Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Sept. 30-Oct. 5

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Bottle/can releases

  • Burial Beer Co.: As of Tuesday, Sept. 29, cans of Skillet Donut Stout are back. Made with Counter Culture Coffee, this batch of the fan favorite will not last long at the brewery’s taproom or local retailers.
  • Burial Beer Co.: Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. Harvest Moon debuts, the ninth bottle release (of 12) in the brewery’s year long moon series. It’s a 6.5 percent ABV Belgian blonde aged on fresh watermelon and mint harvested from Burial’s own taproom gardens. As with the series’ other releases, the 750- milliliter bottle is adorned with trinkets representing the moon as well as a scroll with an original poem by Eddie Cabbage and notes about the beer and moon by head brewer Tim Gormley. $16 each with a limit of two bottles per person.
  • Asheville Brewing Co.: As of Friday, Oct. 2, Mint Berry Rocket is available in an extremely limited bottle release (100, to be exact) at the Coxe Ave. location. The beer is an infusion of ABC’s Rocket Girl Lager with fresh mint and organic raspberries. All proceeds from the $10, 22-ounce bottle sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending breast cancer forever. Mint Berry Rocket is also available on draft at both locations and $1 from each pint will benefit Susan G. Komen.

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Small-batch beers

  • Burial Beer Co.: Monday, Sept. 28, one keg of salted-caramel Skillet Donut Stout will be released in the taproom.
  • Asheville Brewing Co.: Dry-hopped sour blonde on Thursday, Oct. 1, at all ABC locations. From the brewery’s Facebook page: “We soured the wort for this beer for 3 days in our kettle before fermenting, creating a tart refreshing Blonde Ale. Then we lightly dry hopped it with some of the fruitiest hops we have in our cooler. A little hoppy aroma goes a long way to compliment this sour ale.” ABV: 5.6 percent; SRM: 3; IBU: 5; Dry hops: Nelson Sauvin
  • Wedge Brewing Co. and Burial Beer Co. will release Excavator a collaboration beer at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in Burial’s taproom that, according to Wedge’s Facebook page, is a “Belgian Triple brewed with 90 pounds of honey from Haw Creek Honey, Riverbend Malthouse wheat, Carolina Ground cracked red wheat, and an ample, late addition of Amarillo hops. $2 per full pour to will be donated to benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe, which supports the implementation of the City and County Greenways and Trail Plans to develop a system of connected pedestrian and bike pathways for public use.”
  • Urban Orchard Cider Co.‘s current seasonal offerings are its Oktoberfest cider (a crisp, dry and clean cider developed from a year aged lager yeast) and Pineapple/Lavender cider (a tropical and slightly aromatic semi-sweet cider). Two new ciders will be tapped next week.
  • Burial Beer Co.‘s Horehound ESB (6 percent ABV) is available in its taproom as of Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Rare kegs

  • Appalachian Vintner: Oskar Blues Brewery‘s brandy barrel-aged Ten Fidy imperial stout and Westbrook Brewing Co. Citrus Ninja DIPA.

Special events

  • The Thirsty Monk is having a Pumpkin Tap Takeover on Thursday, Oct. 1, at two of its locations. Among the offerings at the Biltmore Park bar are Uinta Crooked Line Oak Jack’dFoothills Cottonwood PumpkinHeavy Seas Great’er PumpkinBig Boss Harvest Time and Terrapin Pumpkin Fest. The Reynolds Village bar will be pouring Southern Tier PumkingCatawba Brewing Original King Don’sAviator PumpkinbeastDoc’s Pumpkin Spiced Cider and more. The downtown bar will have its own event Oct. 8.
  • Bruisin’ Ales starts off its fall tasting season on Thursday, Oct. 1, by hosting an event with New Belgium Brewing to introduce the new recipe for the brewery’s classic Abbey Ale. Also featured will be Slow Ride Session IPA, Pumpkick, a spiced pumpkin ale with cranberries and lemongrass, and Transatlantique Kriek, a lambic aged on cherries brewed in collaboration with Oud Beersel. The tasting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Bruisin’ Ales.
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