Ben Dofflemyer – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 AB InBev Acquires Wicked Weed Brewing http://ashevilleblog.com/ab-inbev-acquires-wicked-weed-brewing/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ab-inbev-acquires-wicked-weed-brewing/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:24 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11039 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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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.

Some folks are completely surprised to hear that Wicked Weed Brewing has become AB Inbev’s latest acquisition.  Others seem to realize that Wicked Weed was founded by millionaire businessmen who likely had every intention of selling out when a proper offer was made.  After all, that is the goal of a successful business.

The thing that many find surprising is that Wicked Weed’s beer is adventurous, exciting, and different, which is unlike most of the other beers in Ab Inbev’s catalog.

It’s been very exciting and interesting to watch Wicked Weed grow seemingly exponentially.  Just 5 years ago the downtown Brewpub facility was where the entire operation went down.  The addition of the Funkatorium and the production facility in Enka seemed to happen overnight.

There is now a fourth facility in Arden, dubbed the Funk House, dedicated to producing massive amounts of sour beer.  I heard they even have a warehouse just for aging hops to use in sour beer.

We can no doubt to expect to see more growth from Wicked Weed with a surplus of funding that will undoubtedly come from this buyout.  They have made a lot of friends in the community in the past 5 years, it will be interesting to see how those relationships evolve and change in a city that isn’t typically tolerant to big business.

What do you think about Wicked Weed selling out to AB Inbev?  Will you continue to buy their beer?

UPDATES:  Wicked Weed is no longer a voting member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild.

Jester King has announced that they will no longer sell Wicked Weed beer on premises, they are also pulling out of a collaboration project and will no longer be attending the Funkatorium Invitational (announcement here).

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales has also confirmed that they will no longer be attending the Funkatorium Invitational.  They have also decided to pull their name from their collaboration projects with Wicked Weed (announcement here).

The Rare Barrel has also pulled their name from a collaboration that they had in the works with Wicked Weed and  in an official announcement.

We reached out to the

The growing list of breweries that have confirmed that they will not be attending the Funkatorium Invitational includes:

  • Jester King Brewery
  • Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
  • Grimm Artisanal Ales
  • OEC Brewing
  • Jackie O’s Public House & Brewpub
  • Wooden Robot Brewery
  • Trillium Brewing Company
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales
  • Steel String Brewing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Creature Comforts
  • Almanac Beer Co
  • Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing
  • Casa Agria Specialty Ales
  • Birds Fly South Ale Project
  • Paradox Beer Co
  • de Garde Brewing
  • Springdale Brewery
  • Cascade Brewing Barrel House
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Funk Factory Geuzeria
  • Holy Mountain Brewing
  • Side Project Brewing
  • Three Taverns Brewery
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales

 

Wicked Weed has announced that the festival will continue as planned and that they will release a new list of breweries participating.

 

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Tasty Beverage Company’s 2nd Anniversary http://ashevilleblog.com/tasty-beverage-companys-2nd-anniversary/ http://ashevilleblog.com/tasty-beverage-companys-2nd-anniversary/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:54:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11043 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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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.

Their South Slope neighbor, Hi-Wire Brewing, has created “A Very Tasty Beverage” for the event.  To create this beer, a Grisette fermented with brettanomyces and white grapes was blended with a mature sour blonde ale and then aggressively dry-hopped.  This will be available in bottles and on draft while supplies last.  

Oh yeah… There will also be some very special draft selections including, “but not limited to,” Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing, Cerise Morte from Wicked Weed, KBS from Founders Brewing, The Melancholy of Our Departure from Burial Beer Co, and Prairie Paradise from Prairie Artisan Ales.

Come on out and enjoy some delicious beverages and good company at Tasty Beverage, 162 Coxe Avenue, from noon to 6:00pm tomorrow.  Chombers!

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RIVVRS Live At New Mountain http://ashevilleblog.com/rivvrs-live-at-new-mountain/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rivvrs-live-at-new-mountain/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:38:12 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10688 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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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.”  

RIVVRS released his debut full-length album earlier this year, which was featured on iTunes.  He’s been out touring to support the album and will be bringing the show to New Mountain AVL tonight.

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with RIVVRS and ask him a couple questions about his music and the latest tour.

You have a pretty extensive tour coming up!  Have you been to this part of the country before or are these the first RIVVRS shows in the Midwest and on the East Coast?

This is the very first time.  I’ve definitely done some traveling in my life, but I’ve never actually been to your city and I’ve never spent that much time at all on the East Coast.  I’m very excited to see it all!

You had a new album (Unfamilar Skin) released in March of this year, I know one particular song seems to have gotten a lot of traction on TV, especially in the athletics world and on a couple of new TV shows.  What was the process like writing your latest album?

That one was actually very nice because I don’t have a whole lot of pressure in terms of a record label or anything like that.  So while I was writing that album I didn’t really have one of those – There can be moments in song-writing where you feel like you’re kind of forcing something –  and I didn’t really feel that with this, which was great, so the process was very relaxed.  

Also, because the songs were written over a course of about 2 years, so once I had a real big back catalog of songs that I thought were my strongest work I started kind of trimming the fat, and taking the best ones, then trimming the fat some more.  I had like 20 songs that got whittled down to about 8.  I had a few other ones that I wanted to release on the record, but I decided to kind of hold them back, and those are songs I think you’ll start seeing come out in the next couple of months.

