The West Asheville brewery seeks to reward its most loyal customers while Highland gives back to hospitality industry colleagues.
The circus-themed suds slinger goes where no brewery has gone before and a beloved Fairview personality gets a shot at stardom.
Catawba employees navigate distrust in the workplace, Hoppy Trees opens in Weaverville and Chemist collaborates with Green Man on a whiskey.
After more than a year of lockdowns and hesitant restarts, the Madison County college town of Mars Hill is feeling the effects of shifting trends. “People have decided they want to have a less congested life but still have access to restaurants and shopping,” notes real estate agent Angela Morgan.
Two very different yet beloved events are back, along with a new study that gauges the area brewing industry’s economic impact.
Andrew Ross and Jesse Van Note discuss The Whale’s second Asheville location, and 12 Bones’ Brandon Audette connects with patrons via Instagram videos.
The former lawyer shares his cinematic route to brewing, the Asheville Brewers Alliance collaborates with its Pittsburgh equivalent and a WNC native pens a beer-heavy detective novel.
Certain safety precautions remain in place despite the lifting of statewide restrictions.
To help reduce industry waste, Sierra Nevada has partnered with American Recycling of Western North Carolina to create the WNC Brewery Recycling Cooperative, a drop-off site in Candler.
Hi-Wire Brewing’s N.C. Small Batch Beer Festival returns with a different look. Also, new releases, reopenings and expansions.
Bhramari Brewing Co., Green Man Brewery. Zillicoah Beer Co. and DSSOLVR will be featured in the second season of “Crafted,” a series on Amazon Prime and Facebook Watch. Also: Thirsty Thursday on hold; Capitalize the B campaign celebrates Black History Month; and more.
This past December, Big Pillow Brewing hosted its soft opening, making it the third craft brewery in Madison County, joining the Mad Co. Brew House in Marshal and the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery in the restored Mars Hill Theatre in Mars Hill.
Blue Ridge Community College’s brewing program will host a virtual beer tasting on Friday, Jan. 29.
Barn Door Ciderworks opens in Fairview, Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery expands to Mars Hill and Highland goes into hibernation.
Jeff “Puff” Irvin, chair of A-B Tech’s department of brewing, distillation and fermentation, looks back on his career.
Co-founders Mark Goodwin and Harrison Fahrer discuss their vision for West Asheville’s newest brewery, which is slated for a Feb. 2021 opening.
Noblebräu is up and running in Brevard, Archetype opens its rooftop deck and New Origin readies for a February opening.
Spacious outdoor areas have helped keep Homeplace, Innovation, Whiteside and Mad Co. in business, though mask noncompliance from tourists has offered occasional challenges.
Erin Jordan, head brewer at Archetype Brewing, says she is thankful for family and a safe work environment.
Area breweries are used to the challenges of winter, but added difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic have many in the industry extra concerned.
Jon and Carrieann Schneider, owners of Sideways Farm & Brewery, are grateful for each other and the region’s collaborative spirit.