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Laura M. LaVoie

Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer living in Asheville North Carolina. She lives in a 120 square foot house in the mountains north of Asheville with her partner, Matt, and their hairless Sphynx cat, Piglet. The tiny house is off the grid and the couple generate all of their power through solar panels and collect all of their water from a natural spring. When not living off the grid, Laura enjoys the beer culture of the Asheville area, voted Beer City USA 4 years in a row.

Green Man Brewery’s Harvester

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My Asheville amble of autumn ales is awesome!See what I did there.Dark and mysterious....Well, anyway. I recently found myself at Green Man Brewery or, as locals like to call it, Dirty Jack's. It is called that because of their original relationship wi...

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Wicked Weed Off With Their Gourds! PumpkAnne Ale

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I have loved Wicked Weed since it opened early this year. I was excited to read that they were doing not just one but a series of pumpkin ales this Fall. The series is called "The Gourds are Coming" an they will be releasing each pumpkin beer throughou...

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And Now For Something Completely Different

I love to drink beer seasonally and for me the impending Fall means Browns, Pumpkins, and Oktoberfests. Sierra Nevada's regular Fall seasonal, Tumbler, is probably my favorite brown this time of year. I've already enjoyed a few in early September.But t...

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Autumn Beer with a Side of Laundry

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It is no secret that I am a huge fan of The Bar of Soap on Merrimon Road in North Asheville. This Laundromat that is also a bar that is also a used book store that now also serves food is a great spot to spend an evening. You can get your clothes clean...

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Autumn Seasonal Beer Time!


Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest 2012Hello very neglected beer blog. I attempted to make an effort to post here more during Asheville Beer Week and only managed one post. I am a bad beer writer.But I like to think of myself as a good beer drinker.Beer d...

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Asheville Beer Week 2013: Sunday through Tuesday


This weekend kicked off the second annual Asheville Beer Week. I have been waiting 365 days for this week long, city wide event. Matt on the BusA rival from Grand Rapids MIThe week started off with a bang. On Sunday afternoon we went on the LaZoom Come...

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The Best Beer You Can’t Get in Asheville


As you might have noticed, I am a fan or broadly sweeping statements. I thought I might share with you my favorite regional beer from somewhere other than North Carolina.The key statement here is that this beer is not available in North Carolina. Sure,...

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Beer City USA Poll Open Until Friday, May 10th


Taps at Green Man Brewery, AKA Dirty Jack's, in AshevilleThere are just a couple of day left to vote for Beer City USA. Check out the poll here if you haven't voted yet. I cast my vote on Monday. I voted for Asheville, of course. There are 22 cities on...

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Beer and There – Beyond Asheville: Flagstaff, Arizona


I just got back from a week's vacation in the southwest. We started out visiting some friends in Albuquerque and ended up visiting some friends in Phoenix and in between we enjoyed time in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Jerome.As you might imagine Matt and I c...

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Drink Seasonaly: Devil’s Britches from Highland Brewing


Yesterday someone asked me the question:"What is your favorite beer?"How in the world does someone answer that question? I guess a lot of people have a go-to beer or a favorite style. For me it seemed like trying to pick a favorite child. I thought abo...

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