I was going to ask if you had any new tours or releases coming up in 2017 but it sounds like you definitely do.  Can you tell us more about that?

Yeah, absolutely.  I have a lot of music still, and I’m always writing new stuff so I’m always adding to that catalog.  I still have about six or seven strong songs that I want to start releasing in the next year.  And I’m going to release a new single called Change.  And that actually comes out this upcoming Friday, so I think it’s available for pre-order now.  

Do you have a band that you usually record with in the studio or that you take on the road.  And is it always the same group of musicians or does that change frequently?

Well that’s the process is I don’t actually have a band.  For the recordings I played most of the instruments myself, and then I’ll either hire a drummer out, or depending on who I’m working with, like if I’m writing the songs with somebody who’s a good drummer, sometimes they’ll just play the drums.  But there’s no real set cast characters, I’d say.  I just just kind of have RIVVRS as the main umbrella, and then the common denominator is me.  I do hire out good friends who have been pretty consistent for  the last six or seven months, where we’ve been playing a lot of shows together.  

But this tour I’m actually going to be playing solo, so I’ll be doing all of my songs by myself.  I’ll try to make it a little interesting with, like, some piano, play some electric guitar, harmonica and stuff.  

What artists did you listen to growing up that sort of developed your sound?

Well I love, the number one that comes to mind is Tom Petty.  My dad, of course from his generation was very much into the 70s and 80s music.  So Tom Petty was one that kind of was really introduced to his music at a really young age.  I’ve always really loved Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and even further back.  Um, I really like Paul Simon, and I really like Van Morrison, and those are kind of like, the old school ones.

But when I was like, probably 12 or 13, when I first started wanting to play music – I was actually in a really heavy rock phase – like AC/DC and Black Sabbath, and that’s what I really thought I wanted to do.  Then at like thirteen or fourteen I obviously went a little more Tom Petty, I think.  

As far as your song, Ready To Begin, which is now on Monday Night Football, and a couple of other TV shows.  Do you have sort of a made-for-TV sound or can you tell us how that process works?

No, not really.  I mean, I’ve been really lucky.  My manager is a former music supervisor, so he’s just got a lot of connections in that world of kind of like, sync and placement.   I get that question a lot where people are like, “did you write this song for this, or this for that?”  It’s really not, I’m just getting my catalog licensed.  

So in this particular case, for ESPN, I actually got an email myself.  I never really receive direct emails for licensing, it’s usually through a company called Primary Wave.  And then by the time I hear about it, it’s usually already kind of established.  But in this case I just got a random email from ESPN directly, I thought it was junk mail, so I kind of ignored it.  And then after I looked at it again it was basically saying, “Hey, can we use your song in Monday Night Football for the 2016 season?”  And I didn’t really think it was going to happen, and sure enough about 6 or 7 weeks later was when they had the first game.  I didn’t actually find out until I was watching it and I heard it.

Other than that, yeah it was very surreal.  I’m a San Francisco 49ers fan (unfortunately) and it was the first game of the season so we were watching it as fans, and just to have that kind of connection to it was really cool.

You were touring, opening for some other artists like Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol.  Who do you relate to and maybe like an idol in a sense, someone you would like to work or tour with?

Well you know who I went and saw recently that I would love to tour with, though I don’t know how good of a fit it would be – I guess somewhat – would be Alabama Shakes.  I think that they put on, probably the best live show I’ve seen in a long time.  I mean, I go to a lot of live shows and there’s something about them that’s just really stood out, and their music I love.  And they had Dawes open for them on their last tour, and if I could get in on that bill that would be great!

Those guys are all in a different league though, and you know, that’s the thing about this tour is this will give me a lot more experience on the road.  I’ll be playing a little more consistently than I have in the past, so hopefully it’ll open up those opportunities.  

Well we’re looking forward to the show and can’t wait to see what the future holds for RIVVRS.

Thanks.  I’m really excited to see your city and see what you guys are all about.  Looking forward to it!

Keep up with RIVVRS on this exciting tour by following his Facebook Page and be sure to check out his show at New Mountain tonight!

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Betaplane at Burnpile Harvest Festival http://ashevilleblog.com/betaplane-burnpile-harvest-fest/ http://ashevilleblog.com/betaplane-burnpile-harvest-fest/#respond Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:34:10 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10651 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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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.

Burnpile will also include a lineup of live music from across our region, including local Asheville post-rock band, Betaplane, who will make their return to the stage at Burial beginning at 5:00pm.  They were recently noted as a “Buzzworthy Band” by Asheville Grit, and won Judges Choice at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards for their video of their song Friday.

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch one of their rare previous performances at Burial or The One Stop, you know that we are in for a treat at this year’s Burnpile Harvest Fest.

“This started, and is still very much a creative project,” says Betaplane guitarist Will Little, “we’ve been writing and rehearsing together for several years but this will only be our third public performance, and second at Burial.”

While you can’t try any of the beers until the festival kicks off, you don’t have to wait to sample some of Betaplane’s psychedelic ambient grooves.  They have 3 new tracks on their Bandcamp page just released this week leading up to the show.  You can listen to them here.

