**UPDATED MAY 6** Burial hosts its fourth annual Sharpen the Blades Saison Fest, Thirsty Monk collaborates with Nine Mile and French Broad Chocolates and more Asheville beer news.
Thirsty Monk’s Open Brewing becomes a coffee pub while the chain’s efforts to purchase French Broad Brewing Co. continue.
**UPDATED DEC. 29** Asheville area breweries close out 2016 and ring in 2017 with new beers.
**UPDATED DEC. 18** Thirsty Monk gets in the Star Wars spirit, Twin Leaf collaborates with Friends of the Smokies and more.
**UPDATED NOV. 4** Zebulon releases a pure pumpkin beer, Green Man honors Roland Knoll and the U.S. Cellular Center hosts the Asheville on Tap festival.
**UPDATED OCT. 22** Bhramari releases its Big Le”Stout”ski Oaked White Russian Stout, Burial begins its long-term partnership with the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans and Wicked Weed’s Dark Arts returns.
**UPDATED OCT. 5** Burial and Fonta Flora release a collaborative IPA, pumpkin beers take over all three Thirsty Monks and Asheville Brewing honors Putin’s wild side with a Baltic Porter.
**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.
**UPDATED: APRIL 23** Sister Bad Habit Ale makes its annual return, Highland releases its International Women’s Day collaboration beer and Asheville breweries medal at the Tennessee Championship of Beer.
“We¹ve been hard at work over the past year assembling what we consider the ‘Dream Team’ of Asheville pub management,” says Thirsty Monk founder Barry Bialik, whose company is preparing to open its fourth Asheville location.
Bialik recently promoted Chall Gray to vice president in anticipation of a busy 2014. Gray, a native of Western North Carolina, is well-known in the area as an entrepreneur and theater and music producer.
Not to be outdone by New York City, Asheville is about to introduce its own Beer City version of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. The ever-innovative folks at Thirsty Monk will ring in 2014 by dropping a decorated and illuminated beer keg down a 20-foot cast-iron pole at the stroke of midnight at the brewery’s newest location in Biltmore Park.
In WNC, we’ve got mountains, an agreeable climate, good food and a thriving beer scene, complete with brew-centric festivals. What more could you ask for? Someone to drive you around from brewery to brewery while you liberally sample? Well, we’ve got that too. Brews Cruise, started by Asheville local Mark Lyons, provides an insider’s take […]