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Ben Dofflemyer

Since moving from Virginia in early 2014, mainly for the craft beer and the live music, I’ve been involved in following both very actively. My herbalist girlfriend and I also enjoy getting out in nature with our dog, wildcrafting the edible and medicinal flora and taking in the beautiful scenery. My past experience in graphic design and working with signs landed me my first job in Asheville, where I was fortunate to meet a lot of up-and-coming as well as long established local business people. Now I am a salesman for Arcdyn Inc., a local wholesale security camera distributor, while writing about beer and music as a hobby. I am also very excited to be a part of the Asheville Blog team!

AB InBev Acquires Wicked Weed Brewing

wicked weed bought

It’s finally happened...  A local Asheville brewery has sold out to the multinational beverage company, AB Inbev.  The whole town went up in arms last year over rumors that New Belgium might be getting sold out to AB Inbev.  That never was a part of the plan for New Belgium though.

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Tasty Beverage Company’s 2nd Anniversary

Tasty Beverage Company

Tasty Beverage Company is hosting a very special event to celebrate the second anniversary of the opening of their Asheville location on Coxe Avenue.  The festivities begin at noon and continue through 6:00pm or until you all drink all the beer.

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RIVVRS Live At New Mountain


You may recognize the music of singer/songwriter RIVVRS from his song “Ready To Begin” as the theme song for the NFLs Monday Night Football during the 2016 season.  He also has had songs featured on television shows like the Netflix original series “Flaked,” as well as “Bates Motel” on A&E.  Most recently, the song “I Will Follow You” was recently featured in the NBC series, “About A Boy.”  

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Betaplane at Burnpile Harvest Festival


It’s the time of year for what is possibly my favorite beer event of the year!  Burial Beer Co. is hosting the 3rd Annual Burnpile Harvest Festival today Saturday, October 29th beginning at 12:00pm and going until 10:00pm.  Burnpile is a celebration of the harvest season, showcasing beer from over 30 breweries from around the country brewed with a plethora of autumnal ingredients, paired with great regional live music.

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Marian McLaughlin Plays First Show in Asheville 8/23

marian mclaughlin

Marian McLaughlin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist pushing the boundaries of folk music. Weaving together imaginative lyrics, intricate classical guitar work, and rhapsodic delivery, she creates songs of exquisite detail. McLaughlin works closely with arranger and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Foote, who leads ensembles large and small in accompanying McLaughlin, including for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2014 and for her 2015 album Spirit House, the follow-up to her 2014 debut album Dérive. 

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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Recruits Local Breweries To Help Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

blue ridge parkway

During the Asheville Summer, you may find yourself cooling off at the bottom of a waterfall, checking out the views from 6,000 feet, biking through the lush forests, or countless other outdoor activities.  To get to these alluring destinations, you will probably use a portion of the 175-mile portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that meanders through Western North Carolina.  

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Asheville Beer Week 2016: To-Do List

asheville beer week

Next week marks the beginning of the 5th Annual Asheville Beer Week, and to say that there is a lot going on would be an understatement.  There are over 70 events planned around town including small batch beer releases, noteworthy tap takeovers, educational seminars, food pairings, and plenty of other festivities for everyone.  

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Asheville Spring Seasonal Beer Roundup

South Slope Tours

When it comes to beer, the styles and ingredients used can vary greatly by season.  Sometimes it can be hard to choose a favorite, between drinkable Hefeweizens and Pilsners in the heat of Summer, Spiced Stouts in the cold of Winter, or pumpkin ales in… July?!  Oh well, let’s not go there yet.

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A Beer Festival Beyond Just Tasting – Asheville Beer Expo

Asheville Beer Expo 2016

This past Saturday, February 27th, The Venue in Downtown Asheville was filled wall-to-wall with craft beer lovers, brewers, and entrepreneurs as they hosted the Asheville Beer Expo.  The Asheville Brewers Alliance invited about 30 breweries to this variation on a common beer festival.

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A Taste of the 9th Annual Winter Warmer

Asheville Winter Warmer

The US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville hosted the 9th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival this Saturday.  Many of the region’s finest breweries were in attendance as well as booths for local food and other organizations, including the event’s main sponsor, MountainTrue.

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