaboration with Nashville’s Bearded Iris Brewing that’s double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Cashmere, Enigma and select Citra, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $16, and Fresh Hop Shadowclock Pilsner Lager (5.5 percent ABV), hopped with newly-picked Zuper Zaazer from Michigan’s Hop Head Farms, will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans for $13.
  • **NEW** Bhramari Brewing Co. releases Wandering Vestige on Saturday, Sept. 29, in 500 milliliter bottles. The mixed culture Belgian-style Tripel was brewed in collaboration with Newgrass Brewing Co. and aged for a year in Southern Artisan Spirits barrels on North Carolina grown Scuppernong grapes.

Small-batch beers and ciders

  • On Wednesday, Sept. 26, UpCountry Brewing Co. releases Yammy Lager.
  • Thirsty Monk Brewery releases Trail Monk IPA on Thursday, Sept. 27, at its Biltmore Park location. It’s brewed with Pilsner malt, red wheat, oats and roasted chestnuts to create a hazy, burnt-orange color reminiscent of fall leaves, then hopped with Cascade, EKG, Lemondrop and Hersbrucker, fermented with the brewery’s house Belgian yeast and features an addition of maple syrup after fermentation. The beer is the first in Thirsty Monk’s Karma Series, featuring a new beer each quarter to support nonprofit efforts
    that align with the company’s values. $1 from every full pour sold benefits the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s “Find Your Pint” campaign.
  • **NEW** Catawba Brewing Co. releases a Bock on Thursday, Sept. 27, at all four of its taprooms.
  • Appalachian Vintner taps Namaste Hazed, a double dry-hopped New England IPA — brewed in collaboration with Eurisko Beer Co. on Friday, Sept. 28.
  • **NEW** Highland Brewing Co. taps Festbier on Friday, Sept. 28. The lager was brewed with all German hops and malt for a beer that is slightly lighter than the brewery’s more traditional Clawhammer Märzen.
  • Archetype Brewing Co. releases its Festbier on Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon in limited edition 20-ounce branded beer steins.

Special events

  • **NEW** On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. founder Ken Grossman and second-generation brewer Brian Grossman will rebrew Life & Limb with Dogfish Head Brewery’s founder and President Sam Calagione and Vice President Mariah Calagione at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River. The breweries previously made the beer in 2009 and 2011. It’s described as “a 10 percent ABV strong, dark beer brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewery in Chico.” That same evening, the collaborators will host a Meet the Brewers event 6-8 p.m. at Sierra Nevada’s newly opened riverside venue, Lower Park.  Samples of the last remaining vintage keg of Life & Limb will be poured at the free event. Life & Limb III will hit the market in February 2019.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing hosts its Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 29, noon-5 p.m. Multiple Oktoberfest beers will be released and costumes are encouraged. More information is available online.

Accolades

  • Multiple area breweries earned medals over the weekend in Denver at the Great American Beer FestBearWaters Brewing Co.‘s Pink Passionfruit Sour took home a Gold in the Fruited American-Style Sour Ale category; Appalachian Mountain Brewery‘s Lager won Gold in the American-Style Lager or American-Style Malt Liquor category; Hillman Beer‘s ESB got a Silver among Extra Special Bitters; and Thirsty Monk‘s Abby Blonde won a Bronze in the Belgian & French-Style Ale Category.
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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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