There are lots of special beer releases and fun festivals coming up in late August and September, as always. Some of my favorite beers are released this time of year – Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin beers, wet hopped ales and more. I’m salivating just thinking about the crisp carbonation and warm spices of fall. Oktoberfest beers […]
Asheville recently garnered even more beer-related accolades on top of the online Beer City-poll win and the big breweries opening facilities in the area. It's almost a given that we're a not-to-be-missed beer destination at this point. Not to put any pressure on you local brewers, but y’all get on it and keep putting out […]
Oskar Blues warehouse shuffle Oskar Blues Brewery announced earlier this year that it would open a new brewery and taproom in little ol’ Brevard. Originally it was set for a warehouse on Railroad Avenue, but that’s changed. The new location will be 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, says Chad Melis, Oskar Blues’ marketing director. There will […]
Local brewers taste Sierra Nevada Beer Camp A number of WNC’s brewers and brewery owners were recently invited to Chico, Calif., to attend a special session of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, organized by Terrence Sullivan, Sierra’s brewmaster and field educator. This spring, Sierra Nevada announced that it will open a second facility in Mills […]
Altamont to brew soon The Altamont Brewing Company boys deserve some kind of medal for persistence. Since they first formulated their business plan, their primary goal has been to brew craft beer. And, after a year and a half of running a rustic but popular bar in West Asheville, brewer Gordon Kear and business partner […]
Wicked Weed, indeed The name of the newest brewery to announce plans to open in Asheville will be Wicked Weed Brewing — but it’s not what you think. Supposedly, Henry VIII banned the use of hops, and referred to them as “a wicked and pernicious weed.” Brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and partner Ryan Guthy […]
Welcome to Asheville Beer Week Asheville Beer Week guides should still be floating around town. By the time this column goes to print, the inaugural 11-day “week” will be halfway over. If you’re late to the party, you can find more information at http://www.ashevillebeerweek.com and the Asheville Beer Week Facebook page. The third celebration of […]
It was a sweltering Saturday; music was thumping, people were drinking beer out of tiny plastic cups and the fire marshal came. Frat-house keg party? Hardly. The Just Economics Just Brew It Homebrew Fest was a smashing — or smashed — success.
It’s Beer Week — soak up all that booze with a little food, OK? Here are a few options.
Catch the big reveal at the Wedge on Thursday, May 31.
Lots of cities have one. Beer City, USA, however, didn’t. So some folks who love beer (a lot) decided we wanted one. Thus was born Asheville Beer Week. Over a number of pitchers of local brew, several regional beer-industry people brainstormed about what we wanted the inaugural AVL Beer Week to look like.
Representatives from the Longmont, Colo. brewery announced last night in a press release that they’ll open a location in Brevard, N.C.
New Belgium on the Asheville map Lots of folks are still reeling from New Belgium’s announcement on April 5 that the company will build its second brewery in the River Arts District. And I mean that in a good way — I’ve been seeing lots of celebratory Fat Tire and Shift Pale Lager being quaffed […]
Green Man update, ABA community love, The Trailhead Restaurant, and HeadWaters Brewing Company
Green Man Brewing’s new game plan Green Man Brewing is still planning to expand, but the brewery is no longer going to do so in a warehouse off Swannanoa River Road. The proposed renovations on that space were going to be too costly, according to Green Man owner Dennis Thies. However, have no fear; the […]
Oscar Wong wins NC’s small-business person of the year Oscar Wong, president and founder of Highland Brewing Co., Asheville’s first legal brewery, is North Carolina’s Small-Business Person of the Year. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers the award to one person from each state annually. “It’s an honor and a reflection of our being in […]
Hash House Harriers raise cash for American Heart Association More than 80 drinkers with a running problem showed up at Asheville Brewing Company last month to raise money for the American Heart Association. The group’s annual Red Dress Run raised $430 for heart health. The Asheville Hash House Harriers organized in 2008, although there are […]
Feb. 17, morning… A red-tailed hawk circles high above Asheville City Hall, basking in the rising sun. Still in the shadow of the mountain, the Occupy Asheville encampment is stirring. Some campers peer out from their tents. Others are already sorting their belongings, preparing for the noon departure deadline. Asheville native John Penley, a longtime […]
Ride the Bar Hopper For the cost of a pint of beer, you can catch a shuttle ride from bar to bar throughout downtown and West Asheville (and it’s a helluva lot less expensive than a DUI). The Asheville Bar Hopper shuttle started ferrying beer lovers around town on Feb. 2. The bus runs Thursdays […]
The Asheville Bar Hopper shuttle service has launched — interest is high, but so far riders are scarce.
Here’s Green Man Brewery’s head brewer John Stuart in Xpress’ ongoing “know your local brewers” interview series. Green Man Brewery was established in 1997 as the in-house brewery for Jack of the Wood pub. Former owners Joe Eckert and Joan Cliney-Eckert moved the brewing operations to a small warehouse on Buxton Avenue in 2005, adding […]