Sporting events and beer have long been copacetic companions. In the spirit of celebrating athleticism and malted beverages, the Asheville-Buncombe Adult Soccer Association has renamed their annual soccer tournament the Beer City Cup.
On the second day of the tourney, Sunday, Sept. 4, the organization will offer 12-ouncers of at least seven local brews for $1 per cup. The semis and finals will take place at Memorial Stadium from 9 a.m. until late in the evening, though beer won’t be sold until noon (per N.C. state law). Twenty-four teams will compete in the tournament from throughout the state and beyond. “Our goal is to give our brewers a chance to be seen by regional beer drinkers,” says Dave Turner, volunteer co-director of Beer City Cup.
Asheville Brewing, Craggie, Greenman and Pisgah Brewing will each offer one or two beers. Turner says around 1,000 folks play ABASA soccer annually, making Asheville the second largest league in N.C. (after Raleigh). Cheap good beer and sweaty soccer players — sounds like a winner.