While we recorded the tracks at Echo Mountain last November we did all the editing, mixing, mastering and post production ourselves,”  says Little.  “We did one day of tracking and hope to have 4 or 5 complete songs from there. There will be another track following soon, but we really wanted to get a few out in anticipation for the Burnpile performance. There are already some early ideas in place for another video for Horizons as well.”

If you like what you hear, you’re in luck.  Betaplane aims to increase the frequency of public appearances and hopefully drop a debut album in 2017.  Be sure to follow them closely though, because they will likely be releasing tracks as they finish leading up to the complete album.

Little notes, “we have some tracks that are almost finished and we hope to add to our catalog with more self-produced and recorded material.”

Follow Betaplane’s Facebook and Bandcamp pages to stay in the loop.

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Marian McLaughlin Plays First Show in Asheville 8/23 http://ashevilleblog.com/marian-mclaughlin-plays-first-show-in-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/marian-mclaughlin-plays-first-show-in-asheville/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:24:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10458 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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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.

Marian will be playing a show at The Mothlight in West Asheville Tuesday, August 23rd. We sat down with Marian for an interview about her first time playing in Asheville with her new bandmates who form the Marian McLaughlin Trio.

Q: You’ve been playing in the DC/Baltimore area for quite some time, and you spent some time touring up in New York and Massachusetts this year.  What motivated you to come down south and book a show in Asheville?

A: A simple answer…Asheville is wonderful!  I’ve visited numerous times over the years and I’ve always enjoyed my time there.  DC and Baltimore are my home-base cities, and Buffalo is becoming another go-to spot since our cellist Katie Weissman lives there.  We often start our tours in Buffalo and end them in DC, or vice versa.  There are lots of cities in between Buffalo and DC, and we find that touring regionally is somewhat sustainable.  For this tour, we decided to add more dates so we could bring our music to Virginia and North Carolina.  I’m actually from Virginia, so I have friends all over the state.  We’re looking forward to playing in some new cities!

Q: During this tour you are accompanied by Ethan Foote, whom you mentioned in your Tiny Desk Concert with NPR has been working up some really beautiful string arrangements, as well as the very talented Katie Weissman on cello to help bring those arrangements together.  What goes into deciding the accompaniments in your touring band?

A: Ethan and I have been working together for over three years. We started collaborating in 2013 while I was recording my first album.  I shared some demos with him and he came over to jam on the songs.  He had mapped out a chord chart for one of the songs, which was really awesome since it was my first time seeing some kind of theoretical notation for my music.  I loved all of the ideas that he brought to the table, and it was also the first time I played with someone who really seemed to understand where I was trying to go with my songs.  Around that time, I asked Ethan if he wanted to try playing the songs at shows, and from that point on, he kept writing parts to other songs.  It grew from there. We went from playing as a duo to having strings on some songs, to working with a full ensemble for Spirit House.  

As cool as it would be to tour with the ensemble, it’s definitely not a sustainable option.  Since our project is modular, we thought it’d be cool to tour with a smaller setup.  Touring as a trio works out really nicely, we all vibe together on and off stage.  We’re really dedicated to the music and we also split up the workload for managing tours…for instance, someone handles administrative stuff for one leg of the tour while someone takes on the other.  We’re also able to express a dynamic range of sound with the three instruments.  I feel incredibly blessed and honored to have this opportunity to work extensively with Ethan and Katie.

Q: And while we’re on the topic of NPR Music… In an interview with Bob Boilen, you mention the strategy known as Dérive which undoubtedly inspired your first album of the same name.  Is your latest album, Spirit House, driven by the same theory or are there any new concepts you’ve since learned about that you utilize in your songwriting and performances?

A: For a while I saw parallels in the concept of my songwriting to the theory of dérive, which, in a nutshell is to go on an unplanned journey and to let your surroundings guide you through your experience.  I still feel like I relate to this practice when it comes to songwriting.  I begin a lot of my lyrics on walkabouts, where an idea spontaneously pops up in my head and I’ll start stringing together thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness manner.  I feel like walking without a set route in mind helps clear the mind and invites fresh thought patterns to evolve.  It’s also nice to sing along with your body’s movement and rhythms.  

As for my guitar-playing, my approach is very intuitive.  I like to seek out interesting patterns and shapes. Sometimes I also see similarities to collaging and songwriting, assembling little bits and pieces here and there and stitching them together to create something unexpected.

As time progresses, I feel like I am getting a better grasp on songwriting and I am understanding the elements more.  Even though my writing can have a meandering nature, I try to make my songs come across as cohesive.  Once I have an initial idea, I’ll start chipping away at the marble to give the song form.  I want some of the songs to have storytelling elements.  I want to have character and plot development, and I want to convey a message.  Sometimes my songs will be a bit lengthy, but it’s hard to stop once I get started.  I think it’s important for people to write and share long-form music with unusual structures.  That’s they way people have shared songs and stories for centuries and it’s something that should continue even as music morphs into many forms.

Q: According to your Facebook Page you have been in the studio lately, should we expect any new material anytime soon?

