Just Economics Executive Director Vicki Meath discusses the homebrew festival’s legacy and return to Beer Week.
AVL Beer Week co-coordinators Joanna Postlethwaite Brown and Katie Smith discuss the long road to bringing back in-person events.
Chris Frosaker discusses what goes on behind-the-scenes in Hi-Wire’s expansions while the Sierra Nevada sustainability team offers an update on its work.
Asheville’s second oldest brewery — and first on the South Slope — turns 25 while Pabst Blue Ribbon honors local artist Hannah Bunzey’s can design.
Soul Food Supper returns to help celebrate Black History Month. Also: Hi-Wire Brewing celebrate Mardi Gras with a special beer release; Murasaki Asheville opens in Arden; and more!
The decision for many to forgo alcohol poses challenges when it comes to socializing. For some, the recent boom in the nonalcoholic beer industry provides a tasteful way to participate in a beer-saturated city. For others, the new brews, which are nearly identical in taste to the real thing, are viewed as too tempting to try.
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.