Is it better to hold on to this year’s Cold Mountain and compare it with the 2018 edition or enjoy it now?
Asheville-area breweries share the stories behind their more oddly dubbed releases.
Seasonal favorites are returning to local taprooms, bottle shops and grocery stores.
**UPDATED NOV. 2** Hi-Wire’s Stout Bout Festival returns, Zebulon shares three custom blends made for Tasty Beverage Co. and more local beer news.
UpCountry and Catawba cans incorporate the Brewers Association’s “certified independent craft” seal and will soon be joined by multiple other local breweries.
**UPDATED AUG. 12** Tasty Beverage Co. hosts hosts Terrapin Watermelon Gosefest, Blue Ghost releases Roatan Paradise IPA during a day-long Island Party and more local beer news.
Steve Fechheimer takes over as New Belgium CEO in late August and will visit the company’s Asheville brewery by late September.
The West Asheville brewery expands its production and entertainment offerings.
From holiday brews to books to shampoo, there are plenty of beercentric gifts available in all price ranges.
**UPDATED SEPT. 25** Highland Gaelic Ale cans hit the shelves, Thirsty Monk and French Broad Brewery make a collaborative wheat ale and Bruisin’ Ales hosts a benefit with Olde Hickory for Pints for Prostates.
Three days of festivities followed by nearly a week of locals-only tours will mark the grand opening of New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville facility and the company’s 25th anniversary.
Hi-Wire debuts a DIPA with all local ingredients, Asheville Brewing releases a Lionel Richie-themed saison and more.
New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour stops at Pack Square Park, Sierra Nevada brings the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to its new outdoor amphitheater and Frank Thompson explores Scorsese’s career.
Burial, Zebulon and New Belgium share their selections for the annual gathering of wild and sour ales.
**UPDATED JULY 15** Appalachian Vintner shares rare Olde Hickory kegs and bottles, Bruisin’ Ales hosts three tastings and Thirsty Monk features beers from New Belgium’s Wood Cellar.
The Autism Society of North Carolina’s two-day fundraiser kicks of with a pre-party at Wild Wings Café on Friday, July 22. On the following morning, stand up paddle board racers of all skill levels are invited to complete a 3-mile course on Lake Julian.
Burial ends one bottle series and begins another, Bruisin’ Ales sells Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate and Green Man celebrates 45 years of the Willy Wonka movie with bottles of Snozzberry.
**UPDATED JUNE 23** Wicked Weed Old Fashioned bottles hit local bottle shops, Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park serves as a test site for New Belgium’s ciders and Hi-Wire expands distribution to Georgia.
After years of anticipation, New Belgium Brewing welcomed the public to its Asheville taproom on Monday, May 2.
**UPDATED APRIL 29** Green Man releases Snozzberry, Burial hosts Sharpen the Blades and New Belgium opens its tasting room.
**UPDATED APRIL 15** In this week’s Asheville beer news, Burial Beer Co. releases a small-batch brew to benefit label artist David Paul Seymour’s film effort, Planet of DOOM; Highland Brewing Co. releases its second seasonal of 2016; Pisgah Brewing Co. celebrates its 11th anniversary and more.