Ciao Asheville: An Italian Cultural Forum launches on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Metro Wines. Also: A Taste of Italy; Harvesting for the Community; Modernist Cuisine and more in this week’s Small Bites.
From unexpected expansions to hemp beers, the local brewing industry overlapped in a handful of standout areas over the past year.
Wicked Weed turns six, Burial has its biannual release of Skillet and more local beer news.
**UPDATED DEC. 21** Area breweries answer Sierra Nevada’s call to brew a Resilience IPA and raise funds for people impacted by the California Camp Fire and more local beer news.
**UPDATED NOV. 30** Craft Centric and TreeRock Social celebrate their first anniversaries, UpCountry taps an Almond Joy-inspired porter and more local beer news.
The Hope Chest for Women connects those struggling with breast and gynecological cancer to community resources. The nonprofit provides funds for vitamins, medications, utility payments, specialized medical supplies, co-pays and other practical expenses for those living or receiving treatment in 22 counties in Western North Carolina.
**UPDATED OCT. 25** Wicked Weed releases this year’s Dark Arts, Twin Leaf taps a candy roaster squash beer made in collaboration with Slow Food Asheville and more local beer news.
**UPDATED OCT. 17** Tasty Beverage and Bruisin’ Ales celebrate an exciting new Foothills release, The Whale hosts an Oktoberfest and more local beer news.
**UPDATED SEPT. 26** Multiple Asheville area breweries take home GABF medals, Appalachian Vintner and Eurisko collaborate on a New England IPA and more local beer news.
**UPDATED MARCH 21** Luella’s collaborates with Wicked Weed on a golden sour, five Asheville breweries remain in Strange Carolinas’ North Carolina Beer Bracket and more local beer news.
Wicked Weed Brewing’s Funkatorium hosts the Real Estate Agents Combating Homelessness fund launch party. Also: The town of Fletcher hosts its 17th annual Chili Cook-Off; the Organic Growers School talks food sovereignty and agriculture in Cuba; Blue Spiral 1 hosts its first art dinner pairing; Your Vegan Mentor demonstrates homemade soups; and author Julia Turshen celebrates her latest cookbook at Nightbell.
Each of the nine breweries along or near Coxe Avenue will debut a beer created specially for the collaborative Monday, Oct. 30, event.
**UPDATED OCT. 18** Oskar Blues’ Death By Coconut and Wicked Weed’s Dark Arts receive release parties, plus other local beer news.
**UPDATED SEPT. 22** Whistle Hop brings back its Orange Blossom Ginger Tripel, UpCountry cans its second brew and more local beer news.
**UPDATED SEPT. 8** UpCountry welcomes Southbound Brewing to the Asheville market with a collaborative event and brew, Asheville Brewing and Industry Nine bring back i9PA 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 JUNE 29** Upcountry, Twin Leaf and Burial share small-batch creations made with local ingredients while Thirsty Monk welcomes Sixpoint to the Western North Carolina market.
Customers at Bern’s Biercafé Au Trappiste purchased the pub’s discounted stock of Wicked Weed bottles and smashed them outside the building in a Boston Tea Party-like protest.
Amid industry and public backlash, the Asheville brewery says it remains committed to its employees and the community.
The award-winning, Asheville-based craft brewery will become part of the international corporation’s High End unit.
**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.