With the launch of his new Weaverville brewery, Zebulon Artisan Ales, former Green Man brewer Mike Karnowski aims to tap into the rich history of brewing and revive beer recipes from ages past.
Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation is seeking competitive talents for its chili cook-off in Brevard. Meanwhile, FEAST and Asheville Middle School team up for a pie fundraiser; MetroWines’ Anita Riley invites two women behind Hi-Wire Brewing’s branding to the shop; Smiling Hara Tempeh’s Hempeh makes its way to grocery shelves; and Lex 18 hosts an Appalachian-themed evening.
**UPDATED NOV. 20** Small batches galore at Burial and Highland, Pisgah’s Chocolatized Vortex II ready for preorder and the return of Shelton Bros. imports.
From potlucks to free community dinners to gourmet, multicourse meals, Asheville-area restaurants have a staggering number of options for those who want to stay out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
Sanctuary Brewing Co. and Full Circle Farm turn the tables on the conventional Thanksgiving dinner by offering an opportunity to meet — not eat — a turkey at this week’s ThanksLiving event.
Hops & Vines is adding a new series to its class lineup. Meanwhile, Trout Lily of Fairview will host its sixth annual Bluegrass Oyster Fest; Ultimate Ice Cream partners with Youth Outright for the month of November; Living Web Farms teaches several donation-based food classes; and Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen adds local beers to its brunch menus.
**UPDATED NOV. 11** Font Flora turns two, Pisgah rolls out a 10th anniversary DIPA and Cold Mountain gets a four-day release.
Hi-Wire is bringing in 15 breweries for a stout-focused battle of the beers. Also, Catawba Brewing Co. announces expansion plans, and Highland Brewing Co. gets set for its annual Cold Mountain Winter Ale release.
**UPDATED NOV. 5** Thirsty Monk launches monthly Beer Academy, Burial and The Junction join forces and Hi-Wire hosts a stout showdown.
In a recent blind tasting, two panels of judges from the French Broad Vignerons determined the top hard ciders for this year’s CiderFest NC competition.
Urban Orchard Cider Co. hosts a free Halloween celebration with entertainment, a costume contest and a special flight of spicy ciders.
**UPDATED OCT. 30** Lookout brings back Jive Turkey, Asheville Brewing does the same with NinjaBread Man and Appalachian Vintner gets creative with s’mores.
Multifaceted food and drink venue Asheville Food Park is now open on Amboy Road. The ambitious project brings a bar, coffee shop and farm market along with a rotating schedule of food trucks and pop-up shops to the historic riverside location.
Atlanta bartender Miles Mcquarrie will team up with Asheville chef Chris Hathcock on Monday, Oct. 26, to host a Midcentury Cocktail Party featuring riffs on cocktail and food classics from the 1950s and 1960s. The party marks the final installment of MG Road’s Libation Migration pop-up series.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. will soon consolidate its entire brewing operation to the downtown Coxe Avenue location — opening up opportunities for more experimentation, more aging and blending possibilities and, ultimately, more beer.
At a recent “research dinner” hosted by Asheville’s Blind Pig Supper Club, the mountains met the coast for a groundbreaking chefs’ collaboration and hands-on exploration of seafood sources.
Chef Justin Burdett’s new downtown restaurant will offer modern interpretations of traditional Appalachian and Southern flavors.
**UPDATED OCT. 21** Brooklyn Brewery returns to the Asheville market in a major way, Wedge releases its first cans and Burial hosts its second Burnpile Harvest Fest.
Fall weather is a great excuse for a day trip, and the areas outside Asheville offer numerous opportunities for adventures of both the active and edible variety.
**UPDATED OCT. 21** Classic Riverside Drive bar Ole Shakey’s is now under the ownership of Charlie Hodge, a leader in Asheville’s craft cocktail community.
With his new restaurant, Zambra chef Adam Bannasch is hoping to create a new neighborhood hangout for East Asheville. Opening dates have been announced!