**UPDATED MAY 10** Asheville Brewing and Cigar City combine forces for the Collaboratory’s first release, Bhramari and The Whale work together on a blue Berliner-Weisse and more local beer news.
From a chocolate-making class to a drag show brunch, the Asheville area has plenty of ways to make Mother’s Day exciting.
Jacob Sessoms joins forces with Wicked Weed Brewing. Also: Cinco de Mayo events, Curragh Chase pop-ups, Early Girl Eatery heads to North Asheville and more local food news.
**UPDATED MARCH 27** Twin Leaf and Archetype collaborate on an amber lager with locally-sourced ingredients, UpCountry’s head brewer honors his newborn son with an imperial stout and more local beer news.
Sanctuary Brewing Co. hosts its fourth annual Puppy Bowl. Also: Super Bowl chili cook-off at Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop; First Friday Fish Fry; and plenty more.
**UPDATED JAN. 25** Oskar Blues launches its Can-O-Bliss IPA Series, The Whale welcomes Fat Orange Cat Brewing Co. to town and more local beer news.
**UPDATED NOV. 21** Special Thanksgiving week and Black Friday events abound throughout the area.
**UPDATED SEPT. 21** Archetype releases its first cans, One World West holds a weekend-long grand opening and more local beer news.
**UPDATED AUG. 30** Oskar Blues celebrates the return of Ten FIDY with flights of five variants, Archetype’s brewers lead a blind tasting and more local beer news.
**UPDATED AUG. 15** Sanctuary turns three, Burial collaborates with Blackberry Farm and more local beer news.
**UPDATED AUG. 9** Fermented Nonsense and Sideways officially open, Thirsty Monk celebrates the release of Sierra Nevada’s latest Oktoberfest and more local beer news.
**UPDATED AUG. 2** The Bruisin’ Ales staff shares some favorite Canadian craft brews, The Whale celebrates the end of Grimm’s gypsy ways and more local beer news.
**UPDATED JULY 27** Hi-Wire celebrates its fifth anniversary, One World taps three new IPAs and more local beer news.
Wedge turns 10, Catawba releases a DIPA inspired by the Pritchard Park Drum Circle and more local beer news.
**UPDATED JULY 12** Highland releases the first beer from its barrel program, Tasty Beverage hosts an Allagash Wild Beer Roundup and more local beer news.
New restaurants and other dining options are making Hendersonville a new vegan hot spot.
Author and PBS television host Laura Theodore discusses her latest cookbook and new restaurant. Also: Fermenti offers free tastings; Folkmoot celebrates Appalachian culture and cuisine; outdoor tailgate markets return; Rise Above Deli expands; and Early Girl Eatery finds new owners.
At least five Asheville area breweries and one cidery host regular yoga classes.
Hendersonville students and residents turned out for the city’s March for Our Lives on March 24, lending their activism to events held elsewhere in Western North Carolina and around the country.
Although many of the region’s community-minded food businesses and breweries are known for their support of charities and causes, some were designed from the very beginning with a higher calling in mind.
Many WNC breweries consider live music to be a main component of their taproom offerings.