This weekend in beer: Brewgrass 2015, Four Farms and beyond

Beer Scout can’t cover every event in print, so here’s a handy guide to some upcoming beer- and cider-related happenings.

Want your event listed here? Email with your upcoming events, bottle releases and new taps.



Saturday, Sept. 19

Brewgrass Festival 2015

Tickets are still available for Asheville’s 19th annual Brewgrass Festival ($55)

More than 50 breweries will be on hand at the Asheville Memorial Stadium, sampling beers to the tunes of The Jeff Austin Band, Truth & Salvage Co., Big Daddy Love and the Packway Handle Band.

A portion of proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.

Four Farms at Burial Beer Co.

Four breweries — Burial Beer, Wicked Weed Brewing, Fonta Flora Brewery and Haw River Farmhouse Ales — will be pouring four different farmhouse brews. Each brewery has partnered with chefs who also have a focus on seasonal and local ingredients to create plates to pair with the beers.

The event starts at 2 p.m. with live music from The Asheville Waits Band from 3-6 p.m.

Cost is $5 for a commemorative glass, $4 for food pairings and $3 for beer pours.

A portion of the glassware revenue goes to benefit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Giant Jenga Tournament at Twin Leaf Brewery

Twin Leaf Brewery will host a giant Jenga tournament on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning at 1 p.m.

Prizes include gift cards, growlers, a giant Jenga set and other swag.

Register here to enter the tournament.

Sanctuary Brewing Co.

Sanctuary Brewing is hosting brunch with Ollie the pig on Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will include vegan biscuits and gravy, mimosas, beermosas and French-press coffee.

Beer Releases:

Lookout Brewing Company

Friday, Sept. 18: Sour Beer-B-Q

Lookout Brewing’s Beer-B-Q soured with open fermentation. Smoky notes from a cherrywood-smoked malt, with hints of honey and caramel.

ABV: 7.0%


Burial Beer Co.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — The Prayer Biere d’ Peche

The second release in the fruit-infused Belgian blonde series. A Belgian blonde brewed using pilsner, torrified wheat, vienna, acidulated and honey Malts, candi sugar,  rakau and tettanger hops, aged on 130 pounds of peaches.

ABV: 6.5% OG: 1.057 IBU: 23 Color: Golden

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Beacon Heather Gruit

A small batch gruit-style beer, using heather herbs rather than hops for the bittering process.

ABV: 4% OG: 1.042 IBU: 0 Color: Red

Sunday, Sept. 20 — Smorgasbord Juniper Rye Porter

Small batch porter brewed with rye malt, chocolate rye malt and a variety of black and brown malts. Burial aged this beer on juniper berries in honor of Smoke Signals Bakery’s event, Smorgasbord, a celebration of Scandinavian culture.

ABV: 5% OG: 1.051 IBU: 34 Color: Black


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