Catawba Brewing Co. and the owners of the future Buxton Hall Barbecue are planning a summer series that will offer a taste of what is to come for 32 Banks Ave. when the highly anticipated barbecue restaurant opens in early August. The series of events will offer three nights of whole-hog barbecue, beer and music through June and July. Elliott Moss, self-described “hog cooker/owner” of Buxton Hall, and Shelton Steele, operations manager at Catawba Brewing Co., are two of the people behind this project.
The summer series will be held on three Saturdays, June 20, July 4 and July 25, outside at the South Slope location. The outdoor setting offers views of Mount Pisgah and the sunset as well as a venue for watching Asheville’s Fourth of July fireworks show.
On June 20, the event will feature the Mandelkorn George Project as the musical guest, and on July 4, there will be a seven-hour set by The Jangling Sparrow, Steve Cohen and more followed by a two-hour set by The Cheeksters. The final night will conclude with Fireside Collective, a bluegrass band out of West Asheville.
Catawba Brewing Co. will release two beers in conjunction with the first two events. The first is a session IPA called the Astral Bootie Beer, and the second is a double IPA called the Brewtal IPA.
For the final night, Moss hopes they will be able to cook the hog inside “to season the pit before opening,” he says. Moss and Steele also said Vortex Doughnuts, also at 32 Banks Ave., will be open and serving doughnuts and coffee during the parties.
Each event will begin at 2 p.m. “It’s going to be a great outdoor party. We’re excited to celebrate the building and this outdoor space that we’ve created,” says Steele.