**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.
Peak energy demand will determine the capacity of Duke Energy’s planned upgrades at the company’s Lake Julian power plant, according to speakers at a panel discussion on WNC’s future energy needs on Feb. 3. Speakers stressed the importance of partnerships between Duke Energy, local government and community partners to reduce demand and delay or eliminate a third new natural gas-fired generation unit planned for the Lake Julian site.
Six local breweries were awarded the Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion Award Monday afternoon for their leadership in bringing solar energy to Western North Carolina and the brewing industry.
**UPDATED NOV. 11** Font Flora turns two, Pisgah rolls out a 10th anniversary DIPA and Cold Mountain gets a four-day release.
The Asheville Wine and Food Festival’s Essence features showdowns among local chefs and mixologists; it’s time for Food Truck Friday at Reynolds Village; two local breweries collaborate to support Asheville greenways and more.
From five-course dinners to small-plate samplings, Western North Carolina chefs and brewers are pairing up their bites and brews