A: Yes! We had a day off this past Thursday and we were trying to figure out how to spend it.  Someone offered us free studio time and we jumped on that opportunity.  I’m currently working on material for a third album and in July, I sent three demos over to Ethan so he could write arrangements for the tour.  It wasn’t until our first rehearsal together in August (two days before our first show of the tour) that I heard how the arrangements sounded with my songs.  I always enjoy Ethan’s contributions and know that they’ll add a lot to the music.
During our recent trip to the studio, We recorded higher quality demos of the new songs.  I hope that one of the songs will be in good enough shape that I could casually release it this fall before our U.K. tour.  I have a whole vision for my third album and I’m really excited to write and perform the new material!

Who: Marian McLaughlin Trio

What: First time playing in Asheville

Where: The Mothlight 701 Haywood Road

When: August 23rd, 2016. Doors are at 9

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Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Recruits Local Breweries To Help Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service http://ashevilleblog.com/brpf-recruits-local-breweries-to-celebrate-100-years-national-park-service/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brpf-recruits-local-breweries-to-celebrate-100-years-national-park-service/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:03:38 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10411 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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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.  

It’s also a common practice to end the day’s adventure with a cold beer from one of our area’s dozens of exceptional breweries.  The folks at The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation recognize that outdoors and imbibement are best enjoyed together in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  They’ve asked 17 different local WNC breweries to each create a unique beer that they feel represents our vibrant local flora and topography as a way of celebrating 100 years since the inception of the National Park Service.

The Find Your Pint event series will include lot’s of great beers that will be released throughout the rest of August and throughout September at the various breweries.  Each event will have a unique sticker for your Parkway Beer Passport booklet, which will also be available at each event.  Once you have your Passport, you can register online for a chance to win tickets to an exclusive event at New Belgium at the end of it all, the date of this event is still TBA.

The series will kick off at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain tonight (Friday, August 12th) beginning at 5:00pm with free live music starting at 8:00pm!.  The rest of the events will take place throughout Asheville, Waynesville, Sylva, Black Mountain, and Fletcher.  The breweries will be donating a portion of sales from each event’s special beer to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway, so be sure to get out to as many events as possible and fill your passport with stickers to show your support!

For more information and last minute updates, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s website and Facebook Page, and we’ll see you out there!



Pisgah Brewing Company

150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain

Date: Friday, August 12, 5 p.m.

The Beer: Little Slaty Extra Pale Ale, the fifth installment of the Seven Sisters IPA series is named for the mountain range that overlooks the brewery in the Swannanoa River Valley

The Event: Pisgah will donate $1 from every pint of Little Slaty sold. Free live music with Vibe & Direct starts at 8 p.m. www.pisgahbrewing.com

 

Catawba Brewing Company

32 Banks Ave. #105, Asheville

Date: Thursday, August 18

The Beer: Milepost 316.3 IPA, named for the spot that marks Linville Falls Overlook and the headwaters of the Catawba River

The Event: In addition to the beer release, there will be live music and a food truck. Catawba will donate $1 from each Milepost 316.3 IPA sold. www.catawbabrewing.com

 

Boojum Brewing Company

357 Dayton Drive, Waynesville

Date: Friday, August 19

The Beer: Three small batch beers featuring wild blueberries, including Graveyard Fields Blueberry Coffee Porter

The Event: Boojum will donate $1 from each pint sold. www.boojumbrewing.com

 

Innovation Brewing

414 W. Main St., Sylva

Date: Sunday, August 21

The Beer: Black Balsam Porter, named after the scenic area at milepost 420.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Event: In addition to the beer release, Innovation will host a show of local art focused on the Blue Ridge Parkway. www.innovation-brewing.com

 

Highland Brewing Company

12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville

Date: Thursday, August 25 + Nonprofit of the month

The Beer: Cranberry Ridge Wheat, named for Cranberry Ridge at milepost 452.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Event: For every pour on August 25, $1 will be donated. A portion of proceeds for all of August will also benefit the Foundation. www.highlandbrewing.com

 

Twin Leaf Brewery

144 Coxe Ave., Asheville

Date: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28

The Beer: Ridge Rider DIPA, brewed with Centennial hops in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service

The Event: Ten percent of sales from Ridge Rider Double IPA through the weekend will be donated. Leading up to the event, beer fans are invited to enter a Blue Ridge Parkway photo contest by tagging images with #ridgerider. A winning image will be selected at the event. www.twinleafbrewery.com

 

Blue Ghost Brewing Company

125 Underwood Road, Fletcher

Date: Saturday, August 27

The Beer: Blueberry Fields Wheat Ale, made with North Carolina blueberries harvested from Graveyard Fields, milepost 418

The Event: For every pint sold, $1 will be donated until the two-barrel batch is gone. www.blueghostbrewing.com

 

New Belgium Brewing Company

21 Craven St., Asheville

Date: Thursday, September 1 – Friday, September 30

The Beer: Ranger IPA

The Event: Proceeds from every Ranger IPA sold during September will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. www.newbelgium.com

 

Burial Beer Co.

40 Collier Ave., Asheville

Date: Friday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.

