Asheville Beer Week turns five

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Cover Design Credit:

Alane Mason

Cover Photography Credit:

the courtesy of Asheville Ale Trail
AVL Beer Week began — of course — over a few beers shared among friends. It now celebrates its fifth year of furthering and supporting Western North Carolina’s craft brewing industry through a host of festivals, events and educational programs. Cheers!


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