**UPDATED APRIL 29** Green Man releases Snozzberry, Burial hosts Sharpen the Blades and New Belgium opens its tasting room.
What does a catchphrase like “sustainable tourism” mean here in Western North Carolina? How do you make it work at the ground level? Local businesses, organizations and public officials weigh in on what such a model might look like in the region.
Matt Addis says he started dreaming of opening a brewery almost immediately after he brewed his first beer. Now that dream is about to become a reality as he and Jonathan Myers prepare to open Habitat Tavern and Commons in May. “I fell in love with brewing in a way that I hadn’t with anything else,” Addis says […]
The founders of Alchemy aim to make classical Chinese medicine part of daily life; The Community Table plans an Empty Bowl fundraiser to sustain its operations; Chef Rhabb Seymour of Udderly Not Cheese creates vegan cheese dishes for a wine pairing event; and Mojo Kitchen & Lounge plans an intricate beer dinner.
**UPDATED: APRIL 23** Sister Bad Habit Ale makes its annual return, Highland releases its International Women’s Day collaboration beer and Asheville breweries medal at the Tennessee Championship of Beer.
A rezoning arrangement with the city of Asheville will allow the downtown bar and restaurant to offer outdoor dining and lunch service starting in May.
The second in a two-part series on barrel aging heads east to Catawba County and visits a couple of neighborhood cellars to explore how Asheville area brewers are using oak and spirit vessels.
On Saturday, April 16, Shovels & Rope headlines a new food-focused Oskar Blues REEB Ranch festival that features a showdown among 18 local food trucks.
In its 12th year, the Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival offers opportunities for learning, networking and nibbling free bread; Villagers hosts a class on growing vegetables in Asheville; and Chestnut’s culinary team plans a dinner to showcase the wines of a new favorite Carolina vineyard.
**UPDATED APRIL 15** In this week’s Asheville beer news, Burial Beer Co. releases a small-batch brew to benefit label artist David Paul Seymour’s film effort, Planet of DOOM; Highland Brewing Co. releases its second seasonal of 2016; Pisgah Brewing Co. celebrates its 11th anniversary and more.
As an in-and-out kind of place to grab a fresh sandwich, a jar of Lusty Monk mustard, a to-go pint of ice cream from The Hop or a couple of Buchi kombuchas (sounds like a fun night!), Lexington Corner Market will add a new facet to the mix of merchants downtown.
Now in its third season, Bend and Brew unites craft beer tastings and discussions with yoga sessions at Asheville breweries.
In addition to cheeses, meats, breads, jams and other artisan foods, Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest offers demonstrations on milking, butter-churning and mozzarella-making, plus kids activities and educational pairing workshops. The festivities are Sunday, April 24, at Highland Brewing Co.
**UPDATED APRIL 8** Pink Boots Asheville unveils its collaboration gose, Urban Orchard releases its first bottle and Highland adds a year-round pilsner.
**UPDATED APRIL 4** Hi-Wire releases the first two batches of its Single Barrel Series, Burial shares its National Women in Beer Day creation and Bruisin’ Ales hosts a Dogfish Head Record Store Day event.
Partnering with the Foothills Conservancy and Lake James State Park, Fonta Flora has bought historic farmland near Nebo with plans to become Western North Carolina’s first true farmhouse brewery.
**UPDATED: MARCH 23** Zebulon releases Batch #3, Asheville Brewing makes a commemorative Silence of the Lambs sour red ale and Basic Brewing opens in Hendersonville.
On Saturday, April 2, Asheville’s Blind Pig Supper Club will bring together star chefs, including Raleigh’s Ashley Christensen, to present The Best Dinner of My LIfe, a fundraiser for Asheville yoga instructor and physical therapist Ryan Conrad, who is battling pancreatic cancer.
A new downtown coffee shop aims to create a hub for community building and social justice in the wake of Waking Life.
New eatery HenDough has maxed out its kitchen serving fried chicken and imaginative doughnuts to Hendersonville residents; Oakley Farmers Market is moving to a new location; Black Mountain Ciderworks is celebrating the release of two new drinks; and the date is set for the first Folkmoot Music Showcase and Spring BBQ.
**UPDATED MARCH 20** Twin Leaf and Burial both hold dual bottle releases, Hi-Wire Man Eater returns and Bhramari unveils a new IPA.