The Beer: A yet-to-be-revealed new brew crafted in the spirit of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway

The Event: Head brewer Tim Gormley will speak about the exclusive, one-off beer and Burial’s new facility and its connection to the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Burial will donate $1 from each pint until the 10-barrel batch is gone. www.burialbeer.com

 

Sweeten Creek Brewing

1127 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Date: Saturday, September 3

The Beer: Busbee Black IPA, named for the mountain which cradles the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains to Sea Trail and harbors the headwaters of Sweeten Creek

The Event: Sweeten Creek will donate $1 from every Busbee Black IPA sold. www.sweetencreekbrewing.com

 

Green Man Brewery

27 Buxton Ave., Asheville

Date: Friday, September 9

The Beer: A yet-to-be-named brew made with berries found growing along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Event: Green Man will donate $1 from every pint sold. www.greenmanbrewery.com

 

Lookout Brewing Company

103 S. Ridgeway Ave. #1, Black Mountain

Date: Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11

The Beer: Dark Town Brown Sour

The Event: For two days, Lookout will donate $1 from each pint of Dark Town Brown Sour. www.lookoutbrewing.com

 

Hi-Wire Brewing

197 Hilliard Ave., Asheville

Date: Thursday, September 15

The Beer: All beers on tap

The Event: During its weekly nonprofit night, Hi-Wire Brewing will donate 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds. www.hiwirebrewing.com

 

Asheville Brewing Co.

675 Merrimon Ave. and 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville

Date: Friday, September 16, 5 p.m.

The Beer: Blue Ridge Blueberry Breakfast Pale Ale

The Event: The draft release will go on simultaneously at both Asheville locations, and $1 from the sale of each pint of Blue Ridge Blueberry Breakfast Pale Ale will be donated until the batch is gone. www.ashevillebrewing.com

 

Wicked Weed Brewing

91 Biltmore Ave., Asheville

Date: Saturday, September 17

The Beer: An original American Wheat with blackberries, dandelion root, and yarrow leaves, which all grow wild on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 5.5% ABV

The Event: Wicked Weed will donate $1 from every pint of the special release beer sold. www.wickedweedbrewing.com

 

Thirsty Monk

92 Patton Ave., Asheville; 51 N. Merrimon Ave. #113, Woodfin; 2 Town Square Blvd. #170, Biltmore Park

Date: Thursday, September 22

The Beer: A special selection of the day

The Event: At all three locations, Thirsty Monk will donate $1 per pint of the selected beer.

www.monkpub.com

 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher

Date: Monday, September 26 – Sunday, October 2

The Beer: Blue Ridge Red, a hoppy red ale brewed with local honey

The Event: Sierra Nevada will donate $1 from every pint of Blue Ridge Red sold from September 26 through October 2. www.sierranevada.com

 

8/12 — Pisgah Brewing Company — Little Slaty (Hoppy Pale)

8/18 — Catawba Brewing Company — Milepost 316.3 IPA

8/19 — Boojum Brewing Company — 3 different blueberry beers (including Graveyard Fields)

8/21 — Innovation Brewing — Black Balsam Porter + Art Show

8/25 — Highland Brewing Company — Cranberry Ridge Wheat

8/26 — Twin Leaf Brewery — Ridge Rider DIPA + Parkway Photo Contest

8/27 — Blue Ghost Brewing Company — Blueberry Fields Wheat Ale

9/1 — New Belgium Brewing Company — Ranger IPA (proceeds from the whole month of September)

9/2 — Burial Beer Co — Unknown beer made with local ingredients

9/3 — Sweeten Creek Brewing — Busbee Black IPA

9/9 — Green Man Brewery– Sour wheat beer made with local ingredients

9/10 — Lookout Brewing Company — Dark Town Brown Sour

9/15 — Hi-Wire Brewing — 15% of all beer sold that night

9/16 — Asheville Brewing Company & Asheville Pizza — Blue Ridge Blueberry Breakfast Pale Ale

9/17 — Wicked Weed Brewing — Unknown beer made to celebrate the Parkway

9/26 — Sierra Nevada Brewing Company — Blue Ridge Red


 

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Asheville Beer Week 2016: To-Do List http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-beer-week-2016-to-do-list/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-beer-week-2016-to-do-list/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 18:15:07 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10112 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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May 27th 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.  

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make every event, but we’ve highlighted a few events from throughout the week that we feel are definitely worth checking out.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Festivals!

As is tradition, Asheville Beer Week’s big kick-off event is the Beer City Festival, which features 32 breweries from the Asheville Brewers Alliance who will be showcasing the best beers in the region.  There will also be a full day of live music from Big Chief Juan Pardo & Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, The Cheeksters, Goldie & The Screamers, The Caesar Brothers’ Funk Box, and the Resonant Rogues.  At this point, the General Admission tickets for Beer City Festival have sold out!  However, they will have a limited amount of Designated Driver tickets available at the gate for $25 when things kick off at 1:00pm.

On Wednesday, June 1st at 5:30pm, Thirsty Monk Presents the 3rd Annual Not So Big Beer Festival in the Thirsty Monk Warehouse.  This small, intimate festival will feature some rare beers from a small hand full of world class breweries, including, but not limited to Prairie Artisan Ales, Evil Twin Brewing, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Allagash Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, and of course Thirsty Monk Brewer.  Tickets are only $10 and include a commemorative glass and a Thirsty Monk beer to-go, and you can purchase them here!

