Oskar Blues spokesman Aaron Baker reflects on five years of the brewery’s canned beer festival, held this year Aug. 10-12.
Winter Warmer takes a year off while AVL Beer Expo and other events tweak their offerings.
The region’s only canned craft beer festival features dozens of canning breweries, live music and outdoor sports, July 21-22 at Oskar Blues’ REEB Ranch space in Transylvania County.
North Carolina has always had a complicated relationship with alcohol. However, alcohol has consistently been an economic driver in North Carolina, as it still is, with 130 craft breweries as of 2014 – the most of any Southern state. As the craft brewing industry in the region grows into a multimillion-dollar business, the desire to review the statutes and improve communication with state officials has come to the forefront.
Dozens of canning breweries from around the country will be at the Friday and Saturday, July 17-18 event; there’s running, paddling, riding and dirt-jumping and live music. Presumably any of those activities can be accompanied by a canned adult beverage.
Fonta Flora Brewery’s Todd Boera has made it his mission to brew with local ingredients. He’s one of the biggest advocates for using Riverbend Malt House’s barley, wheat and rye. He also forages for special additions to his beers. So it’s not surprising that the brewery’s festival, State of Origin, shares the same theme.