Educating Beer City USA: Asheville Beer Talks start Jan. 10

Beer City University starts in a week. Consider it continuing ed when things get underway Jan. 10 at Jack of the Wood “lecture” tavern. Sorry, no scholarships to Beer Talk, an informal discussion led by a panel of Asheville’s beer enthusiast covering a group of topics ranging from: beer education, local happenings, and various other topics of today’s beer world.

Class starts at 7 sharp and will be co-hosted by Anne Fitten Glenn and Trevor Reis. Additional expertise will be on hand from Mike Karnowski, Alex Buerckholtz, Evan Crutchfield, David Keller. Students should come with palates sharpened.

Here’s the announcement from Facebook:

Beer Talk will begin at 7pm on Tuesday Jan 10, 2012 at Jack of the Wood Asheville. Tickets are $10 ADV $15 DOS available at Jack of the Wood Public House 95 Patton Ave. Downtown Asheville N.C. 

Beer Talk is an informal discussion led by a panel of Asheville’s finest beer enthusiast discussing a group of topics ranging from: beer education, local happenings, and various other topics of today’s beer world. 
Jack of the Wood is proud to present the first edition of Beer Talk which will be recorded and aired on

Half of ticket proceeds are being donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue  

We are very excited about our first panel of highly qualified beer industry professionals and aficionados. This panel consists of:

Co-Host: Anne Fitten Glenn — aka “Edgy Mama and Mountain Xpress Brews News Columnist” — writes the bi-weekly Brews News Column for Mountain Xpress. She’s also a frequent contributor to, the National Brewers Association’s online magazine. Glenn has developed and teaches a Beer 101 class for servers and bartenders. She’s a regular “celebrity” beer judge, and occasional home brewer, and a super beer geek. 

Co-Host:Trevor Reis, “Asheville’s 2011 Beer Masters Champion” works as a bartender and tour guide at Highland Brewing Company as well as for Brews Cruise. 

Mike Karnowski has been homebrewing for 25 years, has owned a homebrew shop for 13 years, has worked at several breweries including his current position as assistant brewer for Green Man Brewery where he has been for the last four years. He has also been a guest brewer at Abita Brewery and the Head Distiller at the New Orleans Rum Distillery.

Alex Buerckholtz, “Owner of Hops & Vines” Alex has been homebrewing for almost ten years and has won the Highland Pro-Am Competition two times out of the four times they have held it. 
He also won the Old Hickory Pro-Am in 2010 with his Death By Hops IPA. He has owned and operated Hops & Vines (a retail beer, wine and homebrew shop) for a little over four years and teaches 
homebrew classes (beginner and advance) at his shop at least once a month.

Evan Crutchfield

David Keller

Ticket price includes a flight of hand selected beers for tasting and discussion complemented with a light food pairing prepared by Chef Jason Brian from Jack of the Wood’s kitchen.

Some of the beer selections includes: Highland Cold Mountain, Old Hickory Death By Hops (recipe by panel member Alex Buerckholtz), As well as two other special beers TBA

For any more information on the event, please feel free to contact Richard McSherry at




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As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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