**UPDATED FEB. 8** Sweeten Creek offers a new beer as its first crowler release, Burial celebrates Mardi Gras and the launch of its Ambient Terrain series and more local beer news.
The family-friendly nature of Asheville area breweries has drawn criticism, but it remains a key part of the local industry’s identity.
**UPDATED JAN. 6** Sierra Nevada, Burial and Catawba release new beers, and Cliff Mori teaches two classes in the coming week
While Beer Flavors 101 was developed to contribute an educational component to this year’s Asheville Beer Week festivities, the purpose of the event is to engage novices and experts alike without intimidating those new to tasting techniques and terminology.
**UPDATED: JAN. 9** Lookout offers crowlers, Sanctuary rolls out three new beers and certified cicerones give free presentations.