Asheville Beer Week will come to a close with the Just Brew It homebrew tasting and competition, presented by Just Economics.  The area’s most notable homebrewers will offer samples of their best recipes while they compete for prizes and bragging rights.  This is a great chance to try a lot of truly unique styles with a bolder approach than what you can find on tap from most brewing establishments.  You must be a 2016 member of Just Economics to attend, you can sign yourself up here. The event will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 2:00-5:00pm.

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Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing

Beer Week Is For Barrels

There are at least five brand new Barrel Aged beers being released during AVL Beer Week!  Though the art of barrel aging beer is nothing new to the Asheville beer scene, it does showcase the immense amount of time and patience that our local brewers put into their craft.  These releases will all be taking place at the respective breweries, some beers are available to-go while others are for on premises consumption only.

Asheville Brewing Company is releasing three very special barrel aged beers on May 28th at 12:00pm. Toasted Coconut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Carolina Mountain Monster Imperial Stout (say that five times fast), Brandy Barrel-Aged Ninjabread Man Porter, and Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel-Aged Carolina Mountain Monster Imperial Stout.  The brewers will be on hand to talk about these beers as well as the process of aging them.

On Sunday, May 29th, Burial Beer Co is releasing a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of perhaps their most famous beer, Skillet Donut Stout.  This version of the already delectable Skillet has been amped up to 9% ABV and laid to rest in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 9 months, making it the “illest skillet” of all!  It will be available in 750ml bottles for $18 (limit 2 per person) beginning at noon at Burial Beer, where it will also be on tap while supplies last.

You’ll definitely want to pace yourself though, because at 1:00pm Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain is releasing their newest barrel-aged 11.8% Imperial Stout, called Mountain County Stout.  This huge beer was put into Four Roses Bourbon barrels over 11 months ago when it was known as Chocolatized, the GABF Gold Medal winner from 2015.  In addition to the raw cacao nibs from French Broad Chocolates, they have also added a proprietary blend of dark roast coffee from their neighbors, Dynamite Roasting Company.  22oz bottles will be available at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 29th.

If you have recovered from that day of big beers, then head on down to the new brewery on the block, Bhramari Brewing, for their release of Rusty Buffalo, a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel aged Oud Bruin.  Available on draft all day on Thursday, June 2nd.

Also on Thursday, Green Man Brewing will be opening a time capsule of two of their Barrel Aged offerings, Demon Dweller and Holly King.  There will be multiple vintages of each beer on draft available as a flight or individually starting at 2:00pm.

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Hop-Centric Happenings

If dark beers aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there are a lot of other styles being released from various breweries throughout the week as well.   If hops are what you’re into, there is no shortage of IPA releases and other events to help you get your lupulin fix.

The hoppy festivities start off in a big way with Wicked Weed Brewing as they celebrate the release of their Ménage à Freak Triple IPA.  The tapping of this huge 11% hop-bomb will coincide with the release of a new bottle from Wicked Weed, simply called “Batch 1000.”  This very special bottle is a bourbon barrel aged imperial dark ale with turbinado sugar, dried cherries, golden raisins, star anise, rose hips, and plums.  Bottles of Batch 1000 will go on sale when they open the Wicked Weed Brewpub at 10:00am on Saturday.

On Thursday, June 2nd, Bruisin’ Ales will host a Blind IPA Tasting to find out if people really know their favorite local IPAs.   They’ll have 10 IPAs from various breweries around Asheville and the rest of WNC that participants will rate, then Bruisin’ Ales will reveal the winner at the end of the tasting!  You’ll get additional kudos and even a chance to win some prizes if you can correctly guess which IPA is which.  The tasting will run from 5:00-8:00pm.

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Tap Takeovers

Tap Takeovers are a great way to run the gamut of a given brewery’s options, or a style of beer in particular.  Throughout Asheville Beer Week there are about a dozen of these events happening throughout the week.  Sadly, we won’t be able to make them all, but here’s where you might find us!

Wicked Weed is hosting a couple of takeover events throughout the week, one at their Brewpub, and one at the Funkatorium.  On Sunday, May 29th, they will be tapping 10 of their regular and seasonal saisons at the Wicked Weed Brewpub for Saison Day.  Then on Friday, June 3rd beginning at 3:00pm, the Funkatorium will be hosting a very exciting collaborative takeover with Jester King from Austin, TX and Blackberry Farm Brewing from Walland, TN.

On Tuesday, May 31st at 8:00pm, Slick Rick The Ruler will be performing at The Grey Eagle while Lo-Fi Brewing in Charleston, SC takes over the taps for an unforgettable night of Old School hip-hop and great beer.  Tickets are $22 online and $25 the day of the show.

Tasty Beverage Company is having a Beer Week themed tap takeover on Wednesday, June 1st that will fill their draft spots with 10 different beers from 10 different local breweries.  Head on down there at 5:00pm and try a plethora of beers that Asheville has to offer!

The forecast for Asheville Beer Week couldn’t be better in terms of libations and weather.  Go out and support the local beer scene, wear sunscreen, and of course drink responsibly.

Stay tuned to the Asheville Blog’s Instagram for real-time event coverage.

Cheers!

May 27

12:00 PM – Sanctuary Shakeup
4:00 PM – Highland’s Rooftop Grand Opening
5:00 PM – Dinosour release @ ABC

 

May 28

12:00 PM – Barrel Aged Threesome
1:00 PM – Beer City Festival
5:00 PM – Menage a Freak Triple IPA Release Party

 

May 29

12:00 PM – BBA Seasoned Skillet Release
12:00 PM – Saison Sunday
1:00 PM – Mountain County Stout

 

May 30

Natural Born Farmer Release Ben’s & Bhramari
Beer Cocktails at Top of the Monk

 

May 31

6:00 PM – Wicked Weed/Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover Extravaganza
6:00 PM – Evolution of English IPA (Circa 1750-2000) Lecture and Tasting

 

June 1

3:00 PM – The Dweller Vertical Tasting
5:00 PM – Bruisin’ Ales:  Brewmaster’s Tasting with Don Richardson of Quest Brewing
5:00 PM – Asheville Brewers’ Tasty Invasion
5:30 PM – Not So Big Beer Festival

 

June 2

3:00 PM – Barrel Aged Vertical Tasting Green Man
4:00 PM – Skillet Six Ways
4:00 PM – Cask Night at Sierra Nevada Brewing
5:00 PM – Bruisin Ales:  Blind IPA Tasting

 

June 3

3:00 PM – Wicked Weed, Jester King, and Blackberry Farm Farmhouse Ale Event
5:00 PM – BerLemon Weisse Release @ ABC
6:00 PM – Asheville Beer Ice Cream Flight Night

 

June 4

12:00 PM – Crawfish Boil & Hi-Wire Lager and Gose Can Release
2:00 PM – Just Brew It
6:00 PM – Bruisin’ Ales Presents:  Flights and Bites

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Asheville Spring Seasonal Beer Roundup http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-spring-seasonal-beer-roundup/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-spring-seasonal-beer-roundup/#respond Fri, 06 May 2016 23:57:50 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10051 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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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.

This Spring has been, and will continue to be, a good season for beer here in Asheville.  This past weekend, Burial Beer Co hosted the Third Annual Sharpen The Blades Saison Festival.  Breweries from all over WNC contributed more than 30 saisons and farmhouse ales.   Salt & Smoke cooked up a delicious Belgian inspired menu and local Asheville group East Coast Dirt provided some soulful southern jams to groove to all afternoon.

This event coincided with the release of their latest 750ml bottle, Terrestrial Paradise, a Brett saison brewed with mango nectar.  There MIGHT be a few of these bottles lingering at the brewpub, and if they’re not gone already, they won’t last long.  You can surely get your hands on their freshest cans of Scythe Rye IPA and Ceremonial Session IPA that were both canned last week.

Hi-Wire Brewing is hoping to bring new attention to what they are calling a “misunderstood” style of beer, the Lager.   How Do You Lager Fest? will showcase lagers from a dozen breweries from around NC and SC, as well as Smuttynose Brewing Co and Brooklyn Brewery on the guest list.  There will also be 10 of Hi-Wire Brewing’s own specialty lagers as well as releasing the first batch of their Spring Maibock.  This event takes place from Noon – 8PM on Saturday, May 14 at Hi-Wire’s “Big Top” location.  

As for this weekend, you can stop by the brand new Funkatorium bottle shop and pick up a bottle of their sour offering, Myrtille, a barrel aged sour with 2lbs of blueberries per gallon.  If sour isn’t your style, they also have 4-packs of their freshest IPA, Hop Buglar, which is brewed with blood orange and grapefruit.  I would imagine we can expect a few sour related announcements from them in the coming weeks, as it’s almost Golden Angel season.

Mike Karnowski out at Zebulon Artisan Ales in Weaverville is rolling out quite a variety in his latest batches.  Batch #5 (for Yoko Ono), a “Tokyo Style Gose” brewed with local white miso and pickled ginger was released last week and can now be found in the finest bottle shops in town.  This very tart and tangy style is as unique as it sounds, and is perfect for the incoming warm weather.  This batch is bottled conditioned for you collectors.

Two great historical recreations are being released this weekend at Zebulon, Batch #6 (for Krishnamurti) and Batch #7 (for Lemmy) will both be available at the brewery, which is only open on Friday and Saturday from 1:00-6:00pm.  Batch #6 is an East India Pale Ale brewed the way it would have been around 1840, hopped up to about 140 IBUs and brewed with Brettanomyces wild yeast.  If you’re expecting a fresh and crisp IPA you may be a bit surprised to find that this beer is extremely funky, so if you’re into that, this beer is for you!  Batch #7 is an East India Porter that is historically accurate to the same era.  Expect this to be much more hoppy than what you can expect from most of today’s porters.  Both of these batches are also bottle conditioned.  

If you somehow think you’ve run out of beer to try in Asheville, stop in to Asheville’s latest venture in fermentation at Ben’s Tune-Up.  Since bringing on their new brewer, they have started offering their own ales, including Ben’s Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Candy Stout, and other small batch brews and collaborations with their neighbors on the South Slope.  Stay tuned for more info from our meet-up with Ben’s Tune-Up’s new brewer, Jason Riggs.  We’ll also have an update on what refreshing beers will be rolling out for summertime.

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A Beer Festival Beyond Just Tasting – Asheville Beer Expo http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-beer-expo-2016/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-beer-expo-2016/#respond Sun, 06 Mar 2016 00:49:14 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9794 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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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.

Beer was poured from multiple different stations located around The Venue while various panel discussions with industry professionals took place upstairs.  Each brewery had to select one beer to bring to the event that fit into one of the various categories of beer available, which were separated into;  Hops, Malt, Roast, Crisp, Tart & Funky, and Fruit & Spice.  Hickory Nut Gap Farm, No Evil Foods, Roots Hummus and French Broad Chocolates were there as well with samples of their delicious product to snack on in between pours.

Attendees also got a chance to interact with other industry specialists, including suppliers of glassware and other merchandise, insurance agents, and contractors.  White Labs, who is currently working on their new location on Charlotte Street downtown, and Riverbend Malt House were also on hand to talk about the raw ingredients needed to make the brews we all enjoy.

Each unique session throughout the day gave attendees a fun, informative look at a variety of topics ranging from the history of beer to what it takes to open a brewery.  During the first panel discussion of the day consisted of founders and brewers from Highland Brewing, Green Man Brewing, Asheville Brewing Co, and Catawba Brewing Company, the first four breweries who set the stage for the booming beer scene we have now.

Throughout the rest of the first session, panelists from Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Riverbend Malt House, and White Labs educated a crowded room about hops, water, malt and yeast.  The thirty-minute session covered the importance of each vital ingredient as well as how each one can be sourced in our bountiful region.  The third panel of the day involved a panel of brewers from Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, Hi Wire, Sierra Nevada and Twin Leaf had an in depth discussion on their thoughts on the return of craft lagers.  The group described the differences between lagers and ales as well as sharing their favorite commercial brands of the style.

Session one ended with a very special rare beer tasting involving Pisgah Brewing, Innovation Brewing, and Nantahala Brewing.  Each brewery brought out a bottle of a limited release bottle that a lot of folks in attendance wouldn’t have gotten a chance to try.  The theme of this particular tasting was “Big and Bold” beers.  Each of the four sessions offered a short time at the end for questions from the audience as well.

After an hour long break, Session 2 was underway.  The same great samples of beer and snacks were available while an entirely new series of panel discussions began upstairs.  The first panel, titled “Perspectives from Outside Beer City” was precisely as it sounds.  Founders, owners, and head brewers of Boojum Brewing, Lazy Hiker Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, and Lookout Brewery were on hand to talk about the growing beer scene, not just in Asheville, but all around WNC.

The sixth panel discussion of the day touched on the influence that the Appalachian terrior offers when it comes to ingredients that go into the local beer we all love.  Brewers from Burial Beer Co, Wicked Weed Brewing, and Appalachian Mountain Brewing discussed their passion for using local, native ingredients whenever possible and how that benefits them as well as the community.

The following panel was directed directly to people who are in the process of, or have thought about, opening a brewery of their own.  An experienced group consisting of a lawyer, an accountant, an equipment provider, a contractor and an architect covered some of the very important steps involved in opening a brewery that aren’t directly related to fermentation.

The event ended with another rare beer sampling, this time the theme was “Wild and Sour” beers and it included a cast of bottles from Burial Beer Co, Wicked Weed, and New Belgium Brewing.

A great time was had by all at the Asheville Beer Expo, and we look forward to seeing what is in store for the next Asheville Beer Expo!  Stay tuned to the Asheville Brewers Alliance’s Facebook Page and the Asheville Beer Expo’s website for updates on next year’s event!

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A Taste of the 9th Annual Winter Warmer http://ashevilleblog.com/taste-of-9th-annual-winter-warmer/ http://ashevilleblog.com/taste-of-9th-annual-winter-warmer/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:20:13 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9698 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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The US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville hosted the 9th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival this past 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.

The event was originally slotted for January 23rd, but was rescheduled due to Winter Storm Jonas.  Though there were a couple of breweries absent, there were plenty of delicious brews available from over two dozen breweries in the Southeast.

This year, guests were lucky enough to have Tröegs Independent Brewing as the “Guest Brewery,” a featured booth hosted by a brewery that is outside of our distribution area.  Tröegs brought kegs of their well known Mad Elf and Tröegenator Dopplebock, as well as the less available Scratch 212 Chocolate Stout, which kept the line long for this booth all day.

While the booths for Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Sweetwater, and Oskar Blues had impressive offerings, the small breweries stole the show.  While it was very hard to narrow down, here was a few of our favorites throughout the day, in no particular order:

Newgrass Brewing Co – Bourbon Barrel Aged Lily Bean Golden Stout

Granite Falls Brewing Co – 1716 Castle Stormer Scotch Ale

Pisgah Brewing Co – Vanilla Porter

Lazy Hiker Brewing Co– Bourbon Barrel Aged Double IPA

Blind Squirrel Brewery – She Gose Little Crazy

Southern Appalachian Brewing Co – Wild Artisanal Sour

French Broad Brewing Co – Flander’s Abbey Ale

There were also a few barley-free options at the 2016 Winter Warmer as well with Bold Rock and Urban Orchard offering pours of cider.  Bee & Bramble also treated us to samples of their Blackberry Ginger Melomel and Carolina Cyser, which were a great change of pace between all of the great beers.

A delicious spread, suitable for both carnivores and vegetarians, was also offered by Corner Kitchen and Chestnut, and a pair of live bands took turns entertaining us throughout the day for a very enjoyable (and warm) beer